American League power rankings

  • Updated: March 30, 2012 - 12:57 PM

1. YANKEES

Andy Pettitte rejoins CC Sabathia on a staff with additions Hiroki Kuroda and Michael Pineda. Derek Jeter and A-Rod keep aging, but the lineup remains potent.

2. ANGELS

The Albert Pujols signing adds pressure to win immediately, and this rotation could do it with Jered Weaver, C.J. Wilson, Dan Haren and Ervin Santana.

3. RANGERS

Two-time defending AL champs lost C.J. Wilson but signed Yu Darvish and Joe Nathan. Cuban center fielder Leonys Martin, another potential star, is at Class AAA.

4. TIGERS

With Victor Martinez out for the year, they signed Prince Fielder in an offseason stunner. They are stacked but far from perfect defensively.

5. RAYS

Carlos Pena is back, and the Rays also added Luke Scott, Fernando Rodney and Jose Molina to an already talented roster.

6. RED SOX

After last year's epic collapse, they made big changes this offseason -- at GM and manager, too -- but left questions at shortstop and right field and in the rotation.

7. BLUE JAYS

Brett Lawrie and Jose Bautista are scary good. The whole team could be, too, if Brandon Morrow, Brett Cecil and Kyle Drabek reach potential on the mound.

8. ROYALS

They went 15-10 in September with five rookies in their lineup. If their starting pitching makes quick strides, they could contend this year.

9. TWINS

Led the AL in losses last year, with 99. Better health could produce a turnaround, but no team has made the playoffs after losing 99 the previous year.

10. WHITE SOX

Another strange winter. Sergio Santos and Carlos Quentin trades signaled a rebuilding, but then they signed John Danks to a $65 million extension.

11. INDIANS

A surprise team through May last year, and while they'll miss his potential, Fausto Carmona -- er, Roberto Hernandez -- was 7-15 with a 5.25 ERA.

12. MARINERS

Team could contend in 2013 if Jesus Montero, Dustin Ackley, Justin Smoak, Mike Carp, Danny Hultzen and James Paxton develop as planned.

13. ORIOLES

Owner Peter Angelos changed GMs again, from Andy MacPhail to Dan Duquette, and once again, manager Buck Showalter's team has no prayer in the AL East.

14. ATHLETICS

Went 35-35 after All-Star break, then held another fire sale. Gone are Trevor Cahill, Gio Gonzalez, Andrew Bailey, Josh Willingham and David DeJesus.

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Cincinnati - A. Simon 1:20 PM
Chicago Cubs - J. Samardzija
St. Louis - M. Wacha 6:05 PM
Washington - G. Gonzalez
Milwaukee - K. Lohse 6:05 PM
Pittsburgh - C. Morton
Toronto - D. Hutchison 6:05 PM
Cleveland - J. Masterson
LA Angels - J. Weaver 6:08 PM
Detroit - D. Smyly
Atlanta - A. Harang 6:10 PM
NY Mets - J. Niese
Baltimore - C. Tillman 6:10 PM
Boston - J. Lackey
NY Yankees - H. Kuroda 6:10 PM
Tampa Bay - E. Bedard
Seattle - C. Young 6:10 PM
Miami - N. Eovaldi
Chicago WSox - F. Paulino 7:05 PM
Texas - M. Perez
Minnesota - R. Nolasco 7:10 PM
Kansas City - J. Vargas
Philadelphia - J. Pettibone 7:40 PM
Colorado - T. Chatwood
Houston - J. Cosart 9:05 PM
Oakland - S. Gray
San Francisco - M. Cain 9:10 PM
San Diego - T. Ross
Arizona - W. Miley 9:10 PM
Los Angeles - Z. Greinke
Montreal 6:00 PM
Tampa Bay
Detroit 6:30 PM
Boston
Dallas 9:00 PM
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