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10 things to know for the 2013 MLB season

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 29, 2013 at 4:04 pm •  Published: March 29, 2013
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An around-the-bases look at the 2013 major league season that starts March 31 when the Texas Rangers visit the Houston Astros:

1. STAR SIGHTINGS ...

Glam slam in LA! Josh Hamilton joined Albert Pujols and Mike Trout in a juicy Angels lineup, Zack Greinke zeroed in on the Dodgers. Other top winter destinations: Toronto (R.A. Dickey, Jose Reyes, Melky Cabrera, Josh Johnson, Mark Buehrle) and Boston (Ryan Dempster, Shane Victorino, Mike Napoli).

2. MAKING THEIR MOVES ...

A half-dozen new managers. Terry Francona (Cleveland), John Farrell (Boston), Mike Redmond (Miami), Bo Porter (Houston) and John Gibbons (Toronto), plus the most intriguing hire: Former shortstop Walt Weiss goes from high school coach to big league skipper in Colorado.

3. REMEMBER ME?

Tigers slugger Victor Martinez was injured for all of 2012. Mariano Rivera, Troy Tulowitzki and Jose Bautista also finished on the disabled list. They're back, along with Derek Jeter and Carl Crawford. Let's wait to see Hanley Ramirez, David Wright and Mark Teixeira — they got hurt at the World Baseball Classic.

4. WE PLAY WHO?

The Astros' shift from the NL to the AL leaves 15 teams in each league. That'll mean an interleague game most every day. The new-wave scheduling starts April 1 when the Angels visit Cincinnati in a decidedly non-traditional opener.

5. SPEAKING OF THE ASTROS ...

With a team payroll less than Alex Rodriguez's salary and coming off 107 losses, Houston could be way out of its league. A possible result: AL West opponents might feast on the Astros, run up win totals and produce both wild cards.

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