AL East: Final Standing Predictions for 2012

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AL East: Final Standing Predictions for 2012
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The AL East is arguably the most competitive division in the major leagues. In the last five years three different teams have won the division.

Last season came down to the last day. The New York Yankees clinched home field advantage throughout the postseason almost a week before the season ended but the Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays were battling for the Wild Card.

The Rays defeated the Yankees in a 12 inning thriller after they were losing seven to zero in the seventh inning. At practically the same time, Jonathan Papelbon blew a save against the Orioles, capping their historic September collapse.

With names like Jonathan Papelbon and Jesus Montero leaving the division, players like Alex Rodriguez and Clay Buchholz coming back from injury, players like John Lackey going to miss the season due to injury and players like Hiroki Kuroda and Michael Pineda entering the division, the AL East will look very different in 2012.

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