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Los Angeles Dodgers

2008: 84-78, first place

Manager: Joe Torre, second year

Projected lineup: SS Rafael Furcal, 2B Orlando Hudson, LF Manny Ramirez, RF Andre Ethier, 1B James Loney, CF Matt Kemp, C Russell Martin, 3B Casey Blake.

Rotation: RH Hiroki Kuroda , RH Chad Billingsley, LH Randy Wolf, LH Clayton Kershaw, RH James McDonald, RH Jason Schmidt (hurt)

Closer: RH Jonathan Broxton

Hot spots: Starting pitching and the bullpen. At 24, Billingsley has yet to prove he can be the replacement ace on a staff that lost veterans Derek Lowe and Brad Penny. Broxton moves into the closer role with Takashi Saito’s departure. Still, L.A. has built a reputation for stellar pitching.

Arizona Diamondbacks

2008: 82-80, second place

Manager: Bob Melvin, fifth year

Projected lineup: 2B Felipe Lopez, CF Chris Young, SS Stephen Drew, LF Conor Jackson, 1B Chad Tracy, RF Justin Upton, 3B Mark Reynolds, C Chris Snyder

Rotation: RH Brandon Webb, RH Dan Haren, LH Doug Davis, RH Jon Garland, RH Max Scherzer

Closer: RH Chad Qualls

Hot spots: The bullpen and outfield. Qualls inherited the closer’s job after Brandon Lyon’s meltdown, but setup men Tony Peña, Jon Rauch, Scott Schoeneweis and Tom Gordon are question marks. There’s a crowd in the outfield, with scrappy Eric Byrnes back and healthy. He likely will fill in at all three outfield positions.

Colorado Rockies

2008: 74-88, third place

Manager: Clint Hurdle, 8th year

Projected lineup: CF Ryan Spilborghs, SS Troy Tulowitzki, 1B Todd Helton, 3B Garrett Atkins, RF Brad Hawpe, C Chris Iannetta, LF Seth Smith, 2B Clint Barmes

Rotation: RH Aaron Cook, RH Ubaldo Jimenez, LH Franklin Morales, RH Jason Marquis, LH Jorge De La Rosa

Closer: RH Huston Street

Hot spots: Left field, rotation and closer. Seth Smith should get the first shot at replacing Matt Holliday in left, but Ian Stewart could see time with Carlos Gonzalez optioned to Triple-A. Glendon Rusch may crack the rotation. Street won the closer’s job over Manuel Corpas.

San Francisco Giants

2008: 72-90, fourth place

Manager: Bruce Bochy, 3rd year

Projected lineup: RF Randy Winn, SS Edgar Renteria, 3B Pablo Sandoval, C Bengie Molina, CF Aaron Rowand, LF Fred Lewis, 1B Travis Ishikawa, 2B Emmanuel Burriss

Rotation: RH Tim Lincecum, LH Randy Johnson, RH Matt Cain, LH Barry Zito, LH Jonathan Sanchez

Closer: RH Brian Wilson

Hot spots: The late innings. Bochy hopes his starting pitchers, with the addition of Johnson, 45, will allow the Giants to carry just six relievers, opening a spot for another bat on a team that could sorely use it. Zito’s durability has never been questioned, but everything else is still in doubt.

San Diego Padres

2008: 63-99, fifth place

Manager: Bud Black, 3rd year

Projected lineup: CF Jody Gerut, 2B David Eckstein, RF Brian Giles, 1B Adrian Gonzalez, 3B Kevin Kouzmanoff, LF Chase Headley, C Nick Hundley, SS Luis Rodriguez

Rotation: RH Jake Peavy, RH Chris Young, RH Cha Seung Baek, RH Kevin Correia, RH Shawn Hill or LH Cesar Ramos or RH Walter Silva

Closer: RH Heath Bell

Hot spots: Starting rotation, bullpen, middle infield. Baek could miss the start because of a strained right forearm. Bell, who has two career saves, takes over for all-time saves leader Trevor Hoffman (ex-UA), who signed with Milwaukee.

The Associated Press (order based on last year’s finishes)

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