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MLB 2013: American League team checklist

Where the teams stand in the American League for this season.

EAST DIVISION

Tampa Bay Rays Cy Young winner David Price anchors a rotation of talented young pitchers. Offence not scary, but it's enough.

Toronto Blue Jays The addition via trade of Jose Reyes and RA Dickey makes them contenders.

New York Yankees Sun setting on a super team; Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter, Curtis Granderson, Mark Teixeira all injured.

Baltimore Orioles Last year's surprise becomes this year's disappointment as pitching falls apart.

Boston Red Sox A fallen franchise needed more than mid-level free agents like Shane Victorino, Mike Napoli, et al.

CENTRAL DIVISION

Detroit Tigers MVP Miguel Cabrera and ace Justin Verlander should dominate league's weakest division.

Chicago White Sox The pitching of Chris Sale and Jake Peavy might keep them in the race, for a time.

Cleveland Indians New manager Terry Francona has decent hitters but the pitching is a mess.

Kansas City Royals Touted "kids" Mike Moustakas, Alex Gordon, Eric Hosmer are neither kids anymore, nor enough.

Minnesota Twins Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau are healthy, but they have very little help.

WEST DIVISION

Los Angeles Angels Money talks, but the youngster Mike Trout, baseball's biggest bargain, will lead the club to the play-offs.

Oakland Athletics Not much money, but elite pitching and a rising star in Yoenis Cespedes.

Texas Rangers Losing Josh Hamilton to the Angels was a double blow. The pitching staff will notice he's gone.

Seattle Mariners Felix Hernandez is a gem, but Dustin Ackley, Justin Smoak and Kyle Seager remain unpolished.

Houston Astros Baseball's worst team will shuffle through the kids in search of a respectable future.

Post-season Rays, Tigers, Angels, Blue Jays (wild card), Athletics (wild card)