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Predicting Texas Rangers’ Opening Day 25-Man Roster

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Who Lines Up for the Rangers on Opening Day?

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Russell Wilson may not be in the Opening Day lineup this season, but the Rangers have almost completely turned over their team since the first World Series year in 2010. Who makes the trip from Surprise to Arlington this year?

25. Adam Rosales

25. Adam Rosales
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25. Adam Rosales

25. Adam Rosales
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A consummate utility man, Rosales will back up second, short and third.

24. Adrian Beltre

24. Adrian Beltre
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24. Adrian Beltre

24. Adrian Beltre
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Beltre has been a fixture in the cleanup spot since coming over from the Los Angeles Dodgers in free agency.

23. Alex Rios

23. Alex Rios
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23. Alex Rios

23. Alex Rios
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The Chicago White Sox castoff has fit in nicely in the six or seven hole; he also plays a good right field.

22. Alexi Ogando

22. Alexi Ogando
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22. Alexi Ogando

22. Alexi Ogando
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Ogando has been a reliable swingman in Texas.

21. Elvis Andrus

21. Elvis Andrus
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21. Elvis Andrus

21. Elvis Andrus
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The sole remaining position player from the 2010 team should take his usual space at shortstop and bat second.

20. Geovany Soto

20. Geovany Soto
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20. Geovany Soto

20. Geovany Soto
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Soto isn't much of an offensive force, but catcher is more of a purely defensive position in today's game.

19. Jason Adduci

19. Jason Adduci
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19. Jason Adduci

19. Jason Adduci
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Don't expect to see much action from a guy whose picture is a publicity shot from another team. Adduci is very much an outfielder fill-in guy.

18. Jason Frasor

18. Jason Frasor
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18. Jason Frasor

18. Jason Frasor
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Frasor is an effective situational reliever when he's healthy.

17. Joakim Soria

17. Joakim Soria
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17. Joakim Soria

17. Joakim Soria
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Soria, and not Neftali Feliz, gets the closer job coming out of Spring Training.

16. Joe Saunders

16. Joe Saunders
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16. Joe Saunders

16. Joe Saunders
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He's actually looked pretty good so far this spring.

15. J. P. Arencibia

15. J. P. Arencibia
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15. J. P. Arencibia

15. J. P. Arencibia
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The Rangers' backup backstop (say that three times fast) should get a start every 10 days or so.

14. Leonys Martin

14. Leonys Martin
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14. Leonys Martin

14. Leonys Martin
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The former top prospect is ready to take the next step to center field; he should bat ninth.

13. Martin Perez

13. Martin Perez
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13. Martin Perez

13. Martin Perez
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Another hotshot youngster, Perez is penciled in as the No. 2 starter.

12. Matt Harrison

12. Matt Harrison
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12. Matt Harrison

12. Matt Harrison
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Harrison makes the Opening Day roster, but the over/under on how long he stays is currently four starts (Harrison has a very bad back).

11. Michael Choice

11. Michael Choice
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11. Michael Choice

11. Michael Choice
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This year's fourth outfielder is seen as a possible replacement for Alex Rios should he leave after next year.

10. Mitch Moreland

10. Mitch Moreland
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10. Mitch Moreland

10. Mitch Moreland
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Last year's first baseman moves to DH this year, and probably spells Fielder in the field a few times a month.

9. Nick Tepesch

9. Nick Tepesch
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9. Nick Tepesch

9. Nick Tepesch
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Last year's rookie sensation (sarcasm noted) is back; the Rangers may give him another year before giving up on him entirely.

8. Neal Cotts

8.Neal Cotts
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8. Neal Cotts

8.Neal Cotts
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If you can throw the ball with your left hand and deliver it in the vicinity of home plate, you can have a long major league career.

7. Prince Fielder

7. Prince Fielder
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7. Prince Fielder

7. Prince Fielder
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Most people expect at least a 40-home run season from Fielder this year as he plays first and bats third.

6. Robbie Ross

6. Robbie Ross
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6. Robbie Ross

6. Robbie Ross
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A pretty effective stop-the-bleeding bullpen guy.

5. Rougned Odor

5. Rougned Odor
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5. Rougned Odor

5. Rougned Odor
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Although he looks like he's about 15 in this publicity photo, Odor, and not Jurickson Profar, is the Opening Day starting shortstop.

4. Shin-Soo Choo

4. Shin-Soo Choo
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4. Shin-Soo Choo

4. Shin-Soo Choo
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Another signature offseason acquisition, Choo gets on base a lot and has some power, making him an ideal leadoff hitter and left fielder.

3. Tanner Scheppers

3. Tanner Scheppers
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3. Tanner Scheppers

3. Tanner Scheppers
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Yeah ... sure ... why not?

2. Tommy Hanson

2. Tommy Hanson
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2. Tommy Hanson

2. Tommy Hanson
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Anyone that both the Braves and the Angels kicked to the side of the road has to be a good pitcher, right? Right?

1. Yu Darvish

1. Yu Darvish
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1. Yu Darvish

1. Yu Darvish
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It's awfully early to start talking Hall of Fame, but another few good years, and Darvish is at least in that conversation.