Ubaldo Jimenez has started an All-Star Game, pitched a no-hitter and awoke on a July morning with a 15-1 record as the talk of Major League Baseball.
No way a start in early May could match any of that in importance, except this one did. Seven shutout innings, better velocity on his fastball, a buckling curve and even the equivalent of a Yeti sighting (for him): A three-up, three-down seven-pitch inning against one of baseball's best lineups.
Right-handed hitters -- Rangers' right-handed hitters -- went 0-15 against him. Squaring off against Japanese sensation Yu Darvish, Jimenez outpitched the Rangers' ace, allowing two hits over seven innings.
He managed to stay composed even after a third inning in which he walked three, got two visits from catcher Carlos Santana and one from manager Manny Acta.
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Cleveland Plain Dealer | May 7