Power Rankings: AL East returns world to its balance

by | Special to CBSSports.com

Updated April 26

From what I gather, all 30 of baseball's teams played games over the course of the last seven days. I imagine they provided thrills and chills, moments of high drama and low comedy. It's entirely possible that something cool happened, like a 5-2-6-4-2 double play or a no-hitter broken up in the ninth inning.

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But none of that and none of them matter, because the American League East is back, baby! At long last, it has reclaimed the divisional preeminence that is its birthright. The Red Sox blitzed the Jays, A's and Angels, while the Rays smothered the Twins, White Sox and Jays. Can an overall .500 division record be far behind? Mid-April seems SO two weeks ago.

It took a while, but finally my myriad biases -- towards capitalism, provincialism and especially towards the eastern time zone and its superior population densities -- have been confirmed. Never again shall I be forced to endure the massive indignity of watching a game that starts past the hour of 7:05 p.m. ET. Spoiler alert: I'm casting my MVP vote for Dustin Pedroia, whose early-season heroics have been nothing less than the most grandly inspirational individual performance since Gandhi did that one thing.

So what does this mean for you, the Power Rankings reader? A far less comprehensive slate of coverage, that's what. If the team you root for happens to be playing well, congratulations. Unfortunately, unless they're playing one of the titans of the AL East, I'm going to have to take your word for it.

From here on out, this column will be crowd-sourced so that I can focus my attention, laser-like, on the Yankees, Red Sox and Rays. Please send game recaps, opinions, "funny" lines and statistical effluvia my way via e-mail. Your submissions will be repurposed without attribution. Thank you in advance for doing a spell-check.


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