Even with Opening Day right around the corner, there are still plenty of question marks surrounding the teams in the American League East. Here's a look at each team and their biggest concern heading into the 2015 season.
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Boston Red Sox: Are they going to pitch?
We all know about the Red Sox offense. They have about a hundred (or six) Major League-quality outfielders and proven veterans in the middle of the lineup. But will the rotation rise to the occasion? As it stands now, Clay Buchholz is the ace, which is good or bad, depending on how you look at that glass of water.
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Baltimore Orioles: Can they replace Nelson Cruz?
With down years and injuries plaguing the lineup in 2014, Nelson Cruz was a force in the middle of the order for the Orioles. It isn't a matter of who can replace him; it's a matter of if they will be able to. Manny Machado and Matt Wieters are rebounding from injuries. Chris Davis is coming off a down year. Will they have enough thump to push their way to another division crown?
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New York Yankees: Will Masahiro Tanaka stay healthy?
The Yankees rotation has plenty of potential, but a key piece will be Masahiro Tanaka. He will eventually need Tommy John surgery, and it's an if, not when, situation for the Japanese righty. If he can put together a full, healthy season to anchor the pitching staff, he can lead them to the top of the AL East.
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Tampa Bay Rays: Can the new management prove itself?
Manager Kevin Cash is unproven, as is new general manager Matt Silverman. However, Silverman thinks the team is at a better place now than it was at this time last season. As Evan Longoria said recently, everything is different for the Rays this season and only time will tell if these two can lead the Rays to success.
Toronto Blue Jays: Who plays the middle infield?
Jose Reyes is still productive at the plate, but his poor defense is getting worse. Last season, he made 19 errors. That isn't good. Meanwhile, there still isn't an answer at second base for the Blue Jays, as it could be one of Danny Valencia, Ryan Goins, Devon Travis or Ryan Tolleson. There are impact bats at the corners and in the outfield; if the Jays can figure out their middle infield, watch out.