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AL East a beast no more: 88 victories enough for crown at current pace

AL East a beast no more: 88 victories enough for crown at current pace

A decade ago, it was nicknamed the “American League Beast,” the biggest, baddest division in all of baseball. It featured the sport's two free-spending behemoths and three other talented but inferior teams that seemingly prayed for the gift of realignment to win a championship. But something unexpected happened in the past several years. The American League East has become — gasp — anyone's race each season, with four clubs winning the division title in the past five years. Only the Toronto Blue Jays haven't worn the crown recently. It's a welcome change for clubs such as the Orioles and Tampa Bay Rays, who don't spend as much as the New...

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