AL East MLB Race 2011: Red Sox, Yankees, Rays, Orioles and Blue Jays

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AL East MLB Race 2011: Red Sox, Yankees, Rays, Orioles and Blue Jays
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The AL East exemplifies divisional competition in Major League Baseball.  Add the Tampa Bay Rays to an already explosive mix of one-part Red Sox and one-part Yankees and you have a three-way powder keg of competition set to explode.  With new manager Buck Showalter having had some time to fully prepare his team for battle, the Baltimore Orioles will certainly play a part in who is deemed AL East Champion.  And don’t forget the Toronto Blue Jays whose young talent core would like a say in the matter.

The Division has certainly gotten a lot tighter over the years and it should be even closer this year.  Each team has improved their roster from last year.  The inter-divisional play will be more competitive than in any other division, hands down.  Since the Wild Card was introduced 16 Years ago, it has come from this division 12 times.  These teams may even beat up on each other enough to lower the bar for the Wild Card to actually find its' way into another division.

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