Since the inception of the American League East, it has always been a two-horse race with the exception of a Tampa Bay Rays organization or Baltimore Orioles team showing some hope early on in the season. It usually always comes down to either the New York Yankees or Boston Red Sox, with the second place team more often than not taking the AL Wild Card home.

The 2011 MLB Season has proved to be different than the past several years. We are about a third of the way through the season and just four games separates the fifth place Toronto Blue Jays from the first place Boston Red Sox.

Let’s break down where each of the five teams are at right now and see what they need to do to improve or if it is even realistic to keep them in the conversation.

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