Bryce Miller: Unpredictable Yu Darvish ties up Royals in Padres debut

PEORIA, Ariz. — The thing that makes Yu Darvish so difficult to face is not the array of 11 options packed into his pitching holster. It isn’t the fastball that touches 96. It isn’t the long and lingering leg kick that can tie a hitter’s timing in knots. It’s the unpredictability and uncertainty about what’s coming next. Call it the Yu Darvish Great Unknown. Ask the Royals, who were gutted in Darvish’s two-inning Padres debut Sunday at Peoria Sports Complex. Leadoff hitter Whit Merrifield found himself so far in front of a third-strike breaking ball that the bat pointed at second baseman Jake …

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