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How the New York Yankees' 2013 Offense Compares to the Other AL East Squads

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How the New York Yankees' 2013 Offense Compares to the Other AL East Squads
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Can Jeter and Suzuki continue to battle Father Time and keep the Yankees lineup potent?

2013 will open as perhaps one of the most competitive years the American League East has ever seen.  All five teams in the division have valid reasons as to why they should be considered legitimate contenders in late October.

The Yankees are the defending AL East champs, and will open the new season with a less powerful lineup (Nick Swisher and Russell Martin are gone, and Alex Rodriguez is out for most of the year), yet it has potential to manufacture more runs than its predecessor.

Much has been made of the Yankees continued aging, and the numerous injuries they had to endure last year (and will deal with this season), but a closer look at how the offense stacks up against the rest of the division may reveal that this team is not yet ready to slide in the AL East.

This article will compare three characteristics of each AL East team's lineup–Speed, Power and hitting with runners in scoring position–in an attempt to see how this season's version of the "Bombers" will fare against its rivals.

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