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Spring Training position battles

The chart below details all position battles that are taking shape in Spring Training. Speculative starters and competitors are listed for each team, along with notes for each developing situation.

 C Favorite Underdog(s) Bottom line
CIN Javier Valentin David Ross
Paul Bako
The starting job falls to Valentin until Ross gets up to speed.

 1B Favorite Underdog(s) Bottom line
CIN Scott Hatteberg Joey Votto
With Votto struggling in camp, steady veteran Hatteberg may get the nod.
KC Ross Gload Ryan Shealy
All signs point to a platoon between Gload and Shealy.
TEX Ben Broussard Jason Botts
Chris Shelton
Broussard will almost certainly start against right-handers, with Botts and/or Shelton making up the other half of the platoon.
WAS Nick Johnson Dmitri Young
A time-sharing situation looks likely, with the lion's share of starts going to Johnson.

 2B Favorite Underdog(s) Bottom line
CWS Juan Uribe Alexei Ramirez
With Danny Richar on the shelf, Uribe will try to hold off the red-hot Ramirez for the job.

 SS Favorite Underdog(s) Bottom line
LAA Erick Aybar Maicer Izturis
Manager Mike Scioscia hasn't ruled out a platoon situation between Aybar and Izturis.

 3B Favorite Underdog(s) Bottom line
SF Rich Aurilia Eugenio Velez
The aging Aurilia and speedy Velez will likely share time at the hot corner.

 OF Favorite(s) Underdog(s) Bottom line
BOS Jacoby Ellsbury Coco Crisp
Ellsbury appears to be the favorite, especially with Crisp rebounding from injury.
CIN Corey Patterson Norris Hopper
Patterson should get most of the starts in center until prized prospect Jay Bruce gets the callup.
CLE David Dellucci Jason Michaels
A left-field platoon involving Dellucci and Michaels is likely.
FLA Cody Ross Alejandro De Aza
With Cameron Maybin having been reassigned to Double-A, the path is clearer for Ross to build on last year's breakthrough.
LAD Juan Pierre Adam Ethier
An ice-cold spring has Pierre on the hot seat.
STL Skip Schumaker Ryan Ludwick
Brian Barton
Schumaker has the narrow lead, but all three right-field candidates have been playing well this spring.

 SP Favorite(s) Underdog(s) Bottom line
BAL Matt Albers
Brian Burres
Stay away from this swingman duel.
HOU Woody Williams Chris Sampson
Steer clear of this battle between soft-tossers.
KC John Bale
Brett Tomko
Kyle Davies
Bale is the favorite to claim the No. 4 starter job, with Tomko in a tight race with Davies and De La Rosa for the final spot.

 CL Favorite Underdog(s) Bottom line
TEX C.J. Wilson Eddie Guardado
Joaquin Benoit
Kazuo Fukumori
All signs point to Wilson getting the first shot.
TOR Jeremy Accardo B.J. Ryan
Accardo is a solid bet to receive a bunch of save opportunities while Ryan's surgically repaired elbow gets back up to speed.
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