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Darvish almost perfect for Rangers against Astros

Wednesday - 4/3/2013, 5:03pm  ET

Texas Rangers starting pitcher Yu Darvish waves to the crowd after leaving the game after pitching a no-hitter into the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros Tuesday, April 2, 2013, in Houston. (AP Photo/Karen Warren, Houston Chronicle)

AP Sports Writer

HOUSTON (AP) -- Texas manager Ron Washington was certainly impressed as he watched Yu Darvish flirt with perfection.

He was even more blown away when he saw a television replay of the Japanese star coming within an out of the second perfect game in Rangers history.

Washington says, "he was nasty ... his ball was moving all over the place."

The celebrated right-hander struck out a career-high 14 in a 7-0 win over the Houston Astros on Tuesday night. He was in complete control before Marwin Gonzalez grounded the first pitch he saw up the middle with two outs in the ninth inning.

Darvish was unable to get his glove down in time and the ball skittered into center field well beyond a desperate dive by shortstop Elvis Andrus.

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