Jason Hammel

Darvish returns with 9 Ks, but Hammel, Cubs down Rangers 3-1

Cubs manager Joe Maddon had a plan for facing Yu Darvish in the Texas star's return from the disabled list: load up on lefties and wait him out.

It worked, neutralizing Darvish's nasty slider and his nine strikeouts.

Darvish couldn't get through the fifth inning and the lefty-hitting Anthony Rizzo's two-run double helped lead Chicago past the Rangers 3-1 on Saturday.

"A guy like that, if you just let him have his way, he'll be sitting on 70 (pitches) in the sixth inning, he's going to beat you up," Maddon said. "His stuff is that good."

In his first start since June 8 because of shoulder pain, Darvish (2-1) reached 98 mph and allowed only...