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Opening Day 2012: Texas Rangers Finalize Active Roster

Baseball is officially back. The St. Louis Cardinals will head to Miami to take on the Miami Marlins on Wednesday night, marking the beginning of the 2012 Major League Baseball season. The Texas Rangers won't have their Opening Day until Friday when they take on the Chicago White Sox, but Ron Washington did finalize his roster on Wednesday.

The Rangers are carrying 12 pitchers to start the year. Colby Lewis, Derek Holland, Matt Harrison, Yu Darvish and Neftali Feliz will serve as Texas' starting rotation. Scott Feldman and Alexi Ogando, both of whom have starting experience, will be in Texas' bullpen. Mike Adams, Robbie Ross, Koji Uehara, Mark Lowe and Joe Nathan will round out the bullpen, with Nathan serving as Texas' closer.

Texas is only carrying two catchers, starter Mike Napoli and backup Yorvit Torrealba. Six infielders make the roster, as Elvis Andrus, Adrian Beltre, Ian Kinsler and Mitch Moreland will make up the starting infield. Michael Young will serve as Texas' primary designated hitter, but will likely draw some starts around the infield throughout the year as well. Alberto Gonzalez will serve as Texas' utility infielder.

Brandon Snyder also made the roster, and will serve as a 1B/OF and emergency catcher.

Four outfielders made the roster. David Murphy, Josh Hamilton and Nelson Cruz figure to start as Texas' starting outfield, with Craig Gentry serving as the fourth outfielder.

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