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AL EAST
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April 04, 2011
This winter the Yanks were rejected and the Rays were rebuilt. But the Red Sox reloaded and are primed to be the beasts of the East
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April 04, 2011

Al East

This winter the Yanks were rejected and the Rays were rebuilt. But the Red Sox reloaded and are primed to be the beasts of the East

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"Oh, oh, there you go," Crawford said. "That's a good guy to give it to. He's supposed to be the guy that's replacing me. He's going to be all right, man, once he gets his at bats. When you've got an athletic guy like that, the ceiling is real high."

Jennings's ceiling, in fact, looks very much like Crawford's present, just as the Rays' ceiling appears equivalent to the Red Sox' present. "I would say you'd have to give the division to Boston," says Maddon. "I get it. God bless them. It's fine. At the end of the day, it's the execution on the field, the heartbeat in the clubhouse."

While the Rays' young and talented hearts should allow them to challenge the Yankees for second place in the division, it is the mature Red Sox—with an assist from Cliff Lee, a potential World Series opponent—whose hearts should beat longest in 2011.

HOW THEY WILL FINISH

[This article contains a table. Please see hardcopy of magazine or PDF.]

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