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Mark Teixeira

The American League East renaissance continues

The American League East renaissance continues

Nineteenth-century British prime minister Benjamin Disraeli cautioned against putting too much faith in statistics, but he was probably a cricket fan, so his credibility in the area of team sports is clearly suspect. Here's a statistic that cannot possibly lie. On June 1, the American League East was the losingest division in baseball, with a combined 121-136 record (.471) and only one team -- the New York Yankees -- above .500. Predictably, that sparked a lot of discussion about the decline of one of Major League Baseball's historically strong -- and rich -- divisions and what factors might lead to the continuation or the end of that trend. Well, whatever those factors were,...