As the month of August approaches, the Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays have created a sizable gap between themselves and the rest of the A.L. East. They both have 63 wins and have opened up a comfortable lead over the rest of the pack; third-place Baltimore sits five games behind the first-place Rays and 4 1/2 behind the second-place Sox.
More than two months remain, but are Boston and Tampa Bay about to run away from the field and battle alone for the division crown?
Marc Bertrand, for one, believes a third team can still fight its way back into the race.
"I'm not counting out the Orioles yet," he said. "I know they're [five games out], but I'm still giving them a chance," Bertrand said. "I think what you saw from them last year was real and they're not terrible right now . . . [There's] still a lot of baseball left to play within this division."
What do you think? Will it be just the Sox and the Rays in the end, or will the Orioles join the party? Do the Yankees stand a chance? Do the Blue Jays have a miraculous run in them?
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