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Yu Darvish hits 98 mph in first spring start, jokes about taking supplement in offseason

Yu Darvish

Yu Darvish appears to have found the fountain youth with regard to his velocity, and even he seems a little surprised by it.

The Chicago Cubs right-hander touched 98 miles per hour on several pitches during his first start of the spring on Saturday and flashed some nasty swing-and-miss stuff too. Take a look:

After the game, Darvish joked that he was worried he might have taken a supplement over the offseason, per Jesse Rogers of ESPN.

The four-time MLB All-Star Darvish recently turned 33 and is coming off an underwhelming 2019 campaign, going 6-8 with a 3.98 ERA and a league-leading 33 homers allowed. He has four more years left on his deal with the Cubs however, so the increased velocity has to be a welcome sight for them.

Darvish has also been throwing some gas on social media lately, and he could be setting himself up for a nice bounceback year in 2020.

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