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Weekly Storylines: AL West

PHOENIX AZ - FEBRUARY 24:  Gio Gonzalez #47 and Brad Ziegler #31 of the Oakland Athletics joke around during media photo day at Phoenix Municipal Stadium on February 24 2011 in Phoenix Arizona.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
PHOENIX AZ - FEBRUARY 24: Gio Gonzalez #47 and Brad Ziegler #31 of the Oakland Athletics joke around during media photo day at Phoenix Municipal Stadium on February 24 2011 in Phoenix Arizona. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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It's been a game-filled week throughout the baseball world. With little news to speak of outside of in-game action and injuries, let's take a look at the news swirling around the AL West.

Rangers

You wont be seeing Chuck Greenberg at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington anymore, Texas fans. He apparently bothered many within the organization including team president Nolan Ryan. That's a no-no. However, he's $20MM+ richer, as he'll be taking that money with him as compensation as he leaves the organization. Also, it looks as though Adrian Beltre will be back to his normal self soon. The third baseman got injured in his own home, apparently.

Angels

It seems as though no news is good news in Angels territory. MLB Trade Rumors' Ben Nicholson-Smith wrote this upabout the AL West preperation for the draft -- worth a read. Also, it looks as though Kendry Morales, now known as Kendrys Morales, will not be ready by Opening Day, leaving duties presumably up to Mark Trumbo at first base.

 

Mariners

One of the big stories regarding the M's has been stud pitcher Michael Pineda. The hard throwing 6'8 right hander continues to impress outing after outing. His fastball clocks anywhere from 95-98 and has devastating off-speed stuff. Along with Felix, the M's have a lot to look forward to when thinking about their 2012 rotation. The Mariners also inked James Paxton recently, the unsigned 2009 Blue Jays first rounder is now going to be throwing right away, according to people within the Mariners organization.

Athletics

The A's have been known to have one of baseball's best young rotations. Gio Gonzalez allowed his first hit of the spring today after going two straight starts of striking out 5 batters in 3 innings. Brett Anderson has also impressed a ton, giving the A's and their fans a lot to be excited about for the coming season.

Alas, it's been a quiet week news wise, but as long as baseball is being played, no news is good news.