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Jason Giambi does so many commercials for razor companies, music stores and clothing manufacturers that he gets off to a slow start with the Yankees in 2002. But he comes on like a champ in mid-May, has an MVP finish and the Yankees go on to make it five out of seven. --Paul Smith AL CENTRAL The Indians won't miss reliever John Rocker. Cleveland will have less rock 'em, sock 'em power and more emphasis on pitching. With Jeff Weaver and Mark Redman in the rotation and hard-throwing closer Matt Anderson, Detroit finishes above .500 for the first time since 1993. The Big Hurt's return provides huge lift for the White Sox, as Magglio Ordonez has another stellar season, Jose Valentin makes 20-something errors again no matter where he plays and left-hander Mark Buehrle wins 20 games. The Twins have a lot of pluses -- Gold Glove winners Torii Hunter and Doug Mientkiewicz, solid rotation, second-place finish in 2001 -- but the big minus is the uncertainty over their future. --Carrie Muskat AL WEST All four AL West teams will contend into the final weeks of the season, but Oakland wins the toughest division in baseball behind its pitching -- the best in the Majors, tops in both ERA and shutouts. The Rangers' Alex Rodriguez takes AL MVP honors after another 50-homer season and a run at the Triple Crown. Seattle just misses the playoffs when Ichiro is thrown out at the plate on a relay throw by Anaheim first baseman Darin Erstad, robbing Ichiro of his 150th run of the season. -- John Schlegel NL EAST The Braves' decade-long string of division titles comes to a crashing halt as the Mets -- with all their glitzy new acquisitions -- dominate the NL East. The aging Atlanta corps fall to third place as the up-and-coming Phillies finish second for the second consecutive season. Javier Vazquez -- the Expos' blossoming righty, who the hottest pitcher in the game before an injury cut his 2001 season a couple of weeks short -- wins the NL Cy Young award. --Ian Browne NL CENTRAL With Rick Ankiel making a spectacular comeback and Albert Pujols ignoring any sophomore jinx, the Cardinals romp to the NL Central title.--Jim Molony NL WEST The season starts on time. The owners and players settle their contraction dispute, extend the Collective Bargaining Agreement one year and pledge to seriously negotiate a long-term pact. Peter O'Malley spearheads a consortium of Los Angeles business leaders to buy back the Dodgers. And in the AL West, Carl Everett and John Rocker form a hip-hop/redneck singing duo named "Texas Strangers." --Ken Gurnick Paul Smith, Carrie Muskat, John Schlegel, Ian Browne, Jim Molony and Ken Gurnick are reporters for MLB.com. This article was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.