Tampa Bay Rays: 5 Ways Rays Can Win AL East

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Tampa Bay Rays: 5 Ways Rays Can Win AL East
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After losing many key players this past offseason, the Tampa Bay Rays had many question marks heading into 2011. So far, the Rays have been one of the surprise teams in Major League Baseball this season.

The team currently holds a record of 44-35, and is only 2.5 games behind the Boston Red Sox for the lead in the American League East.

The Rays are not unfamiliar with winning the American League East. The team won the division title in 2008 and 2010.

Can the underdog Rays keep the mighty New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox at bay for a second straight season?

Here are five things that must happen for the Rays to win the American League East.

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