New York Yankees In a Battle At Top of AL East Standings

Reid DavenportCorrespondent IJune 24, 2010

NEW YORK - APRIL 30: Manager Joe Girardi of the New York Yankee looks on during batting practice prior to playing the Chicago White Sox on April 30, 2010 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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The Bombers are barely leading the pack.

What started out as a four-horse race with the Yanks playing second fiddle is now a crowd of three with the Yanks on top.

With Toronto currently down seven games, the Yankees are preoccupied with keeping the Rays (two games back) and Red Sox (two and a half games back) at a distance.

I must admit, I am a bit disappointed to see Toronto fall out of the race (for now at least). Sure, everyone knew that four teams weren't going to be fighting over first place for the season's entirety, but it was still fun to watch.

But don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining.

A two and a half game span encompassing the three top teams in the division means that if it stays this close until August even, all eyes will be on the AL East.

Definitely a viable candidate for the best division in baseball, the wild card might not come out of it if the Rays, Sox and Yanks beat up on each other.

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With the Sox coming back from a pretty substantial deficit (albeit in June), David Price dominating the hill, and Robinson Cano having MVP-type numbers, anything can happen after the All-Star Break.

The Yanks play seven more series against the Rays and the Sox.  

With Sabathia pitching much better and Hughes' and Pettitte's continued dominance, all eyes will be on the Yanks' bats to carry them to a division championship.

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