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AL West teams at the start of spring training

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By The Associated Press
Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
 

Athletics

Manager: Bob Melvin,third season

2012: 94-68, first place

Key additions: OF Chris Young, SS Hiroyuki Nakajima, C John Jaso, INF Jed Lowrie, RHP Fernando Rodriguez

Going campin': The A's came out of nowhere to beat Texas and the L.A. Angels and win the division title. Oakland will have a hard time taking teams by surprise again, but it might have more talent on this seasons' roster with the additions of Young and Japanese import Nakajima.

Rangers

Manager: Ron Washington, seventh season

2012: 93-69, second place

Key additions: DH-1B Lance Berkman, RHP Joakim Soria, C A.J. Pierzynski

Going campin': Gone are Josh Hamilton, Mike Napoli and Michael Young. After consecutive World Series appearances, Texas didn't win a playoff game, losing the one-and-done wild card. A big question is whether RF Nelson Cruz will face a 50-game suspension after being among the players accused of purchasing banned performance-enhancing drugs.

Angels

Manager: Mike Scioscia,14th season

2012: 89-73, third place

Key additions: OF Josh Hamilton, RHP Tommy Hanson, RHP Ryan Madson, LHP Jason Vargas, RHP Joe Blanton, LHP Sean Burnett, INF Bill Hall

Going campin': Hamilton is the Angels' latest eye-catching free-agent prize, but he's just one part of a makeover of a good team that wasn't quite good enough. Hamilton's fearsome bat joins a lineup already featuring Mike Trout, Albert Pujols and Mark Trumbo.

Mariners

Manager: Eric Wedge,third season

2012: 75-87, fourth place

Key additions: OF-DH Michael Morse, 1B-DH Kendrys Morales, OF-DH Raul Ibanez, OF-DH Jason Bay, C Kelly Shoppach, INF Robert Andino

Going campin': Acquiring Morales cost Seattle its No. 2 pitcher with Jason Vargas going back to the Angels, but it solidified the DH role. Before he broke his ankle in 2010, Morales hit 34 homers. Coupled with the addition of Morse, Seattle's offense should get an upgrade from where it stood the past three years.

Astros

Manager: Bo Porter, first season

2012: 55-107, sixth place

Key additions: 1B-DH Carlos Pena, RHP Jose Veras, RHP Philip Humber, 1B Chris Carter

Going campin': Porter takes over a team that has finished last in the majors each of the past two seasons. The Astros will try to avoid becoming the first team to lose at least 106 games in three straight seasons since the expansion Mets did it from 1962-65.

 

 
 


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