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Hot Tigers sweep Red Sox

We're one-fourth of the way through the MLB regular season, give or take, and very few teams have asserted themselves dramatically. One that has: the Detroit Tigers, who moved to 27-12 after completing a three-game sweep of the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. The scary part? Two-time defending American League MVP Miguel Cabrera is only just now heating up, meaning the best could yet be in store for the runaway AL Central leaders. What is the future for Detroit? What to make of the defending-champion Boston Red Sox (20-23)? And what of MLB's other surprises?

  • How many games will the Detroit Tigers win?

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  • How will the Tigers fare in the postseason?

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  • How will the Red Sox fare in 2014?

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  • Which team will win the AL East?

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  • Outside the Tigers and A's, which team is the biggest threat to win the American League?

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  • Which of these teams is most for real?

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  • Which of these division winners from 2013 has been the biggest disappointment?

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  • Which team will win the World Series?

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Reason for Red Sox to worry?

With a 3-2 victory Sunday night, the New York Yankees sealed a series win against the Boston Red Sox, taking three of four. This moved the Yankees into a tie for first atop the AL East (7-6), and pushed the Sox farther into last at 5-8. Now, it's early. Very early. But is it too early to start drawing conclusions about defending-champion Boston?

How worried should Red Sox fans be about the team's 5-8 start?

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  • Which team will finish with the better record?

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  • Will the Red Sox and Yankees make the playoffs this year?

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  • Which team will win the AL East?

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  • Has the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry lost intensity?

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David Ortiz gets extension

Looks like the marriage between David Ortiz and the Boston Red Sox will last at least two more years. According to a league source, the two sides agreed to add another year to Ortiz's contract, keeping him on board through 2015. How many years does Ortiz have left as an elite designated hitter? Is he the best of all time?

  • How many more years does David Ortiz have as an elite DH?

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  • How will the Red Sox fare in 2014?

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  • Will David Ortiz play the rest of his career with the Red Sox?

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  • Who is the greatest designated hitter of all time?

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Over the next week, Buster Olney will be ranking the 10 best in MLB in a variety of categories. He starts with the top 10 lineups. As one executive noted to Olney, "When you start looking at the projected lineups for 2014, there are not many dominant lineups. Most clubs have a couple of spots that have young players, or players returning from injuries. So almost all have a couple of questions." Click here to see Olney's top 10 Insider and submit your own ballot by clicking on the images below.

Baseball's top 10 lineups

A's

A's

Pictured: Yoenis Cespedes

Angels

Angels

Pictured: Mike Trout

Cardinals

Cardinals

Pictured: Allen Craig

Indians

Indians

Pictured: Nick Swisher

Rangers

Rangers

Pictured: Prince Fielder

Red Sox

Red Sox

Pictured: David Ortiz

Rockies

Rockies

Pictured: Carlos Gonzalez

Royals

Royals

Pictured: Alex Gordon

Tigers

Tigers

Pictured: Miguel Cabrera

Yankees

Yankees

Pictured: Jacoby Ellsbury

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Jacoby Ellsbury to the Yankees

Hello, Johnny Damon 2.0. Like the World Series-winning Boston Red Sox center fielder before him, Jacoby Ellsbury reportedly is making the short trip down Interstate 95 to the New York Yankees. It's not for lack of reasons -- around $153 million of them over seven years. Is this a good move for New York? Will the Yankees be back in 2014?

What do you make of the Yankees reportedly signing CF Jacoby Ellsbury to a seven-year deal worth about $153 million?

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  • If you were a Yankees fan, how worried would you be about Jacoby Ellsbury's injury history (144 missed games in 2010, 88 missed in 2012)?

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  • How will the Yankees fare in 2014?

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  • Is baseball better when the Yankees are competitive?

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  • Do you have a problem with star players signing for their previous teams' rivals, a la Jacoby Ellsbury?

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