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Ned Yost Sensed Potential Yu Darvish No-Hitter

In an 8-4 victory over the Royals, the Texas Rangers were led by pitcher Yu Darvish who gave a dominant performance. So dominant that in the third inning, Royals manager Ned Yost predicted that Darvish could finish the game with a no-hitter, according to Dick Kaegel of

"In the third inning, I turned to Chino [Cadahia, bench coach] and said, 'Boy, this guy's got a shot at a no-hitter today,'" Royals manager Ned Yost said. "He was throwing a 97-mile-an-hour fastball, then a 95 that was cutting, sinking, and a 92-mph split. He had a 68-to-64-mph curveball. The variations on his speeds were tremendous, his command was excellent."

Darvish remained perfect until two outs in the sixth inning when he walked Johnny Giavotella. Two hits followed and the Royals broke up both the no-hitter and shutout bids.

While Darvish finished with a perfect seventh inning as well, the Royals managed to get two more runs off reliever Mike Adams in the eighth. Regardless, the damage was done by that point.

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