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Red Sox, Yankees no longer playoff givens

Originally Published: May 5, 2005
By Sean McAdam | Special to ESPN.com

As it turns out, perhaps the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox do not have a stranglehold on half the playoff spots in the American League after all. Three times in the last six seasons – including the last two in a row – the Yankees have finished first and the Red Sox second. Each time, the teams went on to meet in an epic ALCS clash.

This year, there was little evidence to suggest the field was going to change. The Red Sox, fresh off their World Series victory, improved ...

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