In order of 2002 finish

New York Yankees

Manager: Joe Torre.

2002: 103-58, 1st; lost to Anaheim in 1st round.

Payroll: $164 million.

Rotation: Roger Clemens, Mike Mussina, Andy Pettitte, David Wells, Jeff Weaver.

Meat of the order: Jason Giambi, Bernie Williams, Hideki Matsui.

Turning point: George Steinbrenner seems unwilling to back away and watch the winning, which means distractions could be a major problem for a team that is unsurpassed in proven talent.

Fresh face: Matsui will either become beloved or besieged as he arrives with high expectations after hitting 50 homers and batting .334 last season in Japan.

Best guess: A disappointing spring is a prelude to a bumpy ride ahead for the Yankees, who might lead the league in both angst and victories. Any losing streak could prompt a clash between the Boss and Torre, possibly leading to a midseason managerial change.

Boston Red Sox

Manager: Grady Little.

2002: 93-69, 2nd.

Payroll: $96.9 million.

Rotation: Pedro Martinez, Tim Wakefield, Derek Lowe, Casey Fossum, John Burkett.

Meat of the order: Nomar Garciaparra, Manny Ramirez, Kevin Millar.

Turning point: If Boston is to make it back to the playoffs after a three-year absence, it must not only get healthy seasons from Martinez and Lowe but some surprises from the rest of the staff as well.

Fresh faces: None.

Best guess: GM Theo Epstein's gambles on a closer-by-situation bullpen and a lineup built around offensive players like Todd Walker, Jeremy Giambi and Millar backfires and the Red Sox are once again unable to run down the Yankees.