Daisuke Matsuzaka and More American League Players Who Need to Have a Big Week

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Daisuke Matsuzaka and More American League Players Who Need to Have a Big Week
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The Red Sox need Daisuke Matsuzaka to pitch like somebody other than Daisuke Matsuzaka.

At long last, interleague play is over. For the rest of the season, it will be National League vs. National League and American League vs. American League.

...Otherwise known as the way things are supposed to be.

Enjoy it while you can, folks. With the Houston Astros moving to the American League next season to create two balanced leagues, there's going to be interleague play virtually every day of the season.

The American League enters the home stretch of the 2012 season with nine of its 14 teams over the .500 mark. There are eight teams within 6.5 games of first place in their respective divisions. With an extra wild-card spot to be had, it looks like we're going to see a heck of a finish in the Junior Circuit.

But first things first. This week will be all about settling back into the grind, and each and every club in the AL will be looking to restart intra-league play on the right foot.

Here's a look at a handful of AL players who can do their respective teams a big favor by having big weeks.

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