Spring Training

February 19, 2005|By Orlando Sentinel, South Florida Sun-Sentinel

AL East


Training site: Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Stadium

Last year: 78-84, 3rd place

Manager: Lee Mazzilli (2nd season)

Key additions: IF Chris Gomez, LHP Steve Kline, RHP Steve Reed, OF Sammy Sosa

Key losses: OF Marty Cordova, LHP Omar Daal, LHP Buddy Groom, 2B Jerry Hairston, DH David Segui

Spring questions: Will Sosa rediscover his "hop" in a new situation? ... Can the Orioles count on Sidney Ponson to perform how a staff ace should perform? ... Can a full season of pitching coach Ray Miller help the O's improve on a 4.70 ERA that ranked seventh in the AL? ... How long before Peter Angelos sues Major League Baseball over the new competition down the road in D.C.? ... How are they supposed to avoid an eighth consecutive losing season?

Phenom watch: RHP John Maine, who projects as a No. 4 starter at best, could force his way into a weak rotation.

Boston Red Sox

Training site: City of Palms Park, Fort Myers, Fla.

Last year: 98-64, 2nd place, won World Series

Manager: Terry Francona (2nd season)

Key additions: RHP Matt Clement, RHP Matt Mantei, RHP Wade Miller, OF Jay Payton, SS Edgar Renteria, LHP David Wells

Key losses: RHP Terry Adams, SS Orlando Cabrera, OF Gabe Kapler, RHP Derek Lowe, RHP Pedro Martinez, 1B Doug Mientkiewicz, LHP Mike Myers, IF Pokey Reese, OF Dave Roberts

Spring questions: Is there life after Martinez after he won 117 games for them the past seven years? ... How much magic does Curt Schilling have left? ... Can the revamped rotation replace the productivity of its predecessors? ... Will Renteria display the knack for producing big hits that he did in St. Louis?

Phenom watch: SS Hanley Ramirez is more likely to become trade bait after the signing of Renteria.

New York Yankees

Training site: Legends Field, Tampa, Fla.

Last year: 101-61, 1st place, lost in ALCS

Manager: Joe Torre (10th season)

Key additions: LHP Randy Johnson, 1B Tino Martinez, RHP Carl Pavano, RHP Felix Rodriguez, IF Rey Sanchez, LHP Mike Stanton, 2B Tony Womack, RHP Jaret Wright, LHP Buddy Groom

Key losses: 2B Miguel Cairo, 1B Tony Clark, LHP Felix Heredia, RHP Orlando Hernandez, RHP Jon Lieber, RHP Esteban Loaiza, 1B John Olerud, RHP Javier Vazquez

Spring questions: Can Johnson handle the world's pushiest media? ... Does Alex Rodriguez become less deferential in his sophomore season in pinstripes and could this lead to that much-hyped friction with Derek Jeter? ... Can DH Jason Giambi put aside the BALCO nightmare long enough to earn some of the $82 million that remains on his contract? ... Can Pavano re-create the comfort level he enjoyed with the Marlins? ... Can the starting pitching hold up?

Phenom watch: 2B Robinson Cano has only Womack standing between him and the big leagues.

Tampa Bay Devil Rays

Training site: Progress Energy Park, St. Petersburg, Fla.

Last year: 70-91, 4th place

Manager: Lou Piniella (3rd season)

Key additions: OF Danny Bautista, C Kevin Cash, LHP Casey Fossum, 3B Alex S. Gonzalez, 1B Travis Lee, 1B-DH Josh Phelps

Key losses: IF Geoff Blum, OF Jose Cruz, LHP John Halama, 1B Tino Martinez, IF Rey Sanchez

Spring questions: Can they get by offensively for the first couple of months until CF Rocco Baldelli returns from an offseason knee injury? ... Will Bautista's bat transfer from the desert to the dome? ... Are youngsters such as Dewon Brazelton and Doug Waechter ready to step up and stabilize a shaky rotation? ... How will Gonzalez make the transition to third after being a shortstop his first 11 seasons?

Phenom watch: LHP Scott Kazmir, acquired from the Mets last July, could get a chance to stick in the rotation.

Toronto Blue Jays

Training site: Knology Park, Dunedin, Fla.

Last year: 67-94, 5th place

Manager: John Gibbons (2nd season)

Key additions: 1B Shea Hillenbrand, RHP Billy Koch, 3B Corey Koskie, LHP Scott Schoeneweis

Key losses: IF-OF Dave Berg, 1B Carlos Delgado, IF Chris Gomez, SS Chris Woodward

Spring questions: How do they fill the huge void left by Delgado's departure? ... Can new pitching coach Brad Arnsberg energize a staff that posted a 4.91 ERA last season? ... Can Koch recapture his glory days with his former team? ... How long before Koskie starts missing Minnesota? ... Should they use prospect Brandon League as a starter or reliever?

Phenom watch: SS Russ Adams is expected to take over as the starter and leadoff man.

AL Central

Chicago White Sox

Training site: Tucson (Ariz.) Electric Park

Last year: 83-79, 2nd place

Manager: Ozzie Guillen (2nd season)

Key additions: OF Jermaine Dye, RHP Dustin Hermanson, RHP Orlando Hernandez, 2B Tadahito Iguchi, C A.J. Pierzynski, OF Scott Podsednik, RHP Luis Vizcaino

Key losses: 2B Roberto Alomar, C Sandy Alomar, OF Carlos Lee, OF Magglio Ordonez, LHP Scott Schoeneweis, IF Jose Valentin

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