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2008 preview: NL West

ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS In general There is only one certainty in the NL West this year: The Giants will not win the division. And they probably will finish last. After that, this group is a tossup. Arizona, Colorado, Los Angeles and San Diego can each win this thing, and each could finish anywhere from second to

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2008 Preview: AL East

BOSTON RED SOX In general What’s not to like about the Red Sox? Really only one thing: Curt Schilling’s shoulder. Clearly, Boston was counting on Schilling as its likely third starter with the $8-million deal it signed him to in the offseason. Had they had any doubts about his healthy, they surely would’ve offered him

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2008 preview: AL Central

DETROIT TIGERS In general This is probably the most-improved team in baseball; certainly in the American League. Not only did the Tigers add an ace-quality pitcher — and a left-handed one at that (Dontrelle Willis, of course) — but they also got one of the game’s top young third basemen in the deal (Miguel Cabrera,

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Beltran suddenly becomes a leader

Oh, it’s on. Last year, Jimmy Rollins — an already vocal sparkplug in the Phillies’ clubhouse — came out and declared the Phillies the team to beat in the NL East, with little more than personal pride to back him up. He and his teammates felt they had the best team in the division on

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2008 preview: AL West

I’m not sure how much predicting, per se, I’m going to do with my previews this year. I didn’t even do any last year, so I think I’d grown tired of the standard prognostication that everyone does this time of year and over the next six weeks. I will still list the teams in each

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