MLB Preview 2013: 5 Teams Who Could Be Next Year's Cinderella

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MLB Preview 2013: 5 Teams Who Could Be Next Year's Cinderella
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With the excitement of the St. Louis Cardinals fighting their way into the playoffs in 2011 and the Oakland Athletics rallying to win the AL West on the last day of the season in 2012, Major League Baseball has not been at a loss for “Cinderella” stories as of late. 

Although only the usual suspects currently remain in the pennant race, the influx of unexpected teams into this year’s postseason has been nothing short of thrilling.  Perhaps this is due to the expanded playoff seeding, as is obviously the case with the 2012 Cardinals, but others—like the Nationals—turned draft picks and offseason acquisitions into division titles.

By nature, Cinderellas are unexpected, but having seen some of the rallies that came in the last month of the season, here are five teams that could be building for a surprise season in 2013.

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