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Tuesday, March 29, 2011
X factors: Team-by-team keys

By David Schoenfield

We asked the SweetSpot bloggers to weigh in with a vital element to each team's success in 2011. Click on each link for their analysis or to check out their site.

AL East
Baltimore Orioles -- Zach Britton
Boston Red Sox -- Josh Beckett
New York Yankees --A.J. Burnett
Tampa Bay Rays -- Starting rotation
Toronto Blue Jays -- Aaron Hill and Yunel Escobar

AL Central
Chicago White Sox --Gordon Beckham
Cleveland Indians -- Matt LaPorta
Detroit Tigers -- Phil Coke
Kansas City Royals -- The prospects
Minnesota Twins -- The bullpen

AL West
Los Angeles Angels -- Kendrys Morales
Oakland A's -- Brett Anderson
Seattle Mariners -- Youth movement
Texas Rangers -- C.J. Wilson

NL East
Atlanta Braves -- Nate McLouth
Florida Marlins --Javier Vazquez
New York Mets -- Cash flow
Philadelphia Phillies -- Jimmy Rollins
Washington Nationals -- Ian Desmond

NL Central
Chicago Cubs -- Aramis Ramirez
Cincinnati Reds -- Paul Janish
Houston Astros -- Middle infield
Milwaukee Brewers -- Yuniesky Betancourt
Pittsburgh Pirates -- Pedro Alvarez
St. Louis Cardinals -- Jaime Garcia

NL West
Arizona Diamondbacks -- Justin Upton
Colorado Rockies -- Chris Iannetta
Los Angeles Dodgers -- Left field
San Diego Padres -- Cameron Maybin
San Francisco Giants -- Brandon Belt