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Atlanta Braves (2011: 89-73, second place)

Craig Kimbrel (Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Projected Lineup
C - Brian McCann
1B - Freddie Freeman
2B - Dan Uggla
SS - Tyler Pastornicky
3B - Chipper Jones
LF - Martin Prado
CF - Michael Bourn
RF - Jason Heyward
RHP - Tim Hudson
RHP - Jair Jurrjens
RHP - Tommy Hanson
RHP - Brandon Beachy
LHP - Mike Minor
Bullpen Keys:
RHP - Craig Kimbrel (CL)
LHP - Jonny Venters
LHP - Eric O'Flaherty

Front Office Lead: Frank Wren
Manager: Fredi Gonzalez

Key Additions: SS Tyler Pastornicky

Key Departures: RHP Derek Lowe, SS Alex Gonzalez, OF Nate McLouth, INF Brooks Conrad, RHP Scott Linebrink, LHP George Sherrill

Notes from Camp: Days after revealing that 2011 would mark his final major league campaign, Chipper Jones year hit an early snag. The 39-year-old is expected to miss the next three weeks after arthroscopic surgery to repair a tear in his left knee. (Updated: March 26)

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Miami Marlins (2011: 72-90, fifth place)

Jose Reyes (Marc Serota/Getty Images)

Projected Lineup
C - John Buck
1B - Gaby Sanchez
2B - Omar Infante
SS - Jose Reyes
3B - Hanley Ramirez
LF - Logan Morrison
CF - Emilio Bonifacio
RF - Giancarlo Stanton
RHP - Josh Johnson
LHP - Mark Buehrle
RHP - Ricky Nolasco
RHP - Anibal Sanchez
RHP - Carlos Zambrano
Bullpen Keys:
RHP - Heath Bell (CL)
RHP - Edward Mujica
LHP - Mike Dunn

Front Office Lead: Michael Hill
Manager: Ozzie Guillen

Key Signings/Acquisitions: SS Jose Reyes, LHP Mark Buehrle, RHP Carlos Zambrano, RHP Heath Bell, LHP Wade LeBlanc, RHP Chad Gaudin, OF Aaron Rowand, OF Austin Kearns

Key Departures: RHP Chris Volstad, RHP Clay Hensley, RHP Brian Sanches, RHP Burke Badenhop, C John Baker

Notes from Camp: Josh Johnson is hoping to round back into 2010 form after a shoulder injury cut his 2011 campaign short. The righty shut out Tampa over five innings in his last start (Mar. 25) but he also walked five batters over the course of the outing. (Updated: March 26)

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New York Mets (2011: 77-85, fourth place)

David Wright (Marc Serota/Getty Images)

Projected Lineup
C - Josh Thole
1B - Ike Davis
2B - Daniel Murphy
SS - Ruben Tejada
3B - David Wright
LF - Jason Bay
CF - Andres Torres
RF - Lucas Duda
LHP - Johan Santana
RHP - Mike Pelfrey
LHP - Jonathon Niese
RHP - R.A. Dickey
RHP - Dillon Gee
Bullpen Keys:
RHP - Frank Francisco (CL)
RHP - Jon Rauch
RHP - Bobby Parnell

Front Office Lead: Sandy Alderson
Manager: Terry Collins

Key Signings/Acquisitions: CF Andres Torres, RHP Ramon Ramirez, RHP Frank Francisco, RHP Jon Rauch, INF Ronny Cedeno, C Rob Johnson, RHP Fernando Cabrera

Key Departures: SS Jose Reyes, CF Angel Pagan, LHP Chris Capuano, C Ronny Paulino, RHP Jason Isringhausen, OF Willie Harris, 1B-OF Nick Evans, RHP Chris Young

Notes from Camp:David Wright made big strides towards starting the season healthy, appearing in his first spring training game on Mar. 26. The third-baseman had been suffering from a strained left abdominal muscle. (Updated: March 26)

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Philadelphia Phillies (2011: 102-60, first place)

Roy Halladay (Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

Projected Lineup
C - Carlos Ruiz
1B - Ty Wigginton
2B - Chase Utley
SS - Jimmy Rollins
3B - Placido Polanco
LF - Laynce Nix
CF - Shane Victorino
RF - Hunter Pence
RHP - Roy Halladay
LHP - Cliff Lee
LHP - Cole Hamels
RHP - Joe Blanton
RHP - Vance Worley
Bullpen Keys:
RHP - Jonathan Papelbon (CL)
LHP - Antonio Bastardo
RHP - Chad Qualls

Front Office Lead: Ruben Amaro Jr
Manager: Charlie Manuel

Key Signings/Acquisitions: RHP Jonathan Papelbon, RHP Chad Qualls, LHP Dontrelle Willis, 1B Jim Thome, INF Ty Wigginton, OF Laynce Nix, OF Juan Pierre, OF Scott Podsednik, RHP Joel Pineiro, RHP Brian Sanches

Key Departures: RHP Roy Oswalt, RHP Brad Lidge, OF Raul Ibanez, RHP Ryan Madson, OF Ross Gload, OF Ben Francisco, INF Wilson Valdez

Notes from Camp: Chase Utley will miss his second straight Opening Day start as he remains shelved with pain in both his knees. Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. is believed to be scouring the trade market for a short-term fill-in. (Updated: March 26)

Phillies Team Page

Washington Nationals (2011: 80-81, third place)

Stephen Strasburg (The Associated Press)

Projected Lineup
C - Wilson Ramos
1B - Adam LaRoche
2B - Danny Espinosa
SS - Ian Desmond
3B - Ryan Zimmerman
LF - Michael Morse
CF - Roger Bernadina
RF - Jayson Werth
RHP - Stephen Strasburg
LHP - Gio Gonzalez
RHP - Jordan Zimmermann
RHP - Edwin Jackson
LHP - John Lannan
Bullpen Keys:
RHP - Drew Storen (CL)
RHP - Brad Lidge
RHP - Tyler Clippard

Front Office Lead: Mike Rizzo
Manager: Davey Johnson

Key Signings/Acquisitions: RHP Edwin Jackson, LHP Gio Gonzalez, RHP Brad Lidge, OF Mike Cameron, INF Mark DeRosa, RHP Chad Durbin, INF-OF Mark Teahen

Key Departures: RHP Livan Hernandez, OF Jonny Gomes, RHP Todd Coffey, OF Laynce Nix

Notes from Camp: Stephen Strasburg has been tabbed to be the Nats Opening Day starter. The 23-year-old has impressed in camp despite missing much of 2011 recovering from Tommy John surgery. (Updated: March 26)

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