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Baltimore Orioles (2011: 69-93, fifth place)

Matt Wieters (J. Meric/Getty Images)

Projected Lineup
C - Matt Wieters
1B - Chris Davis
2B - Robert Andino
SS - JJ Hardy
3B - Mark Reynolds
LF - Nolan Reimold
CF - Adam Jones
RF - Nick Markakis
DH - Wilson Betemit
Rotation:
RHP - Jake Arrieta
RHP - Tommy Hunter
RHP - Jason Hammel
LHP - Wei-Yin Chen
LHP - Zach Britton
Bullpen Keys:
RHP - Jim Johnson (CL)
RHP - Kevin Gregg
RHP - Matt Lindstrom

Front Office Lead: Dan Duquette
Manager: Buck Showalter

Key Signings/Acquisitions: LHP Wei-Yin Chen, LHP Dana Eveland, RHP Jason Hammel, RHP Matt Lindstrom, LHP Tsuyoshi Wada, C Taylor Teagarden, 2B Matt Antonelli, OF Endy Chavez, CF Jai Miller, INF Wilson Betemit, INF Ryan Flaherty, LHP Dontrelle Willis

Key Departures: DH Vladimir Guerrero, LF Luke Scott, C Jake Fox, OF Felix Pie, RHP Chris Jakubauskas, RHP Jeremy Guthrie, LHP Jo-Jo Reyes, RHP Rick VandenHurk

Notes from Camp: With second baseman Brian Roberts still bothered by concussions and out indefinitely, Robert Andino will man his position. Nick Markakis--recovering from off-season surgery on his abdomen--is pushing hard to be ready for Opening Day. Zach Britton who is recovering from inflammation in his throwing shoulder, is not likely to be ready to pitch by the start of the season. (Updated: March 26)

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Boston Red Sox (2011: 90-72, third place)

Jacoby Ellsbury (Elsa/Getty Images)

Projected Lineup
C - Jarrod Saltalamacchia
1B - Adrian Gonzalez
2B - Dustin Pedrioa
SS - Mike Aviles
3B - Kevin Youkilis
LF - Cody Ross
CF - Jacoby Ellsbury
RF - Ryan Sweeney
DH - David Ortiz
Rotation:
RHP - Josh Beckett
LHP - Jon Lester
RHP - Clay Buchholz
RHP - Daniel Bard
RHP - Alfredo Aceves
Bullpen Keys:
RHP - Andrew Bailey (CL)
RHP - Mark Melancon
LHP - Franklin Morales

Front Office Lead: Ben Cherrington
Manager: Bobby Valentine

Key Signings/Acquisitions: OF Cody Ross, OF Ryan Sweeney, INF Nick Punto, C Kelly Shoppach, RHP Andrew Bailey, RHP Mark Melancon, RHP Vicente Padilla, RHP Aaron Cook.

Key Departures: RF J.D. Drew, RF Josh Reddick, SS Marco Scutaro, INF Josh Lowrie, C Jason Varitek, RHP Tim Wakefield, RHP Dan Wheeler, LHP Erik Bedard, RHP Jonathan Papelbon.

Notes from Camp: Looking to put their historic September collapse behind them, the Red Sox brought in manager Bobby Valentine and said good bye to JD Drew, Jason Varitek and Jonathan Papelbon. Craw Crawford will more than likely not be available to start the season, as he's still dealing with a left wrist issue. Andrew Bailey has taken over the new look bullpen as Daniel Bard hopes to successfully transition into the rotation. (Updated: March 26)

Red Sox Team Page

New York Yankees (2011: 97-65, first place)

Michael Pineda (Nick Laham/Getty Images)

Projected Lineup
C - Russell Martin
1B - Mark Teixeira
2B - Robinson Cano
SS - Derek Jeter
3B - Alex Rodriguez
LF - Brett Gardner
CF - Curtis Granderson
RF - Nick Swisher
DH - Raul Ibanez
Rotation:
LHP - CC Sabathia
RHP - Hiroki Kuroda
RHP - Ivan Nova
RHP - Michael Pineda
RHP - Phil Hughes
Bullpen Keys:
RHP - Mariano Rivera (CL)
RHP - David Robertson
RHP - Rafael Soriano

Front Office Lead: Brian Cashman
Manager: Joe Girardi

Key Signings/Acquisitions: RHP Michael Pineda, RHP Hiroki Kuroda, INF-OF Bill Hall, 1B-DH Russell Branyan, RHP Manny Delcarmen, OF Dewayne Wise, LHP Andy Pettitte

Key Departures: DH-1B Jorge Posada, RHP Bartolo Colon, RHP Hector Noesi, RHP Andrew Brackman, 3B Eric Chavez, DH-C Jesus Montero

Notes from Camp: Alex Rodriguez, who struggled in 2011, because of right knee surgery, a sprained left thumb and sore left shoulder appears to be healthy. Joe Girardi is hopeful Joba Chamberlain will pitch at some point this season after dislocating his ankle in a freak trampoline incident. Andy Pettitte was brought out of retirement and plans on joining the team in May. (Updated: March 26)

Yankees Team Page

Tampa Bay Rays (2011: 91-71, second place, wild card)

Matt Moore (Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

Projected Lineup
C - Jose Molina
1B - Carlos Pena
2B - Ben Zobrist
SS - Sean Rodriguez
3B - Evan Longoria
LF - Desmond Jennings
CF - B.J. Upton
RF - Matt Joyce
DH - Luke Scott
Rotation:
LHP - David Price
RHP - James Shields
RHP - Jeremy Hellickson
RHP - Wade Davis
LHP - Matt Moore
Bullpen Keys:
RHP Kyle Farnsworth (CL)
RHP - Joel Peralta
RHP - Francisco Rodney

Front Office Lead: Andrew Friedman
Manager: Joe Maddon

Key Signings/Acquisitions: 1B Carlos Pena, OF Luke Scott, RHP Burke Badenhop, RHP Fernando Rodney, C Jose Molina, INF Jeff Keppinger

Key Departures: DH-OF Johnny Damon, C Kelly Shoppach, C John Jaso, 1B Casey Kotchman, 1B Dan Johnson, OF Justin Ruggiano, RHP Juan Cruz, RHP Andy Sonnanstine

Notes from Camp: The Rays boast one of the best rotations in the American League, if not all of baseball, and the club will have to decide likely which one of Wade Davis or Jeff Niemann will have to start the year in the bullpen. Joe Maddon is concerned B.J. Upton--sidelined since March 14 with a sore back--may not be ready for Opening Day. (Updated March 26)

Rays Team Page

Toronto Blue Jays (2011: 81-81, fourth place)

Brett Lawrie (Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

Projected Lineup
C - J.P. Arencibia
1B - Adam Lind
2B - Kelly Johnson
SS - Yunel Escobar
3B - Brett Lawrie
LF - Eric Thames
CF - Colby Rasmus
RF - Jose Bautista
DH - Edwin Encarnacion
Rotation:
LHP - Ricky Romero
RHP - Brandon Morrow
RHP - Henderson Alvarez
LHP - Brett Cecil
RHP - Dustin McGowan
Bullpen Keys:
RHP - Sergio Santos (CL)
RHP - Francisco Cordero
RHP - Jason Frasor

Front Office Lead: Alex Anthopoulos
Manager: John Farrell

Key Signings/Acquisitions: RHP Francisco Cordero, OF Ben Francisco, LHP Aaron Laffey, C Jeff Mathis, LHP Darren Oliver, RHP Sergio Santos, INF Luis Valbuena, INF Omar Vizquel

Key Departures: RHP Shawn Camp, RHP Frank Francisco, OF Adam Loewen, C Jose Molina, RHP Jon Rauch, INF Mark Teahen, OF Dewayne Wise

Notes from Camp: With Travis Snider optioned to the Minor Leagues, Eric Thames will begin the season as the Jays' left fielder. Dustin McGowan's status for the start of the regular season is in doubt after he was diagnosed with a case of plantar fasciitis in his right foot. (Updated March 26)

Blue Jays Team Page




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