Darvish set to start Opening Day for Rangers

ARLINGTON, Texas — It’s still more than two months before the Texas Rangers open the season against the Philadelphia Phillies but manager Ron Washington has a good idea of who will be the Opening Day starter.

"I think it’s obvious," Washington said to a group of fans at the team’s Fan Fest. "It’s Yu Darvish."

Washington said as long as Darvish stays healthy between now and then, he’ll start March 31 at Rangers Ballpark.

If Darvish does get the start, he’d be the fifth different Texas pitcher to start Opening Day over the last five years. The last pitcher to start consecutive Opening Days was Kevin Millwood, who started four consecutive. Since then it’s been Scott Feldman (2010), C.J. Wilson (2011) and Matt Harrison (2012).