A Look Around the West

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In what will be a weekly segment, let's take a look around the rest of the AL West, which includes three teams looking up at your Texas Rangers a week into the season.

1. Texas Rangers (6-0) — The story of MLB this week is that the Boston Red Sox are winless, and the Rangers had a lot to do with that. One of the other main storylines this week has been the ridiculous offensive output the Rangers have produced this week, leading all of baseball so far in extra-base hits, including seven combined home runs between Nelson Cruz and Ian Kinsler. They're about to go on the road for the first time this year when they travel to one-loss Baltimore and former manager Buck Showalter.

2. Los Angeles Angels (3-3) — The Angels started out on a six-game road trip and came away with a .500 mark, which is all you can ever ask for on the road. They have won their last two games against a horrible Tampa Bay team. From top to bottom, the Angels still seem to have the best rotation in the division, despite the way the Rangers pitched from top to bottom on their first time through (C.J. Wilson, twice). They're about to go back home but host 4-1 Toronto.

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3. Seattle Mariners (2-4) — The Mariners took 2 of 3 from the A's to open the season before getting swept by the Rangers this week. The M's have a very solid pitching staff with defending Cy Young winner Felix Hernandez (1-1), reclamation project Erik Bedard and STUD rookie Michael Pineda, who shined in Tuesday night's loss to Texas when he got outshined by Alexi Ogando. They're about to start a homestand against Cleveland with a possible sweep on the horizon.

4. Oakland A's (1-4) — Everyone's pick to give the Rangers a run for their money has stumbled out of the gates with the same ol' problem. Their pitching is better than average, but their offense isn't. They finish a series today against the Blue Jays and will look to avoid a third straight loss.

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