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Now, basically the entire AL East has been ruled by one team: the Boston Red Sox. They have the second best record in the league behind the Brewers, and, although I'm a Yankee fan, have  been the class of the American League. The Yankees are 7 games behind the Sox in the division standings, but it's early. The Bombers will come back to catch the BoSox and will make the playoffs.

Key words: will make the playoffs. I didn't say win the division. This year, it looks like the AL wild card will once again come from the east. The Yanks and Sox will battle for first place glory, but in the end the Yankees' offense will prevail Sox pitching and take the division.

Remember last year? The so-called Boston Massacre? Yes, I have a gut feeling something like that will happen this year. The Red Sox have already swept the Yankees once, so now it's time for revenge.

But I know there are 3 more teams in the AL East. No one has noticed them. The Blue Jays will finish third, at best, and won't grab a playoff berth, especially with BJ Ryan out all year. The Orioles, well, they're the Orioles, losing games with mediocre pitching. Fourth place is where they'll be at the end of the year. And the D-Rays, well, we all know about them. Sorry, guys, you should start getting cozy in the basement.

So, who's our big winner? Well, I've got to say, the New York Yankees will get more wins when Roger Clemens returns in pinstripes. The Red Sox have the pitching, but the Yankee offense can prevail against any team. Their pitching is adequate, and the hitting is great. Yankees will win the division with the BoSox taking the wild card. But it's early.

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