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Yu Darvish
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Baseball Player
    (August 16, 1986- )
    Born in Habikino, Japan
    Birth name is Sefat Farid Yu Darvish
    Pitcher for the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters (2005–2011) and the Texas Rangers
    Pacific League Most Valuable Player (2007, 2009)
    Asia Series MVP (2006)
    Climax Series MVP (2007)
    He is divorced from Japanese actress Saeko, whom he married in a shotgun wedding five years earlier.
    His divorce was a key factor in his delay to getting his United States visa.
    He appears in advertisements for various brands of clothing and electronic products.
    He was suspended by his high school and by Nippon after he was caught smoking in a pachinko parlor as a minor (2005).
    He spurned a chance to play for Japan at the 2013 World Baseball Classic, citing he had nothing left to prove at the international level.
    He was born to a Japanese mother and an Iranian father, who met in the United States while both were attending college.
    He was considered a pitching prodigy in his high school years.
    He was an integral part of the Ham Fighters dominance in the later part of the 2000's.
    He was a member of the Japanese national team that won the second World Baseball Classic championship (2009).
    He earned the American League Rookie of the Month honors for his dominating major league debut (April, 2012).
    He became the first player in 11 years to record more than 200 strikeouts before Memorial Day (2013).

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