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Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Felix Hernandez works in the second inning against the Chicago White Sox in a spring training baseball game in Peoria, Ariz., Tuesday, March 22, 2011. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

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Updated: June 29, 2011 12:23AM



AL EAST

Tampa Bay Rays

2010: 96-66, first place, lost in first round.

Manager: Joe Maddon (6th season).

They’re here: LF Johnny Damon, DH Manny Ramirez, RHP Jeremy Hellickson, RHP Kyle Farnsworth, RHP Joel Peralta, RHP Adam Russell, 1B Casey Kotchman.

They’re gone: LF Carl Crawford, 1B Carlos Pena, SS Jason Bartlett, RHP Matt Garza, RHP Rafael Soriano, RHP Joaquin Benoit, RHP Grant Balfour, RHP Dan Wheeler, LHP Randy Choate, RHP Chad Qualls, C Dioner Navarro, OF-1B Brad Hawpe, OF Rocco Baldelli.

Projected lineup: 2B Ben Zobrist (.238, 10 HRs, 75 RBIs, 23 stolen bases), LF Johnny Damon (.271, 8, 51), 3B Evan Longoria (.294, 22, 104), DH Manny Ramirez (.298, 9, 42 in 90 games), RF Matt Joyce (.241, 10, 40 in 77 games), 1B Dan Johnson (.198, 7, 23 in 40 games), CF B.J. Upton (.237, 18, 62), C John Jaso (.263, 5, 44) SS Reid Brignac (.256, 8, 45).

Rotation: LH David Price (19-6, 2.72 ERA, 188 Ks), RH James Shields (13-15, 5.18, 187 Ks), RH Wade Davis (12-10, 4.07), RH Jeff Niemann (12-8, 4.39), RH Jeremy Hellickson (4-0, 3.47 in 10 appearances, four starts).

Outlook: Despite losing Crawford, Pena, Garza and Bartlett, the Rays believe they can remain competitive, but they are rebuilding their bullpen almost from the ground up after losing six relievers to free agency.

New York Yankees

2010: 95-67, second place, wild card.

Manager: Joe Girardi (4th season).

They’re here: 3B-1B Eric Chavez, LHP Pedro Feliciano, DH-OF Andruw Jones, C Russell Martin, RHP Rafael Soriano, OF Chris Dickerson.

They’re gone: RHP Alfredo Aceves, 1B-DH Lance Berkman, 1B-DH Nick Johnson, OF Austin Kearns, LHP Andy Pettitte, OF-DH Marcus Thames, RHP Javier Vazquez, RHP Kerry Wood, RHPSergio Mitre.

Projected lineup: SS Derek Jeter (.270, 10, 67), RF Nick Swisher (.288, 29, 89), 1B Mark Teixeira (.256, 33, 108), 3B Alex Rodriguez (.270, 30, 125), 2B Robinson Cano (.319, 29, 109), DH Jorge Posada (.248, 18, 57), CF Curtis Granderson (.247, 24, 67), C Russell Martin (.248, 5, 26), LF Brett Gardner (.277, 5, 47, 47 SBs).

Rotation: LH CC Sabathia (21-7, 3.18, 197 Ks), RH A.J. Burnett (10-15, 5.26), RH Phil Hughes (18-8, 4.19), RH Ivan Nova (1-2, 4.50), RH Freddy Garcia (12-6, 4.64 with White Sox).

Outlook: If the back of the rotation provides stability, the Yankees will be a legitthreat to win it all. Otherwise, they might struggle to make the playoffs.

Boston Red Sox

2010: 89-73, third place.

Manager: Terry Francona (8th season).

They’re here: 1B Adrian Gonzalez, LF Carl Crawford, RHP Bobby Jenks, RHP Dan Wheeler, RHP Matt Albers, RHP Alfredo Aceves and LHP Dennys Reyes.

They’re gone: 3B Adrian Beltre, C Victor Martinez, 3B Mike Lowell, IF-OF Bill Hall, OF Eric Patterson.

Projected lineup: CF Jacoby Ellsbury (.192, 0 HR, 5 RBIs, 18 games), 2B Dustin Pedroia (.288, 12, 41, 75 games), LF Carl Crawford (.307, 19, 90, 47 SB), 3B Kevin Youkilis (.307, 19, 62), 1B Adrian Gonzalez (.298, 31, 101), DH David Ortiz (.270, 32, 102), RF J.D. Drew (.255, 22, 68), C Jarrod Saltalamacchia (.158, 0, 1, 10 games with Boston), SS Marco Scutaro (.275, 11, 56).

Rotation: LH Jon Lester (19-9, 3.25 ERA), RH John Lackey, (14-11, 4.40), RH Clay Buchholz (17-7, 2.33), RH Josh Beckett (6-6, 5.78), RH Daisuke Matsuzaka (9-6, 4.69).

Outlook: Boston may have the most potent lineup, with the additions of Crawford and Gonzalez, and the strongest rotation in the AL. Papelbon is coming off his worst season, but the Red Sox are well stocked with closers-in-waiting Bard and Jenks.

Toronto Blue Jays

2010: 85-77, fourth place.

Manager: John Farrell (1st season).

He’s here: OF Rajai Davis, RHP Octavio Dotel, RHP Frank Francisco, INF Brett Lawrie, RHP Jon Rauch, OF Juan Rivera, RHP Carlos Villanueva.

He’s outta there: LHP Scott Downs, RHP Kevin Gregg, RHP Shawn Hill, RHP Shaun Marcum, 1B Lyle Overbay, LHP Brian Tallet, OF Vernon Wells.

Projected lineup: CF Rajai Davis (.284, 5, 52), SS Yunel Escobar (.275, 4, 16), 3B Jose Bautista (.260, 54, 124), 1B Adam Lind (.237, 23, 72), 2B Aaron Hill (.205, 26, 68), DH Edwin Encarnacion (.244, 21, 51), LF Travis Snider (.255, 14, 32), RF Juan Rivera (.255, 15, 52), C J.P. Arencibia (.301, 32, 85 at Triple-A).

Rotation: LH Ricky Romero (14-9, 3.73), RH Kyle Drabek (14-9, 2.94 at Double-A), LH Brett Cecil (15-7, 4.22), RH Jesse Litsch (1-5, 5.79), and LH Jo-Jo Reyes (2-6, 4.99 in the minors).

Outlook: Toronto exceeded expectations in 2010 but could be hard-pressed to duplicate its success after trading Marcum and Wells over the winter and losing Buck, Downs and Gregg to free agency.

Baltimore Orioles

2010: 66-96, last place.

Manager: Buck Showalter (1st full season).

They’re here: DH Vladimir Guerrero, 3B Mark Reynolds, 1B Derrek Lee, SS J.J. Hardy, RHP Justin Duchscherer, RHP Jeremy Accardo, RHP Kevin Gregg.

They’re gone: 1B Ty Wigginton, RHP Matt Albers, RHP David Hernandez, RHP Kevin Millwood, RHP Kam Mickilio, OF Corey Patterson.Projected Lineup: 2B Brian Roberts (.278, 4, 15 in 59 games), RF Nick Markakis (.297, 12, 60), 1B Derrek Lee (.260, 19, 80), DH Vladimir Guerrero (.300, 29, 115), LF Luke Scott (.284, 27, 82), CF Adam Jones (.284, 19, 69), 3B Mark Reynolds (.198, 32, 85), C Matt Wieters (.249, 11, 55), SS J.J. Hardy (.268, 6, 38).

Rotation: RH Jeremy Guthrie (11-14, 3.83), LH Brian Matusz (10-12, 4.30), RH Brad Bergesen (8-12, 4.98), RH Jake Arrieta (6-6, 4.66), RH Justin Duchscherer (2-1, 2.89).

Outlook: The Orioles went on a spending spree during the offseason, but an unproven starting rotation will have to mature quickly.



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