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Open door to MLB superpower status

As season starts, Tigers, Rangers and Angels could join Red Sox and Yankees

Originally Published: April 4, 2012
By Howard Bryant | ESPN.com

The Boston Red Sox were the American League's first true power with six pennants in the AL's first 18 years. Eventually, the New York Yankees replaced them as the enduring dynasty of American sports. And, since 1995, when the strike ended and baseball began to enjoy the influx of local cable television money, the Red Sox and Yankees have been essentially the only two teams in baseball to dominate the playing field, the television ratings, the player payroll structure and the imaginations of free-agent ...

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