Postseason problems revisited

AL East race is meaningless, future of wild-card expansion and realignment uncertain

Updated: August 13, 2011, 11:10 AM ET
By Jayson Stark | ESPN.com

It ought to be the best race in baseball. Ought to be.

It's Red Sox and Yankees -- two teams you might have heard about -- separated by one game in the standings, with 46 games to play.

If Major League Baseball, the ESPN television network and poets around the continent could design their perfect stretch-drive script, this would be it, right?

Except for one minor glitch:

It's all about as meaningful as the fourth quarter of an NFL preseason game.

Essentially ...

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