AL East

Top Professional Coaches Under 50

Our look at the most accomplished under-50 coaches in baseball, basketball, football and hockey
<p> Top Professional Coaches Under 50</p>

Veterans can be they key to any championship season. However, that doesn’t always extend to the bench or the dugout.

In June, Erik Spoelstra coached the Miami Heat to an NBA title at age 41, but he had to go through Oklahoma City’s Scott Brooks, 46, to do it.

New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox Still Avoiding the Cellar

The two AL powers rarely seen at the bottom
<p> Both teams having sub-par seasons at the same time is rare indeed.</p>

Regardless what the standings look like now, with the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox teetering near the bottom of the AL East, they are not likely to end the season there. The Baltimore Orioles are bad enough that they won’t let it happen this season, but just in case you’re wondering, the last time the Yankees and Red Sox finished last and next-to-last in their division/league was in 1966. The only other time was way back in 1925.

Toronto Blue Jays 2012 Preview

Jays look to take advantage of expanded wild card
<p> The Blue Jays have gone nearly 20 years since their last trip to the postseason, but that drought seems likely to end soon, perhaps as soon as this year. With two wild cards now in play, Toronto can be a team squarely in the hunt late in the season.</p>

Toronto Blue Jays

Tampa Bay Rays 2012 Preview

The Rays continue to compete in tough AL East
<p> You can count the 30 million dollars conserved in 2011 by lopping off the seven-highest paid players from their payroll. You can count all the franchise-record stats that departed with Carl Crawford, the homers and RBIs Carlos Pena left behind, the runs Jason Bartlett saved at shortstop and the 86 percent attrition of bullpen appearances the club overcame in its improbable 91-win season. But the one thing you can’t ever do is count out the Tampa Bay Rays.</p>

Tampa Bay Rays



New York Yankees 2012 Preview

Jeter and Co. primed to get back to World Series
<p> The Yankees fell short of the World Series for the seventh time in eight seasons, but this remains a formidable team. The Yankees’ bats went cold in the playoffs, but over the long season, this lineup will produce. The Yankees won 97 games last season, and with the improvements to their rotation, they should crack 100 this year and fend off the Red Sox, Rays and Blue Jays for yet another AL East crown.</p>

New York Yankees

Baltimore Orioles 2012 Preview

Can the O's compete with big boys in AL East?
<p> The Orioles have undergone a number of significant changes, but they’re mostly confined to the front office and scouting department. Unfortunately, this team needs more than just a few minor adjustments to the roster. It’s difficult to envision the Orioles getting out of last place this season. They’re trying to borrow the Rays’ blueprint, but a turnaround won’t happen overnight.</p>

Baltimore Orioles

Boston Red Sox 2012 Preview

Can Boston return to the playoffs?
<p> When September began, they led the AL East and owned the best record in baseball. When it ended, they owned the greatest collapse in baseball history, and the fallout swiftly claimed their manager, GM and training staff — not to mention their good standing with Boston sports fans. If the leaders in that clubhouse have any pride whatsoever, the Red Sox will bounce back in a big way.</p>

Boston Red Sox

Baseball's Pitching Changes: The AL Arms Race

Yankees, Rangers, Angels pin postseason aspirations on pitching makeovers
<p> A look at this offseason's significant pitching changes in the American League</p>

— by Mark Ross

Pitchers are scheduled to report to spring training in less than a month, and if Major League Baseball’s offseason is any indication, a lot of teams’ postseason hopes will be riding on those arms that will get tuned up in Florida and Arizona.

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