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Tuesday, February 15, 2005; Page H05

WASHINGTON NATIONALS

Spring headquarters: Viera.

Phone number: (321) 633-4487.


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Reporting dates: Pitchers and catchers, today. Position players, Sunday.

2004 finish: 67-95, fifth place in NL East.

Offseason additions: 3B George Arias, C Gary Bennett, 3B Vinny Castilla, 1B Wil Cordero, OF Jose Guillen, SS Cristian Guzman, OF Jeffrey Hammonds, RHP Esteban Loaiza, RHP Antonio Osuna, OF Alex Escobar.

Offseason subtractions: 3B Tony Batista, OF Ron Calloway, C Einar Diaz, SS Maicer Izturis, OF Val Pascucci, OF Juan Rivera, Jerry Owens.

Spring story line: Is Washington's first team in 34 years capable of competing in what has become baseball's toughest division?

BALTIMORE ORIOLES

Spring headquarters: Fort Lauderdale.

Phone number: (800) 236-8908.

Reporting dates: Pitchers and catchers, Saturday. Position players, Feb. 23.

2004 finish: 78-84, third place in AL East.

Offseason additions: INF Chris Gomez, RHP Steve Kline, RHP Steve Reed, OF Sammy Sosa, INF Enrique Wilson.

Offseason subtractions: OF Marty Cordova, LHP Buddy Groom, 2B-OF Jerry Hairston, 1B David Segui.

Spring story line: How will superstar Sosa fit into Miguel Tejada's clubhouse following his rancorous exit from Chicago?

FLORIDA MARLINS

Spring headquarters: Jupiter.

Phone number: (561) 775-1818.

Reporting dates: Pitchers and catchers, Thursday. Position players, Monday.

2004 finish: 83-79, third place in NL East.

Offseason additions: RHP Antonio Alfonseca, 1B Carlos Delgado, RHP Todd Jones, LHP Al Leiter, RHP Jim Mecir, RHP John Riedling.

Offseason subtractions: RHP Armando Benitez, 1B Wil Cordero, RHP Chad Fox, RHP Josias Manzanillo, INF Mike Mordecai, RHP Carl Pavano, C Mike Redmond, RHP Rudy Seanez, RHP David Weathers.

Spring story lines: Will Delgado justify the richest contract in franchise history? Will young aces A.J. Burnett and Josh Beckett fulfill their vast potentials?

ST. LOUIS CARDINALS

Spring headquarters: Jupiter.

Phone number: (561) 966-3309.

Reporting dates: Pitchers and catchers, Friday. Position players, Feb. 22.

2004 finish: 105-57, first in NL Central. Lost in World Series.


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