AL East Preview: Full Forecast for Yankees, Red Sox, Blue Jays, Orioles and Rays

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AL East Preview: Full Forecast for Yankees, Red Sox, Blue Jays, Orioles and Rays
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For the first time in what feels like 100 years, the American League East is as wide open as any division in baseball. 

Instead of the usual talk about the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox, there is very real, very legitimate buzz surrounding the Toronto Blue Jays for the first time since the franchise won back-to-back World Series in 1992 and 1993. 

The Baltimore Orioles were the biggest surprise in all of baseball, winning 93 games, making the postseason for the first time since 1997 and taking the Yankees to five games in the American League Division Series. 

The Tampa Bay Rays may not have been able to get over the hump last season, but an active winter that saw the team deal from its surplus of pitching to add one of the best and most exciting prospects in all of baseball could be exactly what this team needs. 

Even though the Red Sox and Yankees have their share of problems heading into the regular season, there is still more than enough talent on both teams to get them back to the postseason in 2013. 

Here is a look at all five teams in the American League East, including what they need to go right, what could go wrong and a final record projection.  

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