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Yu Darvish thanks Rangers fans in full-page newspaper ad (pic)

Yu Darvish may have been traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers earlier this week, but the pitcher made sure to thank Texas Rangers fans for all their support on his way out of town.

Darvish, 30, posted a full-page ad in The Dallas Morning News to express his heartfelt gratitude.

“Thank you very much for the past 5.5 years since 2012,” Darvish writes in the ad.

“Coming from Japan, I could not have adjusted to the new environment if it weren’t for all the courteous fans, teammates, team staff and all affiliates who supported me. It is my biggest regret that I gave up 10 runs in my last outing as a Ranger.

“There were a small number of voices that said, ‘Darvish only cares about strikeouts.’ Although I may have had strikeouts in my mind, fans, team, teammates and team staff were always my top priority.

“Thank you very much for everything!

“Please take care!”

Darvish spent parts of five seasons with the Rangers after starring in Japan with the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters. He posted a 52-39 record in 122 starts with a 3.42 ERA and 1.18 WHIP.

Darvish is slated to make his first start with the Dodgers on Friday in a showdown with Jacob deGron and the New York Mets at Citi Field.