Darvish set to be Rangers opening day starter


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Ventura signs extension: As their win total plummeted last season, one thing remained steady for the Chicago White Sox -- their faith in Robin Ventura.

The White Sox rewarded their manager with a multi-year contract extension, announcing the move hours before their annual fan convention opened.

Opening day started: Yu Darvish will be the opening day starter for the Texas Rangers.

When asked by a fan Saturday at the team's Fan Fest who would start the March 31 opener against Philadelphia, manager Ron Washington said he thinks "it's obvious. It's Darvish."

Darvish was 13-9 with a 2.93 ERA in 32 starts last season. He led the majors with 277 strikeouts and was second in the AL Cy Young Award voting.

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