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American League capsules

- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 3, 2012

AL EAST

New York Yankees

2011: 97-65, 1st place (lost to Detroit in division series).

Manager: Joe Girardi (4th season).

He's Here: LHP Andy Pettitte, RHP Michael Pineda, RHP Hiroki Kuroda, DH Raul Ibanez.

He's Outta There: C Jorge Posada, RHP A.J. Burnett, RHP Bartolo Colon, RHP Hector Noesi, RHP Luis Ayala, RHP Aaron Laffey, C Jesus Montero.

Projected Lineup: SS Derek Jeter (.297, 6 HRs, 61 RBIs, 16 SB, .355 OBP, 84 runs), CF Curtis Granderson (.262, 41, AL-best 119 RBIs, 25 SB, AL-best 136 runs), 2B Robinson Cano (.302, 28, 118, 104 runs), 3B Alex Rodriguez (.276, 16, 62 in 99 games), 1B Mark Teixeira (.248, 39, 111), DH Raul Ibanez (.245, 20, 84, .419 slugging percentage for Philadelphia) or Andruw Jones (.247, 13, 33), C Russell Martin (.237, 18, 65), RF Nick Swisher (.260, 23, 85), LF Brett Gardner (.259, 7, 36, AL high-tying 49 SB).

Rotation: LH CC Sabathia (19-8, 3.00 ERA, 237 1-3 IP, 230 Ks), RH Michael Pineda (9-10, 3.74, 171, 173 Ks for Seattle), RH Hiroki Kuroda (13-16, 3.07, 202, 161 Ks for Los Angeles Dodgers), Freddy Garcia (12-8, 3.62 ERA), RH Phil Hughes (5-5, 5.79), RH Ivan Nova (16-4, 3.70), LH Andy Pettitte (14-8, 4.16, 194 2-3 IP in 2010).

Key Relievers: RH Mariano Rivera (1-2, 1.91 ERA, 44 saves in 49 chance, 60Ks in 61 1-3 IP), RH David Robertson (4-0, 1 save, 1.08, 100 Ks in 66 2-3 IP), Rafael Soriano (2-3, 4.12), LH Boone Logan (5-3, 3.46, 41 2-3 IP), RH Joba Chamberlain (2-0, 2.83 in 27 games before elbow surgery).

Tampa Bay Rays

2011: 91-71, 2nd place, AL wild card (lost to Texas in division series).

Manager: Joe Maddon (7th season).

He's Here: 1B Carlos Pena, OF Luke Scott, RHP Burke Badenhop, RHP Fernando Rodney, C Jose Molina, INF Jeff Keppinger.

He's Outta There: DH/OF Johnny Damon, C Kelly Shoppach, C John Jaso, 1B Casey Kotchman, 1B Dan Johnson, OF Justin Ruggiano, RHP Juan Cruz, RHP Andy Sonnanstine.

Projected Lineup: LF Desmond Jennings (.259, 10, 25, 20 SB in 63 games), CF B.J. Upton (.243, 23, 81, 36 SB), 2B Ben Zobrist (.269, 20, 91), 3B Evan Longoria (.244, 31, 99), 1B Carlos Pena (.225, 28, 80 with Chicago Cubs), DH Luke Scott (.220, 9, 22 in 64 games with Baltimore), RF Matt Joyce (.277, 19, 75), C Jose Molina (.281, 3, 15 in 55 games with Toronto), SS Sean Rodriguez (.223, 8, 36 in 131 games).

Rotation: RH James Shields (16-12, 2.82 ERA, 225 Ks in 249 1-3 innings), LH David Price (12-13, 3.49, 218 Ks in 224 1-3 IP), RH Jeremy Hellickson (13-10, 2.95 in 29 starts), Jeff Niemann (12-8, 4.39), LH Matt Moore (1-0, 2.89 in 3 appearances/1 start).

Key Relievers: RH Kyle Farnsworth (5-1, 2.18, 25/31 in 63 games), RH Joel Peralta (3-4, 2.93 in 71 games), LH J.P. Howell (2-3, 6.16), RH Burke Badenhop (2-3, 4.10 with Marlins), RH Fernando Rodney (3-5, 4.50, 3 saves with Los Angeles Angels), LH Jake McGee (5-2, 4.50), LH Cesar Ramos (0-1, 3.92), RH Wade Davis (11-10, 4.45 in 29 starts).

Boston Red Sox

2011: 90-72, 3rd place.

Manager: Bobby Valentine (1st season).

He's Here: OF Ryan Sweeney, OF Cody Ross, RHP Andrew Bailey, RHP Mark Melancon, C Kelly Shoppach, INF Nick Punto.

He's Outta There: RHP Tim Wakefield, C Jason Varitek, RHP Jonathan Papelbon, SS Marco Scutaro, RF J.D. Drew, OF Josh Reddick, RHP Dan Wheeler, LHP Erik Bedard.

Projected Lineup: CF Jacoby Ellsbury (.321, 32, 105, 119 runs, 39 SB), 2B Dustin Pedroia (.307, 21, 91, 102 runs, 26 SB), 1B Adrian Gonzalez (.338, 27, 117), 3B Kevin Youkilis (.258, 17, 80), DH David Ortiz (.309, 29, 96), C Jarrod Saltalamacchia (.235, 16, 56), LF Cody Ross (.240, 14, 52 with San Francisco), RF Ryan Sweeney (.265, 1, 25 with Oakland), SS Mike Aviles (.255, 7, 39 in 91 games).

Rotation: LH Jon Lester (15-9, 3.47), RH Josh Beckett (13-7, 2.89), RH Clay Buchholz (6-3, 3.48 in 14 games), RH Daniel Bard (2-9, 3.33 in 70 relief appearances), LH Felix Doubront (0-0, 6.10 in 11 relief appearances).

Key Relievers: RH Andrew Bailey (0-4, 3.24, 24/26 with Oakland), RH Mark Melancon (8-4, 2.78, 20/25 with Houston), RH Alfredo Aceves (10-2, 2.61 in 55 games, 51 in relief), LH Franklin Morales (1-2, 3.69).

Toronto Blue Jays

2011: 81-81, 4th place.

Manager: John Farrell (2nd season).

He's Here: RH Francisco Cordero, OF Ben Francisco, LH Aaron Laffey, C Jeff Mathis, LH Darren Oliver, RH Sergio Santos, INF Luis Valbuena, INF Omar Vizquel.

He's Outta There: RH Shawn Camp, RH Frank Francisco, OF Adam Loewen, C Jose Molina, RH Jon Rauch, INF Mark Teahen, OF Dewayne Wise.

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).

He's Here: RHP Derek Lowe, 1B Casey Kotchman, INF Jose Lopez, RHP Kevin Slowey, RHP Dan Wheeler, OF Russ Canzler, OF Aaron Cunningham.

He's Outta There: OF Austin Kearns, RHP Jensen Lewis, RHP Mitch Talbot, INF Luis Valbuena, RHP Alex White.

Projected Lineup: CF Michael Brantley (.266, 7, 46, .318 on-base percentage), SS Asdrubal Cabrera (.273, 25, 92, 17 SB), RF Shin-Soo Choo (.259, 8, 36 in 85 games), C Carlos Santana (.239, 27, 79, 133 Ks), DH Travis Hafner (.280, 13, 57), 1B Casey Kotchman (.306, 10, 48 for Tampa Bay) 2B Jason Kipnis (.272, 7, 19 in 36 games), LF Shelley Duncan (.260, 11, 47) 3B Jack Hannahan (.250, 8, 40, 5 errors in 296 chances).

Rotation: RH Ubaldo Jimenez (4-4, 5.10 ERA in 11 starts after trade from Colorado), RH Justin Masterson (12-10, 3.21, 216 innings), Josh Tomlin (12-7, 4.25), Derek Lowe (9-17, 5.05 for Atlanta), Jeanmar Gomez (5-3, 4.47).

Key Relievers: RH Chris Perez (4-7, 3.32, 36/40), RH Joe Smith (3-3, 2.01, 71 games), RH Vinnie Pestano (1-2, 2.32 ERA 1.13 in last 25 games), LH Rafael Perez (5-2, 3.00), RH Dan Wheeler (2-2, 4.38 with Boston).

Chicago White Sox

2011: 79-83, 3rd place.

Manager: Robin Ventura (1st season).

He's Here: Manager Robin Ventura, INF Osvaldo Martinez, RHP Jhan Marinez, RHP Nestor Molina, RHP Simon Castro, LHP Pedro Hernandez.

He's Outta There: LHP Mark Buehrle, OF Carlos Quentin, OF Juan Pierre, RHP Sergio Santos, RHP Jason Frasor.

Projected Lineup: CF Alejandro De Aza (.329, 4, 23, 12 SB in 54 games), C A.J. Pierzynski (.287, 8, 48), RF Alex Rios (.227, 13, 44), 1B Paul Konerko (.300, 31, 105), DH Adam Dunn (.159, 11, 42, 177 Ks), SS Alexei Ramirez (.269, 15, 70), LF Dayan Viciedo (.255, 1, 6 in 29 games), 3B Brent Morel (.245, 10, 41), 2B Gordon Beckham (.230, 10, 44).

Rotation: LH John Danks (8-12, 4.33), RH Jake Peavy (7-7, 4.92 in 18 starts), RH Gavin Floyd (12-13, 4.37), LH Chris Sale (2-2, 2.79 in 58 relief appearances), RH Phil Humber (9-9, 3.75).

Key Relievers: LH Matt Thornton (2-5, 3.32, 3), RH Jesse Crain (8-3, 2.62, .215 batting average against), LH Will Ohman (1-3, 4.22), RHP Zach Stewart (2-5, 6.22 in 10 games), RH Addison Reed (0-0, 3.68 in six games).

Kansas City Royals

2011: 71-91, 4th place.

Manager: Ned Yost (3rd season).

He's Here: RHP Jonathan Broxton, LHP Jonathan Sanchez, C Humberto Quintero, OF Jason Bourgeois, LHP Jose Mijares, INF Yuniesky Betancourt.

He's Outta There: CF Melky Cabrera, LH Jeff Francis.

Projected Lineup: LF Alex Gordon (.303, 23, 87, 17 SB), 2B Johnny Giavotella (.247, 2, 21 in 46 games), 1B Eric Hosmer (.293, 19, 78), DH Billy Butler (.291, 19, 95), 3B Mike Moustakas (.263, 5, 30 in 89 games), RF Jeff Francoeur (.285, 20, 87, 20 SB), C Salvador Perez (.331, 3, 21 in 39 games), CF Lorenzo Cain (.273, 0, 1 in 6 games), SS Alcides Escobar (.254, 4, 46).

Rotation: RH Luke Hochevar (11-11, 4.68), LH Jonathan Sanchez (4-7, 4.62 with San Francisco), LH Bruce Chen (12-8, 3.77), RH Felipe Paulino (4-6, 4.11 after 0-4, 7.36 with Colorado), LH Danny Duffy (4-8, 5.64)

Key Relievers: RH Joakim Soria (5-5, 4.03, 28/35), RH Aaron Crow (4-4, 2.76), RH Jonathan Broxton (1-2, 5.68 with Los Angeles Dodgers), RH Greg Holland (5-1, 1.80), RH Louis Coleman (1-4, 2.87), LH Tim Collins (4-4, 3.63), LH Jose Mijares (0-2, 4.59 with Minnesota), LH Everett Teaford (2-1, 3.27), RH Luis Mendoza (2-0, 1.23).

Minnesota Twins

2011: 63-99, 5th place.

Manager: Ron Gardenhire (11th season).

He's Here: SS Jamey Carroll, OF Josh Willingham, RHP Jason Marquis, C-DH Ryan Doumit.

He's Outta There: OF Michael Cuddyer, RHP Joe Nathan, OF Jason Kubel, RHP Kevin Slowey.

Projected lineup: CF Denard Span (.264, 2, 16 in 284 ABs), SS Jamey Carroll (.290, 0, 17 with Los Angeles Dodgers), C Joe Mauer (.287, 3, 30 in 296 ABs), 1B Justin Morneau (.227, 4, 30 in 264 ABs), RF Josh Willingham (.246, 29, 98 with Oakland), DH Ryan Doumit (.303, 8, 30 in 218 ABs with Pittsburgh) or Trevor Plouffe (.238, 8, 31 in 286 ABs), 3B Danny Valencia (.246, 15, 72), LF Ben Revere (.267, 0, 30, 34 SB), 2B Alexi Casilla (.260, 2, 21 in 323 ABs).

Rotation: RH Carl Pavano (9-13, 4.30), LH Francisco Liriano (9-10, 5.09), RH Scott Baker (8-6, 3.14), RH Nick Blackburn (7-10, 4.49), RH Jason Marquis (8-6, 4.43 with Washington and Arizona).

Key relievers: RH Matt Capps (4-7, 4.25, 15/24), LH Glen Perkins (4-4, 2.48), LH Brian Duensing (9-14, 5.23, 28 starts), RH Anthony Swarzak (4-7, 4.32).

AL WEST

Texas Rangers

2011: 96-66, AL champions (lost to St. Louis in World Series).

Manager: Ron Washington (6th season).

He's Here: RHP Yu Darvish, RHP Joe Nathan.

He's Outta There: LHP C.J. Wilson, INF Andres Blanco, LHP Darren Oliver.

Projected Lineup: 2B Ian Kinsler (.255, 32 HRs, 77 RBIs, 121 runs, 30 SB, .355 on-base percentage), SS Elvis Andrus (.279, 5, 60, 37 SB), CF Josh Hamilton (.298, 25, 94), 3B Adrian Beltre (.296, 32, 105), DH Michael Young (.338, 11, 106), RF Nelson Cruz (.263, 29, 87), C Mike Napoli (.320, 30, 75), LF David Murphy (.275, 11, 46), 1B Mitch Moreland (.259, 16, 51).

Rotation: RH Colby Lewis (14-10, 4.40 ERA), LH Derek Holland (16-5, 3.95), RH Yu Darvish (18-6, 1.44, 276 Ks/36 walks in 232 IP in Japan), RH Neftali Feliz (2-3, 2.74, 32/38 saves as closer), LH Matt Harrison (14-9, 3.39) or RH Scott Feldman (2-1, 3.94 in 11 games/2 starts in return from microfracture surgery on right knee).

Key Relievers: RH Joe Nathan (2-1, 4.84, 14 saves in 48 games with Minnesota), RH Mike Adams (2-3, 2.10 in 27 games after acquired from San Diego), RH Alexi Ogando (13-8, 3.51 in 31 games/29 starts), RH Mark Lowe (2-3, 3.80, 1), RH Yoshinori Tateyama (2-0, 4.50), LH Michael Kirkman (1-1, 6.59).

Los Angeles Angels

2011: 86-76, 2nd place.

Manager: Mike Scioscia (13th season).

He's Here: 1B Albert Pujols, LHP C.J. Wilson, C Chris Iannetta, RHP LaTroy Hawkins, INF Jorge Cantu, OF Ryan Langerhans, LHP Brad Mills.

He's Outta There: C Jeff Mathis, RHP Joel Pineiro, RHP Tyler Chatwood, INF Russell Branyan, OF Reggie Willits.

Projected Lineup: SS Erick Aybar (.279, 10, 59, 30 SB), DH Bobby Abreu (.253, 8, 60, .365 slugging), 1B Albert Pujols (.299, 37, 99 with St. Louis), RF Torii Hunter (.262, 23, 82), 2B Howie Kendrick (.285, 18, 63), 3B Alberto Callaspo (.288, 6, 46), LF Vernon Wells (.218, 25, 66), C Chris Iannetta (.238, 14, 55 with Colorado), CF Peter Bourjos (.271, 12, 43, 22 SB).

Rotation: RH Jered Weaver (18-8, 2.41, 198 Ks), RH Dan Haren (16-10, 3.17, 192 Ks), LH C.J. Wilson (16-7, 2.94, 206 Ks with Texas), RH Ervin Santana (11-12, 3.38, 1 no-hitter), RH Jerome Williams (4-0, 3.68, 6 starts).

Key Relievers: RH Jordan Walden (5-5, 2.98, 32 saves in 42 chances), RH LaTroy Hawkins (3-1, 2.42 ERA with Milwaukee), RH Hisanori Takahashi (4-3, 3.44), RH Scott Downs (6-3, 1.34), RH Jason Isringhausen (3-3, 4.05 with New York Mets).

Oakland Athletics

2011: 74-88, 3rd place.

Manager: Bob Melvin (2nd season).

He's Here: OF Manny Ramirez, OF Yoenis Cespedes, RHP Bartolo Colon, LF Seth Smith, RF Josh Reddick, OF Jonny Gomes, RHP Jarrod Parker, LHP Tom Milone, RHP Brad Peacock, OF Collin Cowgill, RHP Ryan Cook.

He's Outta There: RHP Trevor Cahill, LHP Gio Gonzalez, RHP Andrew Bailey, OF Ryan Sweeney, LHP Craig Breslow, RHP Guillermo Moscoso, LHP Josh Outman, C Landon Powell.

Projected Lineup: 2B Jemile Weeks (.303, 2, 36, 22 SB), SS Cliff Pennington (.264, 8, 58), LF Coco Crisp (.264, 8, 54, 49 SB), CF Yoenis Cespedes (.458, 2, 5 in 6 games in 2009 World Baseball Classic for Cuba), DH Seth Smith (.284, 15, 59, 32 2Bs for Colorado), C Kurt Suzuki (.237, 14, 44), RF Josh Reddick (.280, 7, 28 for Boston), 1B Brandon Allen (.205, 3, 11), 3B Josh Donaldson (.261, 17. 70 in Triple-A).

Rotation: RH Brandon McCarthy (9-9, 3.32, 4.92 K/BB), RH Bartolo Colon (8-10, 4.00), LH Tom Milone (1-0, 3.81 in 5 starts with Washington; 12-6, 3.22, 9.69 K/BB in Triple-A), RH Tyson Ross (3-3, 2.75), RH Graham Godfrey (1-2, 3.95 in 5 games; 14-3, 2.68 in minors) or RH Brad Peacock (2-0, 0.75 in 3 games with Washington; 15-3, 2.39 in minors).

Key Relievers: RH Grant Balfour (5-2, 2.47, 2/7), LH Brian Fuentes (2-8, 3.70, 12/15), RH Joey Devine (1-1, 3.52), RH Fautino De Los Santos (3-2, 4.32).

Seattle Mariners

2011: 67-95, 4th place.

Manager: Eric Wedge (2nd season).

He's Here: C/DH Jesus Montero, RHP Hisashi Iwakuma, RHP Kevin Millwood, RHP Hector Noesi, LHP George Sherrill, C John Jaso.

He's Outta There: RHP Michael Pineda, RHP David Aardsma, INF Adam Kennedy.

Projected Lineup: 3B Chone Figgins (.188, 1, 15 in 81 games), 2B Dustin Ackley (.273, 6, 36 in 90 games), RF Ichiro Suzuki (.272, 5, 47, 40 SB), 1B Justin Smoak (.234, 15, 55), DH Jesus Montero (.328, 4, 12 in 18 regular season games with New York Yankees), LF Mike Carp (.276, 12, 46 in 79 games), C Miguel Olivo (.224, 19, 62), CF Michael Saunders (.149, 2, 8 in 58 games), SS Brendan Ryan (.248, 3, 39).

Rotation: RH Felix Hernandez (14-14, 3.47), LH Jason Vargas (10-13, 4.25, 3 shutouts), RH Blake Beavan (5-6, 4.27), LH Charlie Furbush (4-10, 5.48 - 3-7, 6.62 with Seattle), RH Hisashi Iwakuma (6-7, 2.42 in 17 starts with Rakuten in Japanese League).

Key Relievers: RH Brandon League (1-5, 2.79, 37/42), LH George Sherrill (3-1, 3.00 in 51 games for Atlanta), RH Shawn Kelley (0-0, 0.00 in 10 appearances coming back from arm surgery).

- Compiled by The Associated Press

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