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MLB 2020 season: Opening Day rosters for A’s AL West rivals

Here’s how the Astros, Angels, Mariners, and Rangers line up to begin 2020

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Opening Day rosters were announced around the league on Thursday, and the season officially began for four teams that played later that night — including the Giants, who lost in a blowout. The other 26 clubs are waiting until Friday to take the field, but at least we know who will be suited up and available.

The Oakland A’s will only face nine different opponents this summer in their abbreviated 60-game schedule. They’ll spend two-thirds of the time playing the other four AL West clubs, and then 20 more total against the five NL West teams. Their division rivals are always frequent matchups, but this year it will be exaggerated even further.

With so much of the season riding on these four particular rivals, let’s take a look at how their rosters shaped up. You can also click here to see the A’s 30-man squad, or scroll down to the bottom of this post.

For further analysis of these teams, plus season outlooks and full 60-man player pool listings, check out these previews from a couple weeks ago:

Here are the rosters. Note the injured lists below each one.

Houston Astros

Of note: Houston is missing one starter (Urquidy) and one key hitter (Alvarez) for undisclosed reasons, which so far around the league has usually been shorthand for coronavirus-related complications; reliever Joe Smith might still opt out of the season but for now and is just on the Restricted List while he decides.

Cool detail: Former A’s prospect Brandon Bailey, traded to Houston years ago for Ramon Laureano, has made the MLB roster and is in line to debut in the bigs any day now.

Houston Astros 30-man roster
Pitchers Hitters
Starters

Justin Verlander (R)
Zack Greinke (R)
Lance McCullers (R)
Josh James (R)
Framber Valdez (L)

Relievers

Roberto Osuna (R)
Ryan Pressly (R)
Joe Biagini (R)
Chris Devenski (R)
Bryan Abreu (R)
Cy Sneed (R)
Blake Taylor (L)
Cristian Javier (R)
Enoli Paredes (R)
Brandon Bailey (R)
Catchers

Martin Maldonado (R)
Dustin Garneau (R)
Garrett Stubbs (L)

Infielders

Yuli Gurriel (R)
Jose Altuve (R)
Carlos Correa (R)
Alex Bregman (R)
Aledmys Diaz (R)
Abraham Toro (S)
Jack Mayfield (R)

Outfielders

Michael Brantley (L)
Josh Reddick (L)
George Springer (R)
Myles Straw (R)
Kyler Tucker (L)

10-day IL: RHP Rogelio Armenteros (elbow), RHP Jose Urquidy (undisclosed), RHP Brad Peacock (shoulder), LHP Cionel Perez (undisclosed), RHP Austin Pruitt (elbow), DH Yordan Alvarez (undisclosed)

Restricted: RHP Joe Smith (still deciding about opt-out)

Los Angeles Angels

Of note: Teheran is back from his coronavirus positive test, but still warming up after missing training camp and so still on the IL for now; Rendon will miss Opening Day (oblique) but is hopeful to return within a week.

Cool detail: Ohtani is listed twice below, including once as part of a six-man rotation in which he’ll pitch every Sunday.

L.A. Angels 30-man roster
Pitchers Hitters
Starters

Andrew Heaney (L)
Dylan Bundy (R)
(Shohei Ohtani (R))
Griffin Canning (R)
Matt Andriese (L)
Patrick Sandoval (L)

Relievers

Hansel Robles (R)
Cam Bedrosian (R)
Ty Buttrey (R)
Mike Mayers (R)
Kenyan Middleton (R)
Felix Pena (R)
Noe Ramirez (R)
Ryan Buchter (L)
Hoby Milner (L)
Jacob Barnes (R)
Catchers

Jason Castro (L)
Max Stassi (R)

Infielders

Albert Pujols (R)
Tommy La Stella (L)
Andrelton Simmons (R)
Anthony Rendon (R)
David Fletcher (R)
Matt Thaiss (L)
Jared Walsh (L)
Taylor Ward (R)

Outfielders

Mike Trout (R)
Shohei Ohtani (L)
Justin Upton (R)
Brian Goodwin (L)
Michael Hermosillo (R)

10-day IL: RHP Dillon Peters (oblique), RHP Jose Quijada (undisclosed), RHP Jose Suarez (undisclosed), RHP Julio Teheran (coronavirus), 2B Luis Rengifo (hamstring)

45-day IL: RHP Justin Anderson (TJS)

Texas Rangers

Of note: Only team in the division with just 14 pitchers; lefty reliever Martin would presumably have made the roster if not for coronavirus complications.

Cool detail: Former A’s pitcher Chavez is still plugging along strong, with his 37th birthday coming next month.

Texas Rangers 30-man roster
Pitchers Hitters
Starters

Lance Lynn (R)
Mike Minor (L)
Corey Kluber (R)
Kyle Gibson (R)
Jordan Lyles (R)

Relievers

Jose Leclerc (R)
Jesse Chavez (R)
Luke Farrell (R)
Ian Gibaut (R)
Nick Goody (R)
Jonathan Hernandez (R)
Kolby Allard (L)
Joe Palumbo (L)
Edinson Volquez (R)
Catchers

Robinson Chirinos (R)
Jeff Mathis (R)
Jose Trevino (R)

Infielders

Ronald Guzman (R)
Rougned Odor (L)
Elvis Andrus (R)
Todd Frazier (R)
Isiah Kiner-Falefa (R)

Outfielders

Willie Calhoun (L)
Shin-Soo Choo (L)
Joey Gallo (L)
Danny Santana (S)
Scott Heineman (R)
Rob Refsnyder (R)
Nick Solak (R)
Leody Taveras (S)

10-day IL: LHP Brett Martin (coronavirus)

45-day IL: LHP Brock Burke (shoulder)

Seattle Mariners

Of note: Another six-man rotation, and also 17 total pitchers on the staff, even without Hirano as he works back from coronavirus (he’s rejoined the team already); on the hitter side, note that some infielders are obviously helping in the outfield (not a Ryan Sweeney situation).

Cool detail: Former A’s starter Graveman is back in the majors!

Seattle Mariners 30-man roster
Pitchers Hitters
Starters

Marco Gonzales (L)
Taijuan Walker (R)
Yusei Kikuchi (L)
Kendall Graveman (R)
Justus Sheffield (L)
Justin Dunn (R)

Relievers

Dan Altavilla (R)
Brandon Brennan (R)
Nestor Cortes (L)
Carl Edwards Jr (R)
Zac Grotz (R)
Matt Magill (R)
Nick Margevicius (L)
Anthony Misiewicz (L)
Yohan Ramirez (R)
Bryan Shaw (R)
Taylor Williams (R)
Catchers

Joe Hudson (R)
Austin Nola (R)

Infielders

Daniel Vogelbach (L)
Evan White (R)
Shed Long (L)
J.P. Crawford (L)
Kyle Seager (L)
Dee Gordon (L)
Tim Lopes (R)
Jose Marmolejos (L)
Dylan Moore (R)

Outfielders

Kyle Lewis (R)
Mallex Smith (L)

10-day IL: RHP Austin Adams (knee), RHP Gerson Bautista (elbow), RHP Yoshihisa Hirano (coronavirus), C Tom Murphy (foot)

45-day IL: OF Mitch Haniger (back)

Oakland A’s

Of note: Luzardo is in the bullpen for now after missing time to coronavirus quarantine, but he’ll eventually move to the rotation; Puk is out for at least a few weeks.

Cool detail: Weems and Machin are both looking forward to their MLB debuts.

Oakland A's 30-man roster
Pitchers Hitters
Starters

Frankie Montas (R)
Sean Manaea (L)
Mike Fiers (R)
Chris Bassitt (R)
Daniel Mengden (R)

Relievers

Liam Hendriks (R)
Yusmeiro Petit (R)
Joakim Soria (R)
Jake Diekman (L)
Jesus Luzardo (L)
T.J. McFarland (L)
Burch Smith (R)
Lou Trivino (R)
Jordan Weems (R)
J.B. Wendelken (R)
Catchers

Sean Murphy (R)
Austin Allen (L)

Infielders

Matt Olson (L)
Marcus Semien (R)
Matt Chapman (R)
Tony Kemp (L)
Chad Pinder (R)
Franklin Barreto (R)
Vimael Machin (L)

Outfielders

Khris Davis (R)
Mark Canha (R)
Ramon Laureano (R)
Stephen Piscotty (R)
Robbie Grossman (S)
Seth Brown (L)

10-day IL: LHP A.J. Puk (shoulder)

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Watch Oakland against the Angels on Opening Day at 7:10 p.m. PT on ESPN, or on the local NBCS California.