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Spring training news and notes on the Yankees, Red Sox, Jays and Rays
Spring training news and notes on the Yankees, Red Sox, Jays and Rays

The American League East has long been considered one of baseball’s toughest divisions, and that should hold true again in 2013. But it’s no longer a division dominated by a couple high-spending teams and the occasional upstart. Suddenly, the AL East is being recognized for its top-to-bottom depth. The Orioles had their best finish in the division in 15 years in 2012, taking second place and earning a wild-card berth. The Blue Jays are the unofficial champions of the off-season, going from a fourth-place club to a World Series contender. Meanwhile, the Yankees and Red Sox still have plenty of cash and veteran players (perhaps too many?), and the Rays continue to make shrewd...

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