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Arizona Diamondbacks (2011: 94-68, first place)

Justin Upton (Rob Tringali/Getty Images)

Projected Lineup
C - Miguel Montero
1B - Paul Goldschmidt
2B - Aaron Hill
SS - Stephen Drew
3B - Ryan Roberts
LF - Jason Kubel
CF - Chris Young
RF - Justin Upton
RHP - Ian Kennedy
RHP - Trevor Cahill
RHP - Daniel Hudson
LHP - Joe Saunders
RHP - Josh Collmenter
Bullpen Keys:
RHP - J.J. Putz (CL)
RHP - David Hernandez
RHP - Brad Ziegler

Front Office Lead: Kevin Towers
Manager: Kirk Gibson

Key Signings/Acquisitions: OF Jason Kubel, RHP Trevor Cahill, LHP Craig Breslow, RHP Takashi Saito, RHP Jonathan Albaladejo

Key Departures: OF-1B Xavier Nady, LHP Zach Duke, OF Colin Cowgill, SS Josh Wilson, 3B Sean Burroughs, RHP Jarrod Parker, RHP Esmerling Vasquez

Notes from Camp: The D-backs will start the season with Willie Blomquist at short while incumbent starter Stephen Drew continues to rehab his ankle. Drew - who was limited to just 86 games last season - is yet to see any game action this spring. (Updated: March 26)

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Colorado Rockies (2011: 73-89, fourth place)

Michael Cuddyer (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Projected Lineup
C - Ramon Hernandez
1B - Todd Helton
2B - Marco Scutaro
SS - Troy Tulowitzki
3B - Casey Blake
LF - Carlos Gonzalez
CF - Dexter Fowler
RF - Michael Cuddyer
RHP - Jhoulys Chacin
RHP - Jeremy Guthrie
LHP - Drew Pomeranz
RHP - Juan Nicasio
RHP - Guillermo Moscoso
Bullpen Keys:
RHP - Rafael Betancourt (CL)
RHP - Matt Belisle
LHP - Matt Reynolds

Front Office Lead: Dan O'Dowd
Manager: Jim Tracy

Key Signings/Acquisitions: RHP Jeremy Guthrie, OF Michael Cuddyer, 2B Marco Scutaro, C Ramon Hernandez, 3B Casey Blake, RHP Tyler Chatwood, RHP Guillermo Moscoso, LHP Josh Outman, OF Tyler Colvin, LHP Jamie Moyer, INF D.J. LeMahieu

Key Departures: RHP Huston Street, RHP Jason Hammel, RHP Matt Lindstrom, OF Seth Smith, C Chris Iannetta, 3B Ian Stewart, RHP Casey Weathers, RHP Clayton Mortensen

Notes from Camp: The seemingly-ageless Jamie Moyer continues to impress in his bid to crack the Rockie rotation. In three appearances this spring the 49-year-old has surrendered just one run, highlighted by a perfect four-inning outing against the Giants on Mar. 22. (Updated: March 26)

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Los Angeles Dodgers (2011: 82-79, third place)

Matt Kemp (Rob Tringali/Getty Images)

Projected Lineup
C - A.J. Ellis
1B - James Loney
2B - Mark Ellis
SS - Dee Gordon
3B - Juan Uribe
LF - Juan Rivera
CF - Matt Kemp
RF - Andre Ethier
LHP - Clayton Kershaw
RHP - Chad Billingsley
LHP - Ted Lilly
RHP - Aaron Harang
LHP - Chris Capuano
Bullpen Keys:
RHP - Javy Guerra (CL)
RHP - Kenley Jansen
RHP - Mike MacDougal

Front Office Lead: Ned Colletti
Manager: Don Mattingly

Key Signings/Acquisitions: 2B Mark Ellis, LF Juan Rivera, 2B Adam Kennedy, LHP Chris Capuano, INF-OF Jerry Hairston Jr., RHP Aaron Harang, RHP Mike MacDougal, C Matt Treanor, RHP Todd Coffey

Key Departures: RHP Hiroki Kuroda, RHP Jonathan Broxton, RHP Vicente Padilla, 3B Casey Blake, SS Jamey Carroll, C Rod Barajas, LHP Hong-Chih Kuo, LHP Dana Eveland

Notes from Camp: Leadoff man Dee Gordon has picked up right where he left off in 2011, swiping an MLB-leading 10 bags in just 16 spring training games. Having only been caught once this spring, Gordon should make good on the pace he set last season when he stole 24 bases in just 56 games. (Updated: March 26)

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San Diego Padres (2011: 71-91, fifth place)

Huston Street (Rich Pilling/Getty Images)

Projected Lineup
C - Nick Hundley
1B - Yonder Alonso
2B - Orlando Hudson
SS - Jason Bartlett
3B - Chase Headley
LF - Carlos Quentin
CF - Cameron Maybin
RF - Will Venable
RHP - Tim Stauffer
RHP - Cory Luebke
LHP - Edinson Volquez
RHP - Dustin Moseley
LHP - Clayton Richard
Bullpen Keys:
RHP - Huston Street (CL)
RHP - Luke Gregerson
LHP - Joe Thatcher

Front Office Lead: Josh Byrnes
Manager: Bud Black

Key Signings/Acquisitions: LF Carlos Quentin, 1B Yonder Alonso, RHP Huston Street, RHP Edinson Volquez, RHP Micah Owings, RHP Andrew Cashner, C John Baker

Key Departures: RHP Heath Bell, RHP Mat Latos, 1B Anthony Rizzo

Notes from Camp: The Mat Latos trade is already paying dividends for the Padres. Yonder Alonso and Yasmani Grandal are the Padres' spring training RBI co-leaders (nine apiece) while Edinson Volquez earned his first win of the spring against his former teammates, holding the Reds to two runs over 5.2 innings on Mar. 23. (Updated: March 26)

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San Francisco Giants (2011: 86-76, second place)

Tim Lincecum (Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Projected Lineup
C - Buster Posey
1B - Aubrey Huff
2B - Freddy Sanchez
SS - Brandon Crawford
3B - Pablo Sandoval
LF - Melky Cabrera
CF - Angel Pagan
RF - Nick Schierholtz
RHP - Tim Lincecum
RHP - Matt Cain
LHP - Madison Bumgarner
RHP - Ryan Vogelsong
LHP - Barry Zito
Bullpen Keys:
RHP - Brian Wilson (CL)
LHP - Jeremy Affeldt
RHP - Guillermo Mota

Front Office Lead: Brian Sabean
Manager: Bruce Bochy

Key Signings/Acquisitions: OF Melky Cabrera, OF Angel Pagan, INF Ryan Theriot, RHP Clay Hensley

Key Departures: RF Carlos Beltran, CF Andres Torres, RHP Ramon Ramirez, OF Cody Ross, OF Pat Burrell

Notes from Camp: The biggest issue still clouding the Giants' camp is whether the team can lock up Matt Cain before Opening Day. For his part, Cain continues to make a strong case for a long-term deal with starts like his Mar. 24 outing against the Reds where he pitched five shutout innings and allowing just four hits. (Updated: March 26)

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