SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Yu Darvish threw to hitters for 10 minutes on Wednesday and once again had plenty of eyes on him. Catcher Mike Napoli was pleased with the session, which included Darvish throwing all seven kinds of pitches he has in his repertoire. Here are six things from Wednesday in Surprise:
1. Darvish threw all seven of his pitches: cutter, slider, changeup, curve, splitter, two-seam fastball, four-seam fastball. Napoli talked about how things went and what he was seeing as he caught Darvish on Wednesday.
2. Napoli said his ankle felt fine after going through workouts this week and he will catch three or four innings of the intrasquad game on Thursday and test the ankle. But so far, he's been able to do everything except run at top speed.
3. David Murphy's focus this spring is on defense. He isn't worried about playing time, which has become an annual question from the media. The guy is clearly a big-time team player.
4. After Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine questioned whether the play at the plate featuring Derek Jeter's flip in Oakland in Game 3 of the ALDS in 2001 would have been an out even if Jeter hadn't touched it, manager Ron Washington gave his side. And the skipper, who was the third-base coach for Oakland when that play happened, has no doubt that the out would not have been made without Jeter's play.
5. The pitchers have been set for the intrasquad games the next two days, starting around lunchtime Thursday on Nolan Ryan Field on the back fields of the Rangers' complex. Here's the list.
6. The club is going to manage the starting rotation in regards to fatigue, but don't expect a six-man rotation.