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Texas Rangers

2011: 96-66, AL champions (lost to St. Louis in World Series).

Manager: Ron Washington (6th season).

He’s Here: RHP Yu Darvish, RHP Joe Nathan.

He’s Outta There: LHP C.J. Wilson, INF Andres Blanco, LHP Darren Oliver.

Projected Lineup: 2B Ian Kinsler (.255, 32 HRs, 77 RBIs, 121 runs, 30 SB, .355 on-base percentage), SS Elvis Andrus (.279, 5, 60, 37 SB), CF Josh Hamilton (.298, 25, 94), 3B Adrian Beltre (.296, 32, 105), DH Michael Young (.338, 11, 106), RF Nelson Cruz (.263, 29, 87), C Mike Napoli (.320, 30, 75), LF David Murphy (.275, 11, 46), 1B Mitch Moreland (.259, 16, 51).

Rotation: RH Colby Lewis (14-10, 4.40 ERA), LH Derek Holland (16-5, 3.95), RH Yu Darvish (18-6, 1.44, 276 Ks/36 walks in 232 IP in Japan), RH Neftali Feliz (2-3, 2.74, 32/38 saves as closer), LH Matt Harrison (14-9, 3.39) or RH Scott Feldman (2-1, 3.94 in 11 games/2 starts in return from microfracture surgery on right knee).

Key Relievers: RH Joe Nathan (2-1, 4.84, 14 saves in 48 games with Minnesota), RH Mike Adams (2-3, 2.10 in 27 games after acquired from San Diego), RH Alexi Ogando (13-8, 3.51 in 31 games/29 starts), RH Mark Lowe (2-3, 3.80, 1), RH Yoshinori Tateyama (2-0, 4.50), LH Michael Kirkman (1-1, 6.59).

Los Angeles Angels

2011: 86-76, 2nd place.

Manager: Mike Scioscia (13th season).

He’s Here: 1B Albert Pujols, LHP C.J. Wilson, C Chris Iannetta, RHP LaTroy Hawkins, INF Jorge Cantu, OF Ryan Langerhans, LHP Brad Mills.

He’s Outta There: C Jeff Mathis, RHP Joel Pineiro, RHP Tyler Chatwood, INF Russell Branyan, OF Reggie Willits.

Projected Lineup: SS Erick Aybar (.279, 10, 59, 30 SB), DH Bobby Abreu (.253, 8, 60, .365 slugging), 1B Albert Pujols (.299, 37, 99 with St. Louis), RF Torii Hunter (.262, 23, 82), 2B Howie Kendrick (.285, 18, 63), 3B Alberto Callaspo (.288, 6, 46), LF Vernon Wells (.218, 25, 66), C Chris Iannetta (.238, 14, 55 with Colorado), CF Peter Bourjos (.271, 12, 43, 22 SB).

Rotation: RH Jered Weaver (18-8, 2.41, 198 Ks), RH Dan Haren (16-10, 3.17, 192 Ks), LH C.J. Wilson (16-7, 2.94, 206 Ks with Texas), RH Ervin Santana (11-12, 3.38, 1 no-hitter), RH Jerome Williams (4-0, 3.68, 6 starts).

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