New Padres pitcher Yu Darvish's secret weapon is having so many of them

PEORIA, Ariz. — Yu Darvish asked Chicago Cubs teammate Craig Kimbrel how to throw a knuckle-curve in August of 2019. A week later, he got a strikeout with the pitch. It still wasn’t good enough for one of the game’s premier pitchers. He’s essentially always tinkering. “It’s really fun to work on a lot of pitches,” Darvish said recently. “He’ll be practicing a new pitch, throwing and throwing,” said Victor Caratini, the catcher who came to the Padres with Darvish as part of the December trade with the Cubs. “He’ll come to me and say, ‘Hey, I’ve got a new pitch.’ ” Not entirely pleased with how …

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