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Thursday, March 29, 2012
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Previewing the AL West

By Buster Olney
ESPN The Magazine

Editor's note: has teamed with ESPN The Magazine and the SweetSpot Blog Network to produce this year's preview capsules. Buster Olney and Tim Kurkjian examined the American League and the National League, respectively. They ordered the teams based on how they think they'll finish, while also breaking down each team's best- and worst-case scenarios.

The SweetSpot bloggers provided the projected lineups, pitching rotations and bullpens, which are mostly approximations based on the latest information. In most cases they don't include players who will open the season on the disabled list. The lineups reflect the most likely batting order against a right-handed starter and are subject to change.

Click on the links below to go directly to a capsule for each American League West team:

Los Angeles Angels | Oakland Athletics | Seattle Mariners | Texas Rangers

Information courtesy of Baseball Time In Arlington


1st Place

Information courtesy of Halos Daily


2nd Place

Information courtesy of Pro Ball NW


3rd Place

Information courtesy of Beaneball


4th Place