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What a Difference a Year Makes

The Rangers looked quite different on Sunday

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    ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 13: Manager Ron Washington #38 of the Texas Rangers looks on as the Texas Rangers take on the Houston Astros at Globe Life Park in Arlington on April 13, 2014 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

    Elvis Andrus started Sunday's game against the Houston Astros, hitting second and starting at shortstop. He didn't finish the game, though, after he was tossed in the fourth inning for arguing balls and strikes.

    So look at the lineup that finished Sunday's game. It looked like this:

    Shin-Soo Choo, DH; Donnie Murphy, 2B; Alex Rios, RF; Prince Fielder, 1B; Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B; Michael Choice, LF; Robinson Chirinos, C; Leonys Martin, CF; Josh Wilson, SS.

    Want to take a guess of how many of those guys were in the Rangers' lineup on April 13, 2013 — exactly a year prior to Sunday?

    The answer is a big, fat zero.

    What did the lineup look like that day, when the Rangers beat the Mariners 3-1 behind a victory from reliever Joseph Ortiz — a game Alexi Ogando started and Robbie Ross pitched in relief?

    Here you go:

    Ian Kinsler, 2B; Elvis Andrus, DH; Adrian Beltre, 3B; Nelson Cruz, RF; A.J. Pierzynski, C; Jeff Baker, 1B; David Murphy, LF; Craig Gentry, CF; Leury Garcia, SS.

    Roster turnover is one thing. Roster turnover plus injuries is something altogether different.