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SI Scouting Reports

The 2005 Major League Baseball season kicks off on Sunday, April 3, with (who else?) the Boston Red Sox taking on the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. That means it is time for Sports Illustrated's annual baseball preview. Click on the team names below for preseason analysis and insight from our SI writers and find out how your favorite team (and your dreaded rival) will fare in 2005. (Note: The number in parentheses after each team is SI's preseason ranking.)

How They'll Finish
AMERICAN LEAGUE
EAST CENTRAL WEST
1 Yankees (1) 1 Twins (5) 1 Angels (6)
2 Red Sox (2)* 2 Indians (10) 2 Rangers (14)
3 Orioles (19) 3 White Sox (17) 3 Athletics (15)
4 Blue Jays (20) 4 Tigers (21) 4 Mariners (22)
5 Devil Rays (28) 5 Royals (30)    
NATIONAL LEAGUE
EAST CENTRAL WEST
1 Braves (3) 1 Cardinals (4) 1 Giants (7)
2 Marlins (8)* 2 Cubs (9) 2 Dodgers (13)
3 Mets (12) 3 Astros (14) 3 Padres (18)
4 Phillies (10) 4 Reds (23) 4 Diamondbacks (26)
5 Nationals (27) 5 Brewers (24) 5 Rockies (29)
   6 Pirates (26)   
KEY: *Wild-card team | Overall rank in parentheses

Playoff Predictions
AMERICAN LEAGUENATIONAL LEAGUE
DIVISION SERIES
Yankees over Angels
Red Sox over Twins
DIVISION SERIES
Braves over Giants
Cardinals over Marlins
CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES
Yankees over Red Sox
CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES
Braves over Cardinals
WORLD SERIES
Yankees over Braves

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