Dodgers' Yu Darvish gets shot at redemption in Game 7

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Yu Darvish will get the chance to make up for one of the worst starts of his Major League Baseball career when he takes the mound against the Houston Astros in Game Seven of the World Series on Wednesday.

The Japanese pitcher was lifted in the second inning of Friday's Game Three after allowing four runs on six hits and a walk as the Dodgers fell behind 2-1 in the series.

The Dodgers battled back for a 3-1 win in Games Six on Tuesday that tied the series and has given Darvish his chance.

"We have really good people in this clubhouse and I really appreciate my team mates supporting me," the soft-spoken 31-year-old told reporters on Tuesday.

Darvish's awful Game Three was compounded by a racist gesture made by Houston's Yuli Gurriel.

After hitting a home run off Darvish to put the Astros ahead the 33-year-old Cuban was caught on camera using his hands to make a slanted-eye gesture while in the dugout.

Major League Baseball opted not to suspend Gurriel for any of the remaining World Series games and will instead ban him for five games at the start of next season.

Gurriel was booed by Dodgers fans every time he came to bat on Tuesday but Darvish said he had moved on.

"I wasn't that frustrated when I saw it the first time," Darvish said.

"And then after the game he contacted us and said, 'Hey, I'd like to meet you in person and apologize,' but I told him, 'Hey, you don't have to do that, because you made a comment, and, like, I'm not that mad.'

"So like I really didn't care much about that," he said.

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Oct 31, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Cody Bellinger (35) and relief pitcher Kenley Jansen (74) celebrate after the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Houston Astros in game six of the 2017 World Series at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 31, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner (10) and shortstop Corey Seager (5) celebrate after the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Houston Astros in game six of the 2017 World Series at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 31, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Charlie Culberson (37) and shortstop Corey Seager (5) celebrate after the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Houston Astros in game six of the 2017 World Series at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports
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Oct 31, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Kenley Jansen throws a pitch in the 8th inning against the Houston Astros in game six of the 2017 World Series at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 31, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Joc Pederson (31) runs the bases after hitting a home run against the Houston Astros in the seventh inning in game six of the 2017 World Series at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 31, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Charlie Culberson hits a single against the Houston Astros in the 8th inning in game six of the 2017 World Series at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
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Oct 31, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Kenta Maeda reacts after retiring the Houston Astros in the 7th inning in game six of the 2017 World Series at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 31, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Houston Astros right fielder Josh Reddick (22) is forced out by Los Angeles Dodgers infielder Chase Utley (26) on a fielder's choice in the 7th inning in game six of the 2017 World Series at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 31, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson (31) celebrates after hitting a solo home run against the Houston Astros in the 7th inning in game six of the 2017 World Series at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 31, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Kenta Maeda celebrates after retiring the Houston Astros in the 7th inning in game six of the 2017 World Series at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
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Oct 31, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers infielder Chase Utley (26) celebrates with teammates first baseman Cody Bellinger (35) and Joc Pederson (31) after scoring a run against the Houston Astros in the 6th inning in game six of the 2017 World Series at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 31, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Houston Astros right fielder Josh Reddick (22) catches a sacrifice fly hit by Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager (not pictured) in the 6th inning in game six of the 2017 World Series at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 31, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Brandon Morrow throws a pitch against the Houston Astros in the fifth inning in game six of the 2017 World Series at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
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While pitchers on both teams have complained about baseballs that are "slicker" to the touch, making it hard to get a good grip on the ball, Darvish said he did not know the reason why he could not get his slider working in Game Three.

"And after the game I came back and I realized that my slider, I couldn't finish my pitches. I couldn't get that final touch. And then it just didn't make sense," he said.

"I really didn't know if it was my physical thing and mechanical adjustment that I had to make or the ball. I can't really say. And I just need to learn from it and go to tomorrow night."

Darvish said he used the game ball during his most recent bullpen practice session and his slider was showing improvement

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