2012 MLB Predictions: Top 7 AL Cy Young Candidates Entering Spring Training

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2012 MLB Predictions: Top 7 AL Cy Young Candidates Entering Spring Training
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May the winter blues be gone, baseball fans.

While spring isn't officially underway until March 20—baseball action is beginning to heat up—and that means it's time for the predictions to start rolling in on the 2012 season.

In respect to Justin Verlander's miraculous season from a year ago (he captured both the AL Cy Young and AL MVP awards), the initial outlook on the 2012 AL Cy Young race might seem rather uneventful.

However, the 21st century is yet to see a back-to-back AL Cy Young winner—proof that sustaining dominance is much more difficult than reaching it.

With plenty of hungry hurlers waiting to toe the slab and dethrone the Tigers' ace, let's take an early look at seven candidates most likely to claim the AL Cy Young award in 2012.

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