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Shin-Soo Choo - RF

Asdrubal Cabrera - SS

Jason Kipnis - 2B

Michael Brantley - CF

Johnny Damon - LF

Casey Kotchman - 1B

Lonnie Chisenhall - DH

Jack Hannahan - 3B

Lou Marson - C

Derek Lowe - RHP (7-6, 4.28 ERA


Brian Roberts - 2B

Xavier Avery - LF

J.J. Hardy - SS

Adam Jones - CF

Wilson Betemit - 1B

Chris Davis - DH

Matt Wieters - C

Ryan Flaherty - RF

Robert Andino - 3B

Jake Arrietaberry - RHP (3-9, 5.55 ERA)


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