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The entire division could be bunched up. The team with the fewest injuries, the one that makes the best in-season acquisitions, likely will emerge from the pack.
“I think you could argue it’s the toughest the division has ever been,” Girardi said. “With the improvement Baltimore made last year, that Toronto made in the offseason . . . Tampa Bay is always going to be there and Boston is always going to be there.”
The Yankees, along with the Red Sox and the Orioles, are most often mentioned to finish last in the AL East. All of them also could finish first. It’s shaping up as that type of season, at least here in March.
“There’s four weeks of spring training left and that’s a long time,” Girardi said. “We hope to have some answers. We hope they’re internal answers because we have a lot of people here hungry to make this team. There are a lot of good things. We just have to get healthy and stay healthy.”
That’s the ageless question.