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Darvish roughed up, but recovers to win MLB debut

Prized Japanese pitching prospect Yu Darvish did not set the world on fire in his Major League Baseball debut but shrugged off a rough start to lead Texas to an 11-5 win over the Seattle Mariners on Monday.

Texas bid in excess of $51 million just to land exclusive negotiating rights with Darvish then handed the 25-year-old a six-year deal worth a reported $60 million.

However, the Rangers' new acquisition did not start out smoothly in front of the expectant home fans, walking two batters and unleashing a wild pitch during a rocky first inning where Seattle scored four times.

After allowing another run in the second, the big right-hander settled and went on to finish with eight hits, four walks and striking out five in 110 pitches over 5 2/3 innings.

The Rangers' (3-1) offense needed little time to warm up, Nelson Cruz hitting a three-run home run in the third to tie the game. Mitch Moreland smacked a two-run shot in the fourth, where Josh Hamilton also homered.

Ian Kinsler added a three-run blast in the eighth inning to bury the Mariners (3-2).

(Writing by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles; editing by Amlan Chakraborty/Peter Rutherford)

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