Erick Aybar

Yu Darvish struggles again and Dodgers get swept in doubleheader by Padres

Yu Darvish struggles again and Dodgers get swept in doubleheader by Padres

Yu Darvish stared at his cleats as he finished the worst inning of his brief, confounding career as a Dodger. His team would play 18 innings of baseball and lose twice in Saturday’s doubleheader, but no inning mattered more than the third frame of the nightcap. After surrendering four runs during a stretch when six consecutive Padres reached base, Darvish trudged into the dugout midway through a 7-2 loss.

A month ago, when the Dodgers acquired Darvish from Texas minutes before the July 31 trade deadline, the trade elicited exhilaration among his new teammates. Now the group gave him space. Clayton Kershaw patted Darvish on the back as he disappeared into the clubhouse....

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