David Ortiz

Designated hitter David Ortiz, who happened to connect for a solo home run in this exhibition game at-bat, had a slow spring after helping carry the Red Sox to the World Series title last season. (Will Vragovic / McClatchy-Tribune / March 10, 2014)

Team outlooks are listed in predicted order of finish. Lineups and rotations are projections.

EAST DIVISION

1 l Tampa Bay

2013 l 92-71, second place Last year in playoffs l 2013

Tampa's young rotation — average age: 25 — may prove to be the AL's best. And it could get better when 26-year Jeremy Hellickson returns from the disabled list in June. But the lineup lacks power and Grant Balfour's health concerns may one day have the Rays searching for a closer.

Lineup

LF D. DeJesus

2B B. Zobrist

DH M. Joyce

3B E. Longoria

1B J. Loney

RF W. Myers

CF D. Jennings

C R. Hanigan

SS Y. Escobar

Rotation

LH D. Price

RH A. Cobb

LH M. Moore

RH C. Archer