Chart: American League power rankings

  • Updated: March 29, 2013 - 2:19 PM
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1. Detroit

The Tigers offense is dangerous with Victor Martinez healthy and Torii Hunter added. Rookie Bruce Rondon might close, or the team can trade for bullpen help.

 

2. Toronto

The Blue Jays grabbed the headlines with offseason moves to boost their rotation and middle infield. They could use a power hitter at first base, though.

 

3. Texas

Josh Hamilton is gone, but the Rangers still have a good lineup, strong rotation and solid bullpen. Yu Darvish is one year wiser after a 16-win debut season.

 

4. Tampa Bay

James Shields is gone, but the rotation remains deep. The problem has been offense, but here to help is … Luke Scott?

5. Los Angeles

Albert Pujols, Mike Trout and, now, Josh Hamilton. Wow. They will have to slug their way to the postseason because the rotation isn’t that deep.

 

6. Baltimore

A full season of Manny Machado will be fun to watch, but the Birds didn’t do much in the offseason while the Rays and Jays made big moves in the East.

 

7. Oakland

Pitching staff gave up 614 runs in 2012, and staff ace Brett Anderson is healthy and available for a full season. The A’s can’t be counted out in the West.

 

8. Kansas City

James Shields and Wade Davis bring credibility to the Royals’ rotation. Eric Hosmer should improve, so KC will make a big jump this year.

 

9. Chicago

The White Sox didn’t make any major additions, so they are banking on Chris Sale and other young players step up. Paul Konerko is 37 years old. Hmmm … .

 

10. New York

A-Rod, Curtis Granderson and Mark Teixeira are injured. Andy Pettitte is 40. Hiroki Kuroda is 38. Phil Hughes has back problems. Dark clouds are forming.

 

11. Minnesota

Justin Morneau looks ready for a big year. Mike Pelfrey, Vance Worley and Kyle Gibson should boost the rotation. But fans want to fast forward to 2015.

 

12. Cleveland

The Indians offense will be better in 2013 with Mark Reynolds, Michael Bourn and Nick Swisher. The pitching staff, however, didn’t receive any notable upgrades.

 

13. Boston

Red Sox seem to be banking on peace, calm and tranquility in the clubhouse in order to win. Sounds like the 2011 Vikings, and we saw where that got them.

 

14. Seattle

The fences are coming in at Safeco Field, which could help the Mariners offense. But it also could be bad news when they call on young starters such as Danny Hultzen.

 

15. Houston

Welcome to the AL, Astros — and pack a lunch. They are hard to watch now, but a lot is going on behind the scenes and the future looks promising.

La Velle E. Neal III

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Seattle
Detroit 6:00 PM
Philadelphia
Portland 6:00 PM
Cleveland
Sacramento 6:30 PM
Toronto
Boston 7:00 PM
Minnesota
Dallas 7:00 PM
Houston
Denver 7:00 PM
New Orleans
Brooklyn 7:00 PM
Atlanta
Oklahoma City 7:00 PM
New York
Charlotte 7:30 PM
San Antonio
LA Clippers 8:00 PM
Utah
Washington 9:30 PM
Phoenix
Toronto 6:30 PM
New Jersey
Pittsburgh 7:00 PM
Washington
Chicago 9:30 PM
Los Angeles
Temple 6:00 PM
UCF
Winthrop 6:00 PM
Coastal Carolina
Lafayette 6:00 PM
Colgate
Northeastern 6:00 PM
Drexel
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Florida State
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Fordham
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James Madison
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LSU
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Seton Hall 6:00 PM
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Navy
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UNC-Wilmington
Wright State 6:00 PM
Oakland
Minnesota 6:00 PM
Penn State
Duquesne 6:00 PM
Richmond
SMU 6:00 PM
South Florida
Hartford 6:00 PM
Stony Brook
Albany 6:00 PM
Vermont
Hofstra 6:00 PM
William & Mary
UNC-Asheville 6:00 PM
Longwood
Radford 6:30 PM
Char Southern
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Loyola-Maryland 0
Duke 6:30 PM
Notre Dame
Texas Tech 6:30 PM
Oklahoma
Oregon State 7:00 PM
Arizona State
Morehead State 7:00 PM
Austin Peay
Drake 7:00 PM
Bradley
Lehigh 7:00 PM
Bucknell
Rice 7:00 PM
Houston
Missouri State 7:00 PM
Illinois State
Loyola-Chicago 7:00 PM
Wichita State
Nebraska Omaha 7:00 PM
South Dakota St
Northern Iowa 7:05 PM
Southern Ill
Louisville 8:00 PM
Boston College
St Johns 8:00 PM
Creighton
East Carolina 8:00 PM
Memphis
Georgia Tech 8:00 PM
Miami-Florida
Miss State 8:00 PM
Ole Miss
Clemson 8:00 PM
NC State
Indiana 8:00 PM
Purdue
Kansas 8:00 PM
TCU
Oregon 9:00 PM
Arizona
Air Force 9:00 PM
San Jose St
Stanford 10:00 PM
Washington
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Siena 3
Dayton 11:00 AM
Richmond
Eastern Kentucky 11:30 AM
Jacksonville St
Saint Josephs 11:30 AM
Saint Louis
UMBC 6:00 PM
Binghamton
Akron 6:00 PM
Ohio U
Ball State 6:00 PM
Miami-Ohio
Memphis 6:00 PM
Cincinnati
East Carolina 6:00 PM
(2) Connecticut
Murray State 6:00 PM
Eastern Illinois
Kent State 6:00 PM
Central Michigan
UT Martin 6:00 PM
Tennessee St
Eastern Michigan 6:00 PM
Western Mich
Bucknell 6:00 PM
Lehigh
Indiana 6:00 PM
Michigan State
Colgate 6:00 PM
Lafayette
Fordham 6:00 PM
Davidson
Duquesne 6:00 PM
St Bonaventure
George Mason 6:00 PM
VA Commonwealth
Detroit 6:00 PM
Youngstown St
Army 0 Postponed
Boston U 0
Loyola-Maryland 0 Postponed
Holy Cross 0
SMU 7:00 PM
Tulsa
Oklahoma St 7:00 PM
Kansas State
West Virginia 7:00 PM
Texas Tech
Denver 7:00 PM
South Dakota
Northwestern St 7:00 PM
Central Arkansas
Austin Peay 7:00 PM
SIU-Edwardsville
Kansas 7:00 PM
Iowa State
Bowling Green 7:00 PM
Northern Ill
Penn State 7:00 PM
Minnesota
San Jose St 8:00 PM
Air Force
Boise State 8:00 PM
Colorado State
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Wyoming
San Diego State 9:00 PM
Fresno State
Nevada 9:00 PM
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