Surprise Six: Derek Holland getting serious

February, 14, 2013
2/14/13
5:30
PM CT


SURPRISE, Ariz. -- A look at six things that went on in Surprise today, in case you missed it.

1. Derek Holland is taking on a more serious tone this season. That's not to say he still won't do impersonations (he did one of Tim Kurkjian today), but he's focused more on what he has to do on and off the field. As pitching coach Mike Maddux put it, it's focusing on all five days of his rotation, not just a day or two during that stretch. I think Holland is the tipping point in this rotation.

2. Elvis Andrus arrived at camp and discussed his contract situation. He said he's simply focused on preparing for the season.

3. Julio Borbon is out of options and has one last chance to show what he's got.

4. Mike Maddux talked about the bullpen favorites and how things look at spring starts.

5. Why is Jason Frasor jealous of Joe Nathan?

6. Our fifth-starter candidate blog series continues with a look at Martin Perez.
Richard Durrett joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He writes about colleges, the Dallas Stars and the Texas Rangers. Richard spent nine years at The Dallas Morning News covering the Rangers, Stars, colleges, motorsports and high schools.

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Adrian Beltre
BA HR RBI R
.336 12 49 48
OTHER LEADERS
HRA. Beltre 12
RBIA. Beltre 49
RE. Andrus 49
OPSA. Beltre .912
WY. Darvish 8
ERAY. Darvish 2.97
SOY. Darvish 142