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Opening Day countdown: 2011 previews

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With the MLB season on the horizon, take a look at the key issues surrounding each team with our exclusive Opening Day Countdown series.

Pick out your favorite team and click for analysis.
 

 

 

AL East | NL East | AL Central | NL Central | AL West | NL West
 

AL EAST PREVIEWS

 
It was another busy (and expensive) offseason for the AL East. What will all the new faces mean?
VIDEO: DIVISION PREVIEW | WHO WILL WIN?

Team Analysis
BLUE JAYS: Built for the future | 3 up and 3 down
ORIOLES: On the rise | 3 up and 3 down
RAYS: Extreme makeover | 3 up and 3 down
RED SOX: Bigger acquisition? | Expert observations | 3 up and 3 down
YANKEES: Weighty issues | Expert observations | 3 up and 3 down

 

 

 

NL EAST PREVIEWS

 
The Phillies boast baseball's best rotation, but they're not the only improved team in the division.
VIDEO: DIVISION PREVIEW | WHO WILL WIN?

Team Analysis
BRAVES: Rookie ready to shine | 3 up and 3 down
MARLINS: Rotation under the radar | 3 up and 3 down
METS: Dollars and sense | 3 up and 3 down
NATIONALS: Making a splash | 3 up and 3 down
PHILLIES: Four of a kind ... Aces | 3 up and 3 down

 

 

 

AL CENTRAL PREVIEWS

 
The Twins are the reigning AL Central champs, but do they have what it takes to defend?
VIDEO: DIVISION PREVIEW | WHO WILL WIN?

Team Analysis
INDIANS: Size matters | Expert observations | 3 up and 3 down
ROYALS: Seeing is believing | 3 up and 3 down
TIGERS: Triple play | 3 up and 3 down
TWINS: Morneau's impact | 3 up and 3 down
WHITE SOX: The land of Oz | 3 up and 3 down

 

 

 

 

 

 

AL WEST PREVIEWS

 
Texas is hoping Josh Hamilton can carry the squad to another World Series appearance.
VIDEO: DIVISION PREVIEW | WHO WILL WIN?

Team Analysis
ANGELS: Aiming to take title | Expert observations | 3 up and 3 down
A's: Deep, young pitching staff | Expert observations | 3 up and 3 down
MARINERS: A few good men | 3 up and 3 down
RANGERS: Young and restless | Expert observations | 3 up and 3 down

 

 

 

 

 

 

AWARDS PREDICTIONS AND MORE

 
MLB on FOX's Ken Rosenthal and Kevin Kennedy take a look at who could emerge as stars of the season.

Analysis
Team overviews: Expect the unexpected
Teams that could surprise: Don't count them out
Cy Young predictions: Not the Phillie you think
MVP predictions: One Giant leap for this player
Rookie of the Year predictions: Ready to impress
Tagged: Red Sox, Twins, Rangers, Phillies, Cardinals, Giants, Albert Pujols, Cliff Lee, Adrian Gonzalez, Joe Mauer, Josh Hamilton, Tim Lincecum

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