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Training Town: Surprise, Ariz.

Park: Surprise Stadium.

First Workout: Feb. 17/19.

He’s Here: 1B Prince Fielder, LF Shin-Soo Choo, C. J.P. Arencibia, OF Michael Choice.

He’s Outta Here: Closer Joe Nathan, 2B Ian Kinsler, RF Nelson Cruz, C A.J. Pierzynski; RHP Matt Garza; 1B/DH Lance Berkman, CF Craig Gentry, OF David Murphy, INF Jeff Baker.

Going campin’: After missing the playoffs for the first time in four years, Texas started the offseason with a rare trade of All-Stars, sending Kinsler to Detroit for Fielder. Choo will lead off after a free-agent deal for seven years, the same amount of time left on Fielder’s contract. Fielder provided protection for MVP winners the last three seasons, but now will bat between Elvis Andrus and Adrian Beltre. Only Mike Trout (564) and two-time AL MVP Miguel Cabrera (562) reached base more than Choo (556) and Fielder (542) the last two seasons. Yu Darvish, who led majors with 277 strikeouts and was second in AL Cy Young Award voting, has recovered from nerve inflammation in his lower back that bothered him the last six weeks of season. Last year’s opening day starter, Matt Harrison, should return after two back operations but Derek Holland could miss half the season with a knee injury after being tripped by his dog on stairs at his home. As for a new closer, Texas has two former All-Star closers in Neftali Feliz and Joakim Soria. But both were limited last season after Tommy John ligament replacement surgery in 2012.


Los Angeles Angels

Manager: Mike Scioscia (15th season).

2013: 78-84, third place.

Training Town: Tempe, Ariz.

Park: Tempe Diablo Stadium.

First Workout: Feb. 14/19.

He’s Here: 3B David Freese, LHP Tyler Skaggs, LHP Hector Santiago, DH Raul Ibanez, RHP Joe Smith, INF John McDonald, 1B Carlos Pena, LHP Mark Mulder.

He’s Outta Here: OF Peter Bourjos, DH Mark Trumbo, LHP Jason Vargas, RHP Jerome Williams, RHP Tommy Hanson.

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