Surprise Six: Yu Darvish prepares for 2013

February, 13, 2013
2/13/13
6:05
PM CT


SURPRISE, Ariz. -- The media tent set up just outside the Texas Rangers' clubhouse in Surprise was used for the first time Wednesday as Yu Darvish spoke to a small group of media (way smaller than last year).

Most days here at spring training we'll give you a quick recap of the day with links to key stories and blogs. Here goes:

PODCAST
The Rangers are in full training mode in Surprise, Ariz. Ben and Skin discuss which players are key, who needs to step up and more.

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1. Do you think Darvish will be an ace in 2013? I do. I think he'll build off the last two months of the 2012 season. Click here to voice your opinion and read about what he said.

2. Colby Lewis says the plan, barring setbacks, is for him to continue long-tossing out to 150 or 160 feet, which could put him on a mound in early March. That's a good sign for Ranger fans.

3. Backup catcher Geovany Soto is focused on improving his offense and throws to second base. He's motivated.

4. GM Jon Daniels talked about a variety of topics on Tuesday.

5. We're looking at fifth starter candidate in a series of posts. Here's one on Justin Grimm.

6. Tomorrow is Day 2 as pitchers and catchers continue to prepare for the season. A group of position players have already arrived. Adrian Beltre and David Murphy were in camp today.

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Adrian Beltre
BA HR RBI R
.324 18 73 77
OTHER LEADERS
HRA. Beltre 18
RBIA. Beltre 73
RA. Beltre 77
OPSA. Beltre .876
WC. Lewis 10
ERAC. Lewis 5.12
SOY. Darvish 182