Washington pleased with Holland's focus

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Derek Holland came to Spring Training determined to focus more on his pitching and less on some of his outside interests and media requests. Manager Ron Washington is among those who have noticed the change.

"I see a change in his attitude and demeanor," Washington said. "He is getting his priorities in order. He is a young kid who is playing baseball at the highest level and he's trying to be accommodating to everybody. He needs to figure out who to accommodate and who not to accommodate. He's hoping to [succeed] on the baseball stage and it would be nice if all of his focus is on that.

"It looks like this spring he has turned the corner in his maturity."

Holland will not be with the Rangers much longer. He leaves later this month to join Team USA in the World Baseball Classic.