Cubs’ Darvish hurls two hitless innings in spring training debut

Chicago Cubs pitcher Yu Darvish greets teammate after the second inning of Tuesday’s spring training baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Mesa, Ariz. (AP Photo)

MESA, Ariz. (AP) — If Yu Darvish was tipping his pitches in the World Series last year, he seems to have fixed it.

Darvish threw two hitless innings in his spring training debut for the Chicago Cubs, facing his former teammates on the Los Angeles Dodgers.

When last on the mound, Darvish was chased by Houston after getting just five outs in both Games 3 and 7 of the World Series. Darvish said he was moved to lose 15 pounds “because of what happened in the World Series.”

Darvish was concerned about the possible impact of the weight loss on his velocity but those worries seemed unwarranted Tuesday.

“It was right up there,” he said of his velocity, speaking through a translator. “Glad it’s 95.”

There was speculation that the Astros had figured out what sort of pitches Darvish was about to throw.

“They could simply be a good, strong team,” Darvish said, adding he has considered “various things to keep consistency and mix up pitches and throw from the same slot.”

Darvish struck out four, including Corey Seager, Matt Kemp and Yasiel Puig in the opening inning. The Japanese star allowed one run when Chris Taylor walked leading off the game and circled the bases on a pair of wild pitches around a stolen base.

Signed to a $126 million, six-year deal, Darvish says he’s enjoying wearing the new uniform.

“Everybody is happy here,” he said. “I certainly feel comfortable being a Cub.”

Darvish also has warm feelings toward the Dodgers.

“Every one of them is great. I don’t want to hit any batters. I have that in mind,” he said.

YANKEES 7, TIGERS 2 — Giancarlo Stanton doubled and Billy McKinney hit his third homer for New York. Detroit newcomer Francisco Liriano started his first game of the spring and struck out three in two innings.

WHITE SOX 6, BREWERS 4 –Reynaldo Lopez worked three innings in his second start for Chicago. Milwaukee starter Wade Miley worked 3 2/3 innings, giving up two hits and a walk while striking out four. Travis Shaw hit two home runs. for the Brewers.