2013 American League East Preview

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2013 American League East Preview
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Ten years ago, the American League East was a two-horse race between New York and Boston.

When the powerhouse rivals met in the American League Championship series that fall and again in '04, it was hard to envision Tampa Bay, Toronto or Baltimore ever climbing back to their level.

Outside of Tampa Bay's remarkable rise from worst-to-first in 2008 and sustained run, no one other than New York or Boston has won the division in the years since.

Times are changing, though.

Heading into 2013, the division is as competitive as anytime in history.

A case can be made for any team finishing in first or last.

The following is a preview, with rankings and predictions, of the American League East contenders for 2013.

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