It’s a year of transition for AL East backstops, with the division’s best teams still searching for long-term solutions.
Brian Cashman says the Yankees aren’t interested in Jose Reyes, but perhaps the GM doth protest too much.
The short-handed Yankees relief corps has succeeded by limiting homers and outpitching its collective track record, but can its run of success be sustained?
Even in baseball’s highest-powered division, some of the players who are paid only to hit aren’t living up to their end of the bargain.
With big names missing from the active rosters of both the Yankees and the Red Sox, some unlikely hurlers are pitching in.
A string of Yankees losses resets the standings as the Rays’ and Red Sox’ early-season deficits are erased.
An unlikely Blue Jay mars Justin Verlander’s run at perfection but can’t make his team into a contender, and the rest of the updates from around the division.
Do the Yankees plate too many of their runners via the long ball?
The Red Sox still find themselves bringing up the rear in the AL East, but they’ve begun to look alive.
The Orioles show that they might not be quite ready to leave the nest, and the rest of the division’s teams are ready to replace them in the standings.
Manny’s departure exposes the Rays’ lack of depth, but every team in the division has holes in key areas.
Home runs have been flying all over the league so far in 2011, but they haven’t aided each AL East team equally.