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Posted: Thursday, February 24, 2011 2:08 pm | Updated: 4:20 pm, Thu Feb 24, 2011.

ANGELS

MANAGER: Mike Scioscia (12th season).

2010: 80-82, third place.

SPRING HOME: Tempe Diablo Stadium, Tempe

HE'S HERE: OF Vernon Wells, LHP Scott Downs.

HE'S OUTTA HERE: C Mike Napoli, LF Juan Rivera, DH Hideki Matsui.

GOING CAMPIN': The Angels missed the playoffs for just the third time in nine years after their first losing season since 2003, and they had a curiously quiet offseason until January. After missing out on every prominent free agent and sparking grumbles among their fans, the Angels swung a dramatic trade to land Vernon Wells, the Blue Jays' slugging outfielder. Almost nothing else changed for the Angels, yet Mike Scioscia believes his new team is among his most talented in 12 seasons. The rotation is undeniably stacked, with Jered Weaver and Dan Haren alongside Ervin Santana and Joel Pineiro. Los Angeles also will get a boost with the return of Kendry Morales after the first baseman broke his leg jumping on home plate to celebrate a game-ending grand slam in late May. The Angels must settle on a closer while defining their outfielders' roles in the spring, but Scioscia's optimism is spurring talk of a return to the postseason in Orange County.

2011 TICKET PRICES: Season Seats $4-22; Individual Games $6-29; Upper Pavilion (All-You-Can Eat Ticket Package) $40

TICKET INFORMATION: angelsbaseball.com; phone - Ticketmaster (800) 745-3000.

CURVEBALLS: After an Aug. 31, 1964, groundbreaking, Del E. Webb completed Angel Stadium in 1966.

ATHLETICS

MANAGER: Bob Geren (fifth season).

2010: 81-81, second place.

SPRING HOME: Phoenix Municipal Stadium, Phoenix.

HE'S HERE: OF David DeJesus, DH Hideki Matsui, OF Josh Willingham, LHP Brian Fuentes, RHP Rich Harden, RHP Grant Balfour.

HE'S OUTTA HERE: RHP Ben Sheets, OF Rajai Davis, OF Travis Buck.

GOING CAMPIN': GM Billy Beane spent his busy winter trying to boost a lineup that hit just 109 homers and scored 663 runs last season, the team's second fewest in the last 28 non-strike seasons. The A's hope the additions of Hideki Matsui, Josh Willingham and David DeJesus in the middle of the order will bring an upgrade and better back a talented pitching staff featuring proven starters Dallas Braden - remember that perfect game against Tampa Bay last May 9? - Brett Anderson, Trevor Cahill and Gio Gonzalez. The fifth starter job will be up for grabs during spring training, with Rich Harden back for a second stint with the club hoping to be in the mix for that spot. The A's led the AL in ERA (3.56) and shutouts (17) while holding opponents to a .245 batting average but hope to have more balance. The A's have depth in the outfield and in the bullpen with the additions of Brian Fuentes and Grant Balfour, something manager Bob Geren sees as a plus considering his club used the disabled list 23 times in 2010 - two shy of the franchise record set in 2008.

2011 TICKET PRICES: $12, $18, $22 and $25

TICKET INFORMATION: 877-493-2255

CURVEBALLS: On June 29, 1990, A's pitcher Dave Stewart no-hit his future team, the Toronto Blue Jays. Later that evening, Dodgers pitcher Fernando Valenzuela pitched his own no-hitter.

BREWERS

MANAGER: Ron Roenicke (first season).

2010: 77-85, third place.

SPRING HOME: Maryvale Baseball Park, Phoenix.

HE'S HERE: RHP Zack Greinke, RHP Shaun Marcum, SS Yuniesky Betancourt, RHP Takashi Saito, LF Brandon Boggs, C Wil Nieves, RHP Sean Green, 1B Mark Kotsay.

HE'S OUTTA HERE: Manager Ken Macha, RHP Todd Coffey, RF Joe Inglett, RHP Carlos Villanueva, SS Alcides Escobar, RHP Jeremy Jeffress, CF Lorenzo Cain, RHP Dave Bush, LHP Chris Capuano, LHP Doug Davis, RHP Trevor Hoffman, C Gregg Zaun.

GOING CAMPIN': The Brewers made two of the biggest offseason trades by acquiring Zack Greinke and Shaun Marcum, and hired Ron Roenicke after two years of pitiful performances under Ken Macha. The price was high - Milwaukee traded away its top pitching prospect, top hitting prospect as well as contributors Alcides Escobar, Lorenzo Cain and Jeremy Jeffress. It's a win-now approach with the Brewers, who will likely lose Prince Fielder to free agency after the season and may lose leadoff hitter Rickie Weeks, too. But the rotation of Greinke, Yovani Gallardo, Marcum, Randy Wolf and Chris Narveson is set and should keep Milwaukee in the thick of the NL Central through September.

2011 TICKET PRICES: $8, $13, $16, $22

TICKET INFORMATION: 800-933-7890

CURVEBALLS: Pete Vuckovich, who won the American League Cy Young Award in 1982 as a Brewer, appeared in the movie "Major League" as the Yankees' power hitting first baseman.

CUBS

MANAGER: Mike Quade (first full season).

2010: 75-87, fifth place.

SPRING HOME: Fitch Park; HoHoKam Park, Mesa.

HE'S HERE: RHP Matt Garza, 1B Carlos Pena, RHP Kerry Wood, RHP Braden Looper, INF Augie Odeja, RHP Todd Wellemeyer.

HE'S OUT OF HERE: OF/1B Xavier Nady, LHP Tom Gorzelanny, OF Sam Fuld.

GOING CAMPIN': The Cubs fizzled last season and fell out of contention. They traded Derrek Lee, Ted Lilly and Ryan Theriot, key players in their division-winning teams of 2007 and 2008. Manager Lou Piniella retired in August, replaced by third base coach and longtime minor league skipper Mike Quade, who got the job permanently after the season when he beat out a field of candidates that included Cubs Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg. Under Quade, the Cubs were 24-13 over the final six weeks. Chicago improved its rotation with the acquisition of No. 1 starter Matt Garza, a 15-game winner with Tampa Bay last season. Carlos Zambrano, who underwent counseling for his anger last season, finished the year 8-0 but must prove he can pitch that way throughout an entire season. Ryan Dempster is the other for-sure starter and the Cubs may be able to move young right-hander Andrew Cashner into the rotation after bringing back fan favorite Kerry Wood to be a setup man for the bargain price of $1.5 million. Pena batted only .196 for the Rays last season, but the Cubs are hoping he will provide left-handed power and put pop in a lineup that featured rookies Starlin Castro and Tyler Colvin last season. Chicago also has a top closer in Carlos Marmol, who had 38 saves last season. Catcher Geovany Soto, the 2008 NL Rookie of the Year, had a strong bounce back season after struggling in 2009. It appears that Kosuke Fukudome will be a fourth outfielder in the final year of his four-year, $48 million deal. This is a make-or-break season for right-hander Jeff Samardzija. The former Notre Dame football star receiver has shuttled between Triple-A and Chicago the last several years. He is entering his sixth pro season.

2011 TICKET PRICES: $8, $15, $17, $21, $26, $28

TICKET INFORMATION: 480-644-2171

CURVEBALLS: The Chicago Cubs were originally called the Chicago White Stockings, when they first were introduced to the public. They then were known as the Orphans, the Black Stockings, the Colts, the Rainmakers, the Cowboys, and then finally the Chicago Cubs in 1902.

DIAMONDBACKS

MANAGER: Kirk Gibson (first full season).

2010: 65-97, last place.

SPRING HOME: Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, Scottsdale.

HE'S HERE: RHP Armando Galarraga, LHP Zach Duke, RHP J.J. Putz, RHP David Hernandez, LF Xavier Nady, 1B Juan Miranda, 3B-1B Geoff Blum, 3B Cody Ransom, C Henry Blanco, RF Willie Bloomquist, 1B Russell Branyan, 3B Melvin Mora, RHP Kam Mickolio, LHP Joe Paterson.

HE'S OUTTA HERE: 3B Mark Reynolds, 1B Adam LaRoche, RHP Rodrigo Lopez, RHP Blaine Boyer.

GOING CAMPIN': New general manager Kevin Towers has overhauled the roster, dealing strikeout-plagued slugger Mark Reynolds and revamping what was one of the worst bullpens in baseball. Zach Duke, Armando Galarraga and Barry Enright will battle for the last two rotation spots behind Joe Saunders, Daniel Hudson and Ian Kennedy. Juan Miranda and Brandon Allen will compete to be the everyday first baseman. RHP Jarrod Parker, the team's top draft pick in 2007, is a non-roster invitee and will be brought along carefully after missing all of last season following reconstructive elbow surgery.

2011 TICKET PRICES: $8, $15, $19 party decks, $20, $21, $25

TICKET INFORMATION: 888-490-0383 and 480-362-WINS (9467)

CURVEBALLS: The Diamondbacks led the league in strikeouts with 1,529. The Florida Marlins were second with 154 fewer punch-outs.

DODGERS

MANAGER: Don Mattingly (first season).

2010: 80-82, fourth place.

SPRING HOME: Camelback Ranch, Glendale.

HE'S HERE: INF Juan Uribe, RHP Jon Garland, RHP Matt Guerrier, RHP Blake Hawksworth, C Dioner Navarro, OF Marcus Thames, OF Tony Gwynn Jr.

HE'S OUTTA HERE: C Russell Martin, LHP George Sherrill, INF Ryan Theriot, C Brad Ausmus.

GOING CAMPIN': The dispute about the team's ownership that overshadowed last season continues on. A judge in the dispute between Frank McCourt and his former wife, Jamie, finalized his decision that their marital property agreement is invalid in January, allowing her to seek half of the team. While there were fears the McCourts' contentious divorce might slow spending, the team has committed more than $80 million in offseason signings. Will RHP Jonathan Broxton reclaim his role as closer after losing it last season? Will C Rod Barajas be the everyday starter after former All-Star Russell Martin wasn't offered a contract?

2011 TICKET PRICES: Regular Games $8-42*; Premier Games $12-45 (* Additional $2 per ticket day of game)

TICKET INFORMATION: Camelbackranchbaseball.com or by calling Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000.

CURVEBALLS: Since the award was created, the Dodgers have had 16 Rookie of the Year winners.

GIANTS

MANAGER: Bruce Bochy (fifth season).

2010: 92-70, first place, World Series champions.

SPRING HOME: Scottsdale Stadium, Scottsdale.

HE'S HERE: SS Miguel Tejada.

HE'S OUTTA HERE: INF Juan Uribe, SS Edgar Renteria.

GOING CAMPIN': The Giants, minus a superstar, made an improbable run to capture their first World Series title since 1954 and first since moving West in 1958. Then they retained much of their roster heading into 2011 - a group manager Bruce Bochy has referred to as "castoffs and misfits": outfielders Cody Ross and Pat Burrell, first baseman Aubrey Huff and others. Miguel Tejada, who began his big league career across the bay with Oakland, steps in at shortstop to replace departed World Series MVP Edgar Renteria. Third baseman Pablo Sandoval was told to shape up this winter if he wants to make the team and keep his spot, and he spent the winter working out in Arizona. Lefty Barry Zito, left off the roster for all three postseason rounds, will look to bounce back from a 9-14 season. He begins the fifth year of his $126 million, seven-year contract. Can reigning Rookie of the Year catcher Buster Posey put together another strong showing in his second year? Infielder/outfielder Mark DeRosa hopes to be back in the mix after playing in just 26 games because of wrist problems that eventually required season-ending surgery.

2011 TICKET PRICES: $7-$24 (Basic) $13-$28 (Feature) $15-$30 (Premium)* (*Ticket prices increase by $1 on game days.)

TICKET INFORMATION: 877-473-4849

CURVEBALLS: Before winning the 2010 World Series, the Giants had the third-longest drought between championships in the major leagues at 56 years.

INDIANS

MANAGER: Manny Acta (second season).

2010: 69-93, fourth place.

SPRING HOME: Goodyear Ballpark, Goodyear.

HE'S HERE: INF Orlando Cabrera, OF Travis Buck, INF Adam Everett, 3B Jack Hannahan, OF Austin Kearns, RHP Joe Martinez, RHP Doug Mathis, C Paul Phillips.

HE'S OUTTA HERE: INF Andy Marte, C Chris Gimenez.

GOING CAMPIN': It was a quieter-than-usual winter for the Indians, who followed up a lackluster 2010 season by sitting on their roster. Acta did his best to accentuate the positives to a fan base tired of seeing the Indians develop young players and then have to trade them before losing them as free agents. Hustling center fielder Grady Sizemore's health will be one of the spring's hottest topics as he recovers from knee surgery. Sizemore is on track to be ready for opening day, as is catcher Carlos Santana, a rising star who sustained a season-ending knee injury in August. Cleveland's rotation lacks depth, but the bullpen could be a big plus as long as closer Chris Perez doesn't regress after a solid ‘10 season. Newly signed Orlando Cabrera should help settle the infield - there were big questions at second and third base, where the team could turn to second baseman Jason Kipnis and third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall if they show they're ready. Ooutfielder Shin-Soo Choo's contract situation bears watching as general manager Chris Antonetti would like to sign the versatile Choo to a long-term deal and intends to continue talks with super agent Scott Boras during camp.

2011 TICKET PRICES: $8, $12, $18, $23, $27, $30*, $35* (*All inclusive food package seat location.)

TICKET INFORMATION: 800-745-3000; for ticket information, 623-882-3130.

CURVEBALLS: In 1958, Vic Power of the Cleveland Indians stole only three bases. However, two of them were steals of home that won a game.

MARINERS

MANAGER: Eric Wedge (first season).

2010: 61-101, fourth place.

SPRING HOMEPARK: Peoria Sports Complex, Peoria.

HE'S HERE: C Miguel Olivo, DH Jack Cust, IF Brendan Ryan, LHP Nate Robertson, IF Adam Kennedy.

HE'S OUTTA HERE: LHP Ryan Rowland-Smith, 3B Jose Lopez, DH Mike Sweeney, DH Ken Griffey Jr., 1B Casey Kotchman, C Rob Johnson, 1B/DH Russell Branyan.

GOING CAMPIN': Coming off their second 101-loss season in three years, the Mariners brought in Eric Wedge to try and correct the problems. GM Jack Zduriencik was limited in what he could do this offseason with big contracts still on the books and the front office trying to keep payroll around $95 million. Seattle does bring back Cy Young winner Felix Hernandez, always a good place to start, but is relying on oft-injured lefty Erik Bedard to win a rotation job out of spring training. The fifth spot in Seattle's rotation will be of major interest as the Mariners are hoping promising 22-year-old Michael Pineda can win the job. Offensively, the Mariners hope Jack Cust can provide a little pop and patience at the plate and that Miguel Olivo is far different from the bust he was in his first stint with the club seven years ago. Milton Bradley remains a major question mark, without a secured lineup spot aside from his legal troubles, but the rest of Seattle's outfield is set with Franklin Gutierrez and Ichiro Suzuki. Chone Figgins is moving back to third base with the second base competition between Brendan Ryan and young star Dustin Ackley.

2011 TICKET PRICES: $6, $12, $17, $19, $21, $23

TICKET INFORMATION: 800-677-1227

CURVEBALLS: The 2001 Mariners "technically" tied with the 1908 Cubs for the major league record of wins in a season, 116, one of the Cubs wins was actually a forfeit. For their amazing accomplishment the 2001 Seattle Mariners became the first team to win the Commissioner's Historic Achievement Award.

PADRES

MANAGER: Bud Black (fifth season).

2010: 90-72, second place.

SPRING HOME: Peoria Sports Complex, Peoria.

HE'S HERE: 2B Orlando Hudson, SS Jason Bartlett, 1B Brad Hawpe, CF Cameron Maybin, RHP Aaron Harang, RHP Chad Qualls, C Gregg Zaun, RHP Dustin Moseley, C Rob Johnson, INF Jorge Cantu, OF Eric Patterson, RHP George Kontos.

HE'S OUTTA HERE: 1B Adrian Gonzalez, SS Miguel Tejada, 2B David Eckstein, RHP Jon Garland, RHP Chris Young, C Yorvit Torrealba, INF Jerry Hairston Jr., OF Scott Hairston, RHP Adam Russell, LHP Cesar Ramos, RHP Kevin Correia, RHP Edward Mujica, RHP Ryan Webb.

GOING CAMPIN': The Padres have retooled considerably since winning 90 games and still falling one victory short of making the playoffs. The biggest move was trading All-Star slugger Adrian Gonzalez to the Boston Red Sox for three top prospects plus outfielder Eric Patterson. The Padres said they wouldn't be able to afford to keep Gonzalez once he hit the free agent market after this season. General manager Jed Hoyer also rejiggered up the middle by acquiring Jason Bartlett in a trade with Tampa Bay, signing Orlando Hudson as a free agent and acquiring Cameron Maybin in a trade with Florida. The big spring training battles will be for the Nos. 4 and 5 spots in the rotation behind ace Mat Latos, Clayton Richard and Aaron Harang. Among those competing for the jobs will be Dustin Moseley, and returning pitchers Wade LeBlanc and Cory Luebke.

2011 TICKET PRICES: $6, $12, $17, $19, $21, $23

TICKET INFORMATION: 800-677-1227

CURVEBALLS: Padres pitchers have never thrown a no-hitter in the organizations' 41 years in the majors.

RANGERS

MANAGER: Ron Washington (fifth season).

2010: 90-72, first place, AL champions.

SPRING HOME: Surprise Stadium, Surprise

HE'S HERE: 3B Adrian Beltre, RHP Brandon Webb, C Yorvit Torrealba, LHP Arthur Rhodes, C-1B Mike Napoli.

HE'S OUTTA HERE: LHP Cliff Lee, DH Vladimir Guerrero, RHP Frank Francisco, C Bengie Molina, INF Jorge Cantu, OF Jeff Francoeur, RHP Rich Harden.

GOING CAMPIN': Coming off their first World Series, the Rangers weren't able to convince Cliff Lee to stay despite a $138 million, six-year offer. They later signed Adrian Beltre, a two-time Gold Glove winner supplanting longest-tenured Rangers player Michael Young at third base. Young, the team's career hits leader now expected to be the primary DH and backup at all four infield spots, has since asked to be traded. The Rangers are willing, but might not be able to because of his big contract ($46 million over three seasons) and a no-trade clause that allows him to be dealt to only eight teams. With Lee gone, former reliever C.J. Wilson likely becomes the No. 1 starter after 15 wins in first full season in the rotation. Webb hasn't pitched in the majors since the 2009 opener. Hard-throwing closer Neftali Feliz, the AL rookie of the year, could get a chance in the rotation this spring. If he becomes a starter, who closes? Frank Francisco was traded to Toronto for Mike Napoli.

2011 TICKET PRICES: $7, $13, $17, $20, $23

TICKET INFORMATION: Ticketmaster 800-745-3000

CURVEBALLS: Ted Williams was the Rangers' first manager and finished with a record of 54-100, for a last-place finish in the American League Western Division, 38.5 games behind first place. This would be Williams' last of his four seasons of managing baseball.

REDS

MANAGER: Dusty Baker (fourth season).

2010: 91-71, first place, lost in divisional round.

SPRING HOME: Goodyear Ballpark, Goodyear.

HE'S HERE: SS Edgar Renteria, OF Fred Lewis, LHP Dontrelle Willis.

HE'S OUTTA HERE: RHP Aaron Harang, SS Orlando Cabrera, LHP Arthur Rhodes, OF Laynce Nix, OF Willie Bloomquist.

GOING CAMPIN': The Reds ended their streak of nine straight losing seasons and reached the playoffs for the first time in 15 years before getting swept by the Phillies. The Reds decided to keep the roster virtually intact, and spent more than $150 million in contract extensions for Bronson Arroyo, Johnny Cueto, Jay Bruce and Joey Votto. The question is whether a roster that exceeded expectations last year can win another division title without significant upgrade. Fred Lewis could play a lot in left field and compete for the leadoff spot - the Reds don't have a proven top-of-the-lineup hitter. Edgar Renteria is expected to back up Paul Janish at shortstop. The main question in camp is how they'll fill out their rotation. Arroyo, Cueto and Edinson Volquez started the three playoff games. The other two spots will be filled from a group including RHPs Mike Leake (an ASU product) and Homer Bailey and left-handers Travis Wood and Dontrelle Willis. Left-hander Aroldis Chapman will open the season in the bullpen, where he showed off his 100-mph-plus fastball after his late-season promotion last year.

2011 TICKET PRICES: $8, $12, $18, $23, $27, $30*, $35* (*All inclusive food package seat location.)

TICKET INFORMATION: 800-745-3000; for ticket information, 623-882-3130.

CURVEBALLS: It was a 19th century no-brainer the Red Stockings would be a charter member of the National League in 1876. However, Cincinnati's start in the league was rocky. The Red Stockings finished 9-54. After four seasons Cincinnati was kicked out of the National League for playing games on Sunday and for selling beer during games. Both were National League no-no's at the time.

ROCKIES

MANAGER: Jim Tracy (third season).

2010: 83-79, third place.

SPRING HOME: Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, Scottsdale.

HE'S HERE: RHP Matt Lindstrom, IF Ty Wigginton, 2B Jose Lopez, RHP Felipe Paulino, RHP John Maine.

HE'S OUTTA HERE: C Miguel Olivo, 2B Clint Barmes, RHP Manny Corpas, 3B Melvin Mora, LHP Joe Beimel, LHP Jeff Francis, OF Jay Payton.

GOING CAMPIN': After fading down the stretch last season, the Rockies committed $273 million in contracts this winter, signing sluggers Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez to long-term deals and re-signing LHP Jorge De La Rosa, who teams with ace Ubaldo Jimenez and up-and-coming star Jhoulys Chacin to give the Rockies one of the most promising young rotations in baseball. The bullpen is stellar. What the Rockies need is more offense outside Tulo and CarGo, who put together MVP-worthy performances last season. A more consistent offense would go a long way toward addressing last year's perplexing splits: The Rockies were 52-29 at Coors Field but just 31-50 on the road. Catcher Chris Iannetta gets his first real shot at winning the starting job and his offense must improve along with plenty of other players, but his handling of the pitchers will be a big key, too. After struggling all of last year, first baseman Todd Helton said recently he plans to play out the final three years on his contract, but he'll be splitting time with Ty Wigginton and Jason Giambi to keep him fresh.

2011 TICKET PRICES: $8, $15, $19*, $20, $21, $25

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TICKET INFORMATION: 800-388-ROCK (7625)

CURVEBALLS: The Colorado Rockies set a team record for attendance on an Opening Day game April 9, 1993, when 80,227 fans came to see the first game ever at Mile High Stadium.

ROYALS

MANAGER: Ned Yost (first full season).

2010: 67-95, last place.

SPRING HOME: Surprise Stadium, Surprise.

HE'S HERE: OF Jeff Francoeur, OF Lorenzo Cain, LHP Jeff Francis, OF Melky Cabrera, SS Alcides Escobar, RHP Jeremy Jeffress, RHP Vin Mazzaro.

HE'S OUTTA HERE: RHP Zack Greinke, RHP Gil Meche, OF David DeJesus, LHP Dusty Hughes, SS Yuniesky Betancourt, RHP Brian Bannister, INF Josh Fields.

GOING CAMPIN': Against the backdrop of a 26-year playoff drought, the Royals have good news, they think. They hope. The authoritative Baseball America has ranked their minor league system No. 1 in the majors. This gives credibility to the organization's belief that a swarm of promising young players is slowly working their way through the pipeline. Heralded prospects such as third baseman Mike Moustakas and first baseman Eric Hosmer will be in camp and get more fan and media attention than any veteran. But this season shapes up as yet another year of transition. Spring job No. 1 will be rebuilding a rotation drained of Zack Greinke (traded) and Gil Meche (retired). A good bet to start on opening day is Luke Hochevar, former overall No. 1 draft pick who's never been better than mediocre. Former Yankee Melky Cabrera is likely to take over in center field.

2011 TICKET PRICES: $7, $13, $17, $20, $23

TICKET INFORMATION: 800-745-3000 (Ticketmaster)

CURVEBALLS: After the 2004 season, Royals closer Joakim Soria was released by the Los Angeles Dodgers, and in December of 2006, he was claimed by the Royals in the Rule 5 draft after having been left unprotected by the San Diego Padres.

WHITE SOX

MANAGER: Ozzie Guillen (eighth season).

2010: 88-74, second place

SPRING HOME: Camelback Ranch, Glendale

HE'S HERE: DH Adam Dunn, RHP Jesse Crain, LHP Will Ohman.

HE'S OUTTA HERE: RHP Bobby Jenks, RHP Freddy Garcia, DH Manny Ramirez.

GOING CAMPIN': The White Sox sent a strong message during the offseason, and no, this one didn't come in 140 characters or less. They made it clear they're all in for next season with a series of big moves. They landed the left-handed slugger they were lacking when they lured Adam Dunn from Washington with a $56 million, four-year contract, but they didn't stop there. A.J. Pierzynski ($8 million, two years) decided to stay put. More important, so did Paul Konerko ($37.5 million, three years) after he hit .312 with 39 homers and 111 RBIs. They also re-signed veteran infielder Omar Vizquel to a one-year deal, and locked in shortstop Alexei Ramirez through at least 2015 with a contract that adds $32.5 million over four years after exercising his option for next season. Ozzie Guillen isn't going anywhere, either. For all the Twitter-related drama involving him and his son, Oney, over the past year, Chicago decided to pick up its 2012 option on the manager's contract. The White Sox believe they have the bats and the arms to contend in the AL Central, particularly if Jake Peavy can return to form. The former NL Cy Young Award winner said that he's at about 60 to 70 percent after season-ending surgery to repair a detached muscle in his right shoulder in July but hopes to be ready for the start of the season.

2011 TICKET PRICES: Regular Games $8-42 (Additional $2 per ticket day of game); Premier Games $13-$47.

TICKET INFORMATION: Camelbackranchbaseball.com or by calling Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000.

CURVEBALLS: Dick Allen was the last White Sox hitter to lead the league in home runs (32). He accomplished the feat in 1974.

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