How the AL East will shake out

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Some team is going to fight its way out of the mud bog otherwise known as the American League East. However that occurs, it’s not going to be pretty, it’s not going to be artful, it’s not going to be prolific, and it will happen despite a whole lot of adversity.

Maybe it will be the New York Yankees, who have won 13 of their last 17 games but were reminded again Monday night that their margin for error is incredibly slight and that their edge has to be a dominant bullpen and lockdown defense. Against the Toronto Blue Jays, they had neither. Dellin Betances -- unhittable the other day -- was mortal, a defensive mistake was made behind him and the Yankees lost, as Mark Feinsand writes.

Maybe it will be the Tampa Bay Rays, who theoretically could have the best rotation in the division -- but now Alex Cobb has shut down his throwing program.