MLB preview: A guide to the American League


TWO DAYS UNTIL SEASON OPENER: A Guide to the American League

National Post | Sports

Here’s a look at how the American League changed during the off-season and what to expect this year.

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EAST

On the rise
Toronto Blue Jays

They still haven’t played a meaningful game after Labour Day in 20 years, but Alex Anthopoulos’s remake of the Jays has the approval of Las Vegas bookmakers. Bovada lists them as the 15-4 favourite to win the American League.

In decline
New York Yankees

If age isn’t catching up to New York, then injuries are steamrolling the roster. Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter, Curtis Granderson and Mark Teixeira will open the season on the disabled list. The replacements — Travis Hafner, Kevin Youkilis and Vernon Wells — are on the wrong side of their prime. They’re pricey too, though that has never bothered the Yankees.

MVP
Evan Longoria, Rays

Injuries have…

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