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Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (2011: 86-76, second place)

Albert Pujols (Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Projected Lineup
C - Chris Iannetta
1B - Albert Pujols
2B - Howie Kendrick
SS - Eric Aybar
3B - Alberto Callapso
LF - Vernon Wells
CF - Peter Bourjos
RF - Torii Hunter
DH - Kendrys Morales
Rotation:
RHP - Jered Weaver
RHP - Dan Haren
LHP - C.J. Wilson
RHP - Earvin Santana
RHP - Jerome Williams
Bullpen Keys:
RHP - Jordan Waldin (CL)
LHP - Scott Downs
RHP - LaTroy Hawkins

Front Office Lead: Jerry Dipoto
Manager: Mike Scioscia

Key Signings/Acquisitions: 1B Albert Pujols, LHP C.J. Wilson, C Chris Iannetta, RHP LaTroy Hawkins, INF Jorge Cantu, OF Ryan Langerhans, LHP Brad Mills

Key Departures: C Jeff Mathis, RHP Joel Pineiro, RHP Tyler Chatwood, INF Russell Branyan, OF Reggie Willits

Notes from Camp: The Angels made a huge splash in the off-season signing the best available hitter, Albert Pujols and one of the top starters in C.J. Wilson. Kendrys Morales has looked good in the spring and is expected to start the season as the team's DH. 2011 Rookie of the Year Mark Trumbo is expected to get at bats at first, third, DH and potentially the outfield. (Updated: March 26)

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Oakland Athletics (2011: 74-88, third place)

Manny Ramirez (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Projected Lineup
C - Kurt Suzuki
1B - Brandon Allen
2B - Jemile Weeks
SS - Cliff Pennington
3B - Josh Donaldson
LF - Coco Crisp
CF - Yoenis Cespedes
RF - Josh Reddick
DH - Jonny Gomes
Rotation:
RHP - Brandon McCarthy
RHP - Bartolo Colon
LHP - Dallas Braden
RHP - Graham Godfrey
LHP - Tommy Milone
Bullpen Keys:
RHP - Grant Balfour (CL)
LHP - Brian Fuentes
RHP - Fautino De Los Santos

Front Office Lead: Billy Beane
Manager: Bob Melvin

Key Signings/Acquisitions: CF Yoenis Cespedes, DH Manny Ramirez, LF Seth Smith, RF Josh Reddick, OF Jonny Gomes, RHP Bartolo Colon, RHP Jarrod Parker, RHP Ryan Cook, OF Collin Cowgill

Key Departures: RHP Trevor Cahill, LHP Gio Gonzalez, RHP Andrew Bailey, OF Ryan Sweeney, LHP Craig Breslow, RHP Guillermo Moscoso, LHP Josh Outman

Notes from Camp: Sensing the winds of change in their division, and the revenue disparity, the A's dealt away Trevor Cahill, Andrew Bailey and Gio Gonzalez. Cuban outfielder Yoenis Cespedes will be the team's starting centre fielder. Oakland also took a flyer on Manny Ramirez, who is suspended for the first 50 games of the season. Slots three through five in the rotation are expected to be filled by Tommy Millone, Tyson Ross and Graham Godfrey who have made a combined 17 major league starts. (Updated: March 26)

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Seattle Mariners (2011: 67-95, fourth place)

Jesus Montero (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Projected Lineup
C - Miguel Olivo
1B - Justin Smoak
2B - Dustin Ackley
SS - Brendan Ryan
3B - Chone Figgins
LF - Mike Carp
CF - Franklin Gutierrez
RF - Ichiro Suzuki
DH - Jesus Montero
Rotation:
RHP - Felix Hernandez
LHP - Jason Vargas
RHP - Hector Noesi
RHP - Blake Beavan
RHP - Kevin Milwood
Bullpen Keys:
RHP - Brandon League (CL)
RHP - Tom Wilhelmsen
LHP - George Sherrill

Front Office Lead: Jack Zduriencik
Manager:Eric Wedge

Key Signings/Acquisitions: C-DH Jesus Montero, RHP Hector Noesi, LHP George Sherrill, RHP Hisashi Iwakuma, RHP Kevin Millwood, INF Munenori Kawasaki, INF Carlos Guillen, C John Jaso

Key Departures: RHP Michael Pineda, INF Adam Kennedy, RHP Josh Lueke, C Josh Bard

Notes from Camp: The Mariners attempts to increase their woeful offence started with the acquisition of Jesus Montero from the Yankees. The club will also move Ichiro from the top of the lineup to third, allowing Chone Figgins to move from second in the order to first. Michael Saunders is expected to open the season as the team's centre fielder until Franklin Gutierrez is fully recovered from a partially torn pectoral muscle. (Updated: March 26)

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Texas Rangers (2011: 96-66, first place)

Yu Darvish (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Projected Lineup
C - Mike Napoli
1B - Mitch Moreland
2B - Ian Kinsler
SS - Elvis Andrus
3B - Adrian Beltre
LF - Josh Hamilton
CF - Craig Gentry
RF - Nelson Cruz
DH - Michael Young
Rotation:
RHP - Colby Lewis
RHP - Yu Darvish
LHP - Derek Holland
RHP - Neftali Feliz
LHP - Matt Harrison
Bullpen Keys:
RHP - Joe Nathan (CL)
RHP - Koji Uehara
RHP - Mike Adams

Front Office Lead: John Daniels
Manager: Ron Washington

Key Signings/Acquisitions: RHP Yu Darvish, RHP Joe Nathan

Key Departures: LHP C.J. Wilson, LHP Darren Oliver

Notes from Camp: The Rangers, who have been the World Series runners up for the last two years, spent big in the off-season and landed Yu Darvish from Japan. Neftali Feliz, who has battled shoulder tightness in the spring, will look to make the jump from the bullpen into the starting rotation, with Joe Nathan taking over duties in the ninth inning. (Updated: March 26)

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