ROSTER

PITCHERS

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Brett Anderson, left-hander, age 25: Club comfortable with him moving into role as staff ace.

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Jarrod Parker, right, 24: His 140 strikeouts in 2012 fourth-best ever by an A's rookie.

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Tommy Milone, left, 26: Shares A's rookie wins record with 13 with Jarrod Parker.

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A.J. Griffin, right, 25: Opened eyes with 7-1 record; A's were 12-3 when he started.

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Dan Straily, right, 24: Could be short stay; Bartolo Colon may take his spot mid-April.

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Grant Balfour, right, 35: Mid-February knee surgery doesn't appear to have slowed him.

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Ryan Cook,

right, 25: Closer-in-waiting; had All-Star first half in 2012 (1.41 ERA).

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Sean Doolittle, left, 26: Converted first baseman crashed AL West party with 97 mph fastball.

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Pat Neshek, right, 32: Went 2-1, 1.37 after coming over from Orioles in August.

  • Jerry Blevins, left, 29: Coming off career year (5-1, 2.48) and personal best 651/3 IP.

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    Chris Resop, right, 30: Pitched well for a bad Pirates team; hoping to do same with winner.


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    Evan Scribner, right, 27: Went 2-0 with 2.55 ERA; won division-clinching game vs. Texas.

    CATCHERS

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    John Jaso, bats left/throws right, 29: Long coveted by A's; was big in clutch for Mariners in 2012.

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    Derek Norris, right/right, 24: He could be the regular down the line; will platoon with Jaso for now.

    INFIELDERS

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    Josh Donaldson, third base, bats right/throw right, 27: Converted catcher brings power, defense to third base.

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    Nate Freiman, first base, right/right, 26: As a Rule 5 acquisition, he has to remain on roster all season.

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    Jed Lowrie, shortstop, switch/right, 28: Big spring leaves him ready to start at second base or shortstop.

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    Brandon Moss, first base, left/right, 29: Started 2012 in minors, finished in middle of lineup w/21 HRs.

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    Scott Sizemore, second, right/right, 28: Second baseman turned third baseman is back at second and healthy.

  • Eric Sogard, utility, left/right, 26: Huge spring, went 15-for-21 at one point to become candidate for second base job.

    OUTFIELDERS

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    Yoenis Cespedes, left field, bats right/throws right, 27: Star in the making has power, speed and hits for average.

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    Coco Crisp, center, switch/right, 33: Leadoff hitter adds veteran experience, speed at top of batting order.

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    Josh Reddick, right, left/right, 26: Led the A's in homers and RBIs last year, and in facial hair this spring.

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    Seth Smith, utility outfielder, left/left, 30: He's spent his career as a reliable RBI man averaging about 400 at-bats.

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    Chris Young, utility, right/right, 29: Former All-Star CF with Diamondbacks will roam all three outfield positions with A's.