SURPRISE, Ariz. -- It was Rangers slugger Josh Hamilton's turn in the spotlight as he spoke, Bible in hand, for about 37 minutes to the media on Friday. It was a mixture of baseball and scripture, with talk of recovery and his contract with a reading of six scripture verses, too. Here are six topics from Friday in Surprise:
1. Don't expect a hometown discount from Hamilton. He said he doesn't owe the Rangers when it comes to that and added that his agent is handling contract discussions.
2. ESPNDallas.com's Jean-Jacques Taylor says Hamilton is right. This is a business and Hamilton shouldn't feel like he has to give the Rangers a financial break. An aside: I agree. Neither side "owes" the other. This is likely Hamilton's best chance to get a big-time contract, so if he wants to test the market, that's his right. Besides, this still comes down to health more than anything. He stays healthy in 2012 and produces, he's in line for an even bigger contract. If not, it's going to be tougher to get the five- or six-year deal. My only beef with Hamilton: A news conference to take questions following a relapse wasn't the best time to say that.
3. Pitcher's fielding practice (PFP) is a big part of the early workouts in camp. The Rangers' pitching staff was not good on defense last year and it's an area the club is stressing for defensive improvement this spring.
4. Elvis Andrus may miss a day or two of workouts after having a wart taken off his heel. It shouldn't impact him much. Mike Napoli's ankle felt good a day after squatting and catching bullpens on it for the first time since it was sprained in Game 6 of the World Series. Napoli hopes to do some blocking drills on it in the next few days and get an even better sense of how it's holding up.
5. Hamilton talked about Yu-mania and said he's excited to see what Yu Davish can do.
6a. Brad Hawpe will start spring training at first base since his arm strength isn't quite there for the outfield yet.
6b. Matt Harrison read another book this offseason and he's focused on his slider and getting even better in 2012.