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AL West Notes: Daniel Nava, Marcus Semien and Rangers clubhouse

The latest news surrounding the American League West.

Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

Angels outfielder Daniel Nava is getting all the breaks to go his way this spring, after a rough 2015, writes JP Hoornstra of the Los Angeles Daily News.Early in the year, Nava injured his left thumb with the Boston Red Sox. Trying to compensate for the pain, Nava picked up some bad habits, and during this journey, he injured his right knee.Now, with the Angels, things appear to breaking his way this spring.

More news from around the American League West:

  • Spencer Morris over at Crawfish Boxes dissected the newest member of the Astros rotation, Doug Fister.
  • The Mariners are embracing a new mantra from general manager Jerry Dipoto: CTZ. Control the Zone. It's more about drawing walks for this Seattle team, it's about getting into a good count and getting a good pitch to hit and drive. And the team is trying to get themselves into that mindset, using analytics along the way.
  • Sam Dyson has been with a number of clubs during his career, but he said that the Rangers clubhouse might just be the easiest atmosphere he's been in. He added that everyone welcomes a player with open arms into the team and wants them to perform at their best.
  • The A's are going to have the same guy at shortstop to start 2016 as they did in 2015, but it's also a different guy says Carl Steward of the San Jose Mercury News. 25-year-old Marcus Semien has worked hard on changing his game, mainly his defense. Semien made the most errors out of any player in baseball last year with 35, and had the most errors by a big league shortstop in the last 15 years.