pitches like it did at the end of last season.
KANSAS CITY ROYALS
2012 season: 72-90 (3rd, AL Central)
New faces: RHP James Shields, RHP Wade Davis, RHP Ervin Santana, INF Miguel Tejada
2013 outlook: At some point, the Royals had to make a serious run for the playoffs. They haven't been there since winning it all in 1985, but they are going for it this year. They added Shields and Davis to solidify their rotation and reignite the fan base.
Will win the AL Central if ... the rebuilt rotation consistently delivers six quality innings, and the team's young position players -- that means you, Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas and Lorenzo Cain -- take the next step in their development.
CHICAGO WHITE SOX
2012 season: 85-77 (2nd, AL Central)
New faces: INF Jeff Keppinger, RHP Matt Lindstrom
2013 outlook: Jake Peavy and Chris Sale form a strong 1-2 punch at the front of the rotation, but the lineup suffered big blows with the departures of A.J. Pierzynski and Kevin Youkilis. They have the makings of a middle-of-the-road team.
Will win the AL Central if ... the holes in the lineup get filled.
2012 season: 68-94 (4th, AL Central)
New faces: OF Nick Swisher, RHP Trevor Bauer, OF Drew Stubbs, 3B Mark Reynolds, RHP Brett Myers, INF Mike Aviles
2013 outlook: The Indians traded away outfielder Shin-Soo Choo in exchange for what they hope will be a front-line starter (Bauer) and impact outfielder (Stubbs). The Indians will certainly be more competitive this season, but it's hard to see them pushing Detroit, KC and Chicago down the stretch.
Will win the AL Central if ... the pitching shaves a run off its team ERA. The Indians were last in the AL with a 4.78 ERA in 2012.
2012 season: 66-96 (5th, AL Central)
New faces: RHP Kevin Correia, RHP Mike Pelfrey, RHP Josh Roenicke, RHP Vance Worley
2013 outlook: In Ron Gardenhire's first nine seasons, he had one losing season with the Twins. But the past two have been the worst of his era with 99- and 96-loss seasons. Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau are power bats in the lineup, but the rotation and bullpen are shaky.
Will win the AL Central if ... uhm ... nope. It's not Houston Astros bad in Minneapolis, but the Twins are not good enough to compete in an improving division.
NATIONAL LEAGUE EAST
2012 season: 98-64 (first, NL East; lost in NLDS)
New faces: RHP Dan Haren, RHP Rafael Soriano, OF Denard Span
2013 outlook: Nobody won more regular-season games than the Nationals last season, but they were without ace Stephen Strasburg in the playoffs. That shouldn't be the case this year, and Strasburg and Gio Gonzalez are a formidable 1-2 punch. Their bullpen got better, too, with the addition of Soriano.
Will win the NL East if ... the rotation, which was remarkably healthy last season, takes the mound game-in, game-out in 2013.
2012 season: 94-68 (second, NL East; lost in wild-card round)
New faces: OF B.J. Upton, above, OF Justin Upton, RHP Jordan Walden, 3B Chris Johnson
2013 outlook: They have the Upton brothers and Jason Heyward roaming the
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