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Path of least resistance for Yankees

Which contenders have it easy (Yankees) and which ones don't (Giants) could decide who's playing this fall.

Originally Published: July 19, 2004
By Buster Olney | ESPN The Magazine

Nobody could have imagined three months ago that teams might be thrilled to play the Houston Astros down the stretch, or that the Texas Rangers would become such a daunting force playing in their home park. There will be more shifts, slides and ascents in the last weeks of the regular season, particularly after the contenders tweak and twist their rosters.

But some teams will have distinct advantages -- or disadvantages -- with the way their schedule falls in the second half of the season. ...

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