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Projected Lineup: SS Yunel Escobar (.290, 11, 48), 2B Kelly Johnson (.270, 3, 9 in 33 games following trade from Arizona), RF Jose Bautista (.302, 43, 103, ML-leading 132 BB), 1B Adam Lind (.251, 26, 87), DH Edwin Encarnacion (.272, 17, 55), 3B Brett Lawrie (.293, 9, 25 in 43 games), CF Colby Rasmus (.173, 3, 13 in 35 games following trade from St. Louis), C J.P. Arencibia (.219, 23, 78), LF Travis Snider (.225, 3, 30 in 49 games).

Rotation: LH Ricky Romero (15-11, 2.92), RH Brandon Morrow (11-11, 4.72), LH Brett Cecil (4-11, 4.73), LH Henderson Alvarez (1-3, 3.53 in 10 starts), RH Dustin McGowan (0-2, 6.43 in five games).

Key Relievers: RH Sergio Santos (4-5, 3.55, 30/36 opportunities with White Sox), RH Francisco Cordero (5-3, 2.45, 37/43 opportunities with Cincinnati), LH Darren Oliver (5-5, 2.29 ERA with Texas), RH Casey Janssen (6-0, 2.26).

AL CENTRAL

Detroit Tigers

2011: 95-67, 1st place (lost to Texas in ALCS).

Manager: Jim Leyland (7th season).

He’s Here: 1B Prince Fielder, RHP Collin Balester, RHP Octavio Dotel, C Gerald Laird.

He’s Outta There: 3B Wilson Betemit, 2B Carlos Guillen, OF Magglio Ordonez, RHP David Pauley, RHP Brad Penny, RHP Ryan Perry, 2B Will Rhymes, LHP Brad Thomas, RHP Joel Zumaya.

Projected Lineup: CF Austin Jackson (.249, 10 HRs, 45 RBIs, 22 SB), RF Brennan Boesch (.283, 16, 54), 3B Miguel Cabrera (.344, 30, 105), 1B Prince Fielder (.299, 38, 120 with Milwaukee), DH Delmon Young (.268, 12, 64 with Minnesota and Detroit), C Alex Avila (.295, 19, 82), SS Jhonny Peralta (.299, 21, 86), LF Andy Dirks (.251, 7, 28 in 78 games), 2B Ryan Raburn (.256, 14, 49).

Rotation: RH Justin Verlander (24-5, 2.40 ERA, 250 Ks, won AL pitching Triple Crown, MVP and Cy Young), RH Doug Fister (11-13, 2.83 8-1 after trade from Seattle), RH Max Scherzer (15-9, 4.43), RH Rick Porcello (14-9, 4.75).

Key Relievers: RH Jose Valverde (2-4, 2.24, 49 saves in 49 chances), RH Joaquin Benoit (4-3, 2.95), RH Octavio Dotel (5-4, 3.50 with Toronto and St. Louis), LH Phil Coke (3-9, 4.47), RH Al Alburquerque (6-1, 1.87).

Cleveland Indians

2011: 80-82, 2nd place.

Manager: Manny Acta (3rd season).

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