Handicapping the American League Playoff Race

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Handicapping the American League Playoff Race
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The Tigers look to retain the AL Central crown

As we close in on August, the best of baseball is yet to be played. While each division offers its own intrigue for who will win the pennants, the advent of two wild-card spots ensures that even more teams are in on the fun. 

Last year, the Tigers won the AL Central and went on to represent the American League in the World Series. This year, they look to be equally strong, but the rest of the league might have something to say about that. The Tampa Bay Rays, Oakland A's and Boston Red Sox, among others, all have legitimate claims as the AL's top contender.

Let's take a look at the divisional races and handicap each contender's chances at playing in October.

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