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Going campin’: With the lineup and rotation pretty much set, the main competition during spring training will be for a few spots in the bullpen. The Padres hope their rotation can carry them to better results than the last three seasons, when they lost 91, 86 and 86 games. The rotation is expected to be Andrew Cashner, Ian Kennedy, Tyson Ross, Johnson and Eric Stults. The Padres are also keeping their fingers crossed that they can come out of spring training healthy and get off to a fast start rather than the slow starts that doomed them the last few years. LF Carlos Quentin had surgery on his right knee late last season, the third operation on that knee in 18 months, and said his legs feel good going into camp, an improvement over how he felt a year ago. C Yasmani Grandal continues to rehab from reconstructive knee surgery after being hurt in a collision at the plate in July. San Diego already had a setback when it was announced that LHP Cory Luebke needs a second reconstructive elbow surgery and will miss the 2014 season. He missed all of last season while rehabbing after having his first surgery in May 2012.

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San Francisco Giants

Manager: Bruce Bochy (eighth season).

2013: 76-86, tied for third place.

Training Town: Scottsdale, Ariz.

Park: Scottsdale Stadium.

First Workout: Feb. 15/19.

He’s Here: RHP Tim Hudson, OF Michael Morse, RHP Kameron Loe, RHP David Huff, LHP Dontrelle Willis.

He’s Outta Here: LHP Barry Zito, OF Andres Torres, RHP Chad Gaudin, LHP Jose Mijares, OF Brett Pill, RHP Guillermo Moscoso, RHP Sandy Rosario.

Going campin’: The Giants narrowly avoided becoming the second team to go from a World Series title to last place, beating out Colorado by two games last season. The pitching staff that anchored the club during its run of two championships in three seasons faltered last year, finishing 13th in the NL with a 4.00 ERA. Madison Bumgarner was the only consistent starter as Matt Cain, Tim Lincecum and Ryan Vogelsong all struggled at times. The Giants re-signed Lincecum and Vogelsong after their down years, hoping they can rebound. Hudson, coming off a broken right ankle that cut his 2013 season short with Atlanta, should also help fortify the rotation. Morse provides a needed power bat in left field with 13 home runs in 312 at-bats last season, compared to a major league-low five homers by San Francisco’s left fielders in 2013. A big season from slimmed-down 3B Pablo Sandoval could also boost the offense.

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Colorado Rockies

Manager: Walt Weiss (second season).

2013: 74-88, fifth place.

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