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CHICAGO—With two members of the big league rotation planning to pitch in the World Baseball Classic, the White Sox expect to get a better than usual read on some of their young pitchers in spring training. Knuckleballer Charles Haeger, a nowhere man in the organization a year ago, is expected to join Sean Tracey, a 14-game winner in Double-A in 2005, in getting some of the innings that might normally go to Freddy Garcia and Javier Vazquez.

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CHICAGO—Seldom have the White Sox had such stability in their starting rotation. That could force righthander Sean Tracey to find a different path to Chicago. A 14-game winner with Double-A Birmingham, Tracey tied for the Southern League lead in victories. But the Sox experimented with him out of the bullpen in the Arizona Fall League, and that could be his quickest path to the big leagues.

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CHICAGO—Give Brian Anderson credit for both his abilities and his perspective. He knows that nothing is owed him even though he's first in line to succeed departed center fielder Aaron Rowand. "Absolutely nothing in life is handed to you," said Anderson, who knows that Jerry Owens could also contend for the spot. "It's good to have people pushing you. A guy who is comfortable is a guy who is in trouble."

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AL East Organization Reports

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FORT LAUDERDALE—After missing all of 2005, outfielder Val Majewski is back in action. And he is even taking some ground balls at first base. Majewski, a third-round selection in the 2002 draft, is no stranger to the position. It just took a while to get reacquainted. He played there in high school and for two seasons at Rutgers before moving to the outfield.

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BALTIMORE—Most batters prefer to stay in one spot in the order, the better to grow comfortable and to understand their role. Rene Aqueron not only did his share of moving around at Rookie-level Bluefield, but he also refused to play favorites. Aqueron, a second baseman and outfielder, hit in all nine spots in the lineup, and he batted over .300 at each position in his pro debut. No wonder he led the Appalachian League in batting, finishing at .405-4-32 in 163 at-bats, and on-base percentage at .468. He also placed third in slugging at .583. There was no way to rattle him.

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BALTIMORE—Maybe it's the natural development of a young pitcher's body, or maybe it's the extra innings he's thrown. Whatever the reason, Ryan Keefer's velocity increased from the upper 80s to the mid-90s during the 2005 season. When your velocity goes up, so does your stock. Keefer went 7-3, 3.20 in 84 innings at Double-A Bowie last year. Moved into a set-up role, he posted a 0.42 ERA over a 13-game span. In his last nine outings covering 11 innings, Keefer permitted only one earned run.

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BALTIMORE—Once touted as the top power-hitting prospect in the Orioles' organization, Walter Young was designated for assignment to clear room on the 40-man roster for newly signed free agent Kevin Millar. He was claimed off waivers by the Padres. Young, believed to be the heaviest player in major league history at his listed weight of 322 pounds, showed tremendous promise at Double-A Bowie in 2004, hitting 33 home runs. But his power declined last year in the International League, where he hit .288-13-81 in 466 at-bats at Triple-A Ottawa.

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BALTIMORE—With his 25th birthday approaching, Jason Fransz will need to quicken the pace if he's going to move through the Orioles' farm system after spending last season at low Class A Delmarva. To his credit, he is trying his best. Fransz hit .308-22-111 in 2005 and led the South Atlantic League in RBIs and the Shorebirds in home runs and doubles.

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he Orioles gave a full critique of their minor league system prior to the winter meetings and decided that minimal changes were necessary. The managers from their top five affiliates will return in 2006, though the organization still hasn't named the two coaches at Class A Frederick. Dave Trembley remains as manager at Triple-A Ottawa, Don Werner at Double-A Bowie, Bien Figueroa at Frederick, Gary Kendall at Class A Delmarva and Andy Etchebarren at Class A short season Aberdeen.

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Cardinals Organization Report

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JUPITER, Fla.—If the guys who had spent some of last season with Triple-A Memphis seemed unstirred by the diving, lunging, sprinting, sprawling catches Skip Schumaker made during spring training games, forgive them. They've seen them all before. Capable of playing all three outfield positions, Schumaker has his eyes set on another one—the fourth spot in the Cardinals' outfield. He knows his talent formula of good speed, trustworthy glove and sparse pop equals a route to the majors via its bench, where he saw time in 2005.

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Cubs Organization Report

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MESA, Ariz.—With Derrek Lee at the World Baseball Classic, two first-base prospects made powerful impressions in spring training. Brandon Sing hit a pair of home runs in his first Cactus League start, while Brian Dopirak added two homers in a three-game stretch. Neither was expected to make the big league club out of spring training, but their hot starts could be big down the line if the Cubs are looking for help during the 2006 season.

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