Posted February 26, 2012 on AP on Fox

Baseball Hall of Fame members Orlando Cepeda (L) and Bruce Sutter (R) pose for a photograph with St. Louis Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols during the Pujols Family Foundation's 5th Annual Christmas Event in St. Louis on December 5, 2009. The Pujols Family Foundation headed by St. Louis Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols, reaches out to improverished families and children in the Dominican Republic and aids in the development and care of those with Down Syndrome. UPI/Bill Greenblatt Photo via Newscom

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(Eds: APNewsNow. With AP Photos.) By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer The offseason departures of sluggers Albert Pujols and Prince Fielder has left the NL Central wide open for the taking. There's no clear-cut favorite to win the division title in 2012. It's up for grabs. And the Cincinnati Reds just might be the ones to snatch it. With a revamped pitching staff, star first baseman Joey Votto and as much overall depth as anyone in the division, the Reds are poised to make a run at the top after finishing a disappointing 79-83. The Reds gave up seven prized prospects to get pitchers Matt Latos and Sean Marshall. Although St. Louis and Milwaukee lost their biggest bats, Reds manager Dusty Baker is still expecting ''a tough race'' with the Chicago Cubs and Pittsburgh Pirates expected to be improved.
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