AL East Preview: Be afraid, Jays fans

Rays closer Fernando Rodney will have to be sharp again to keep his team challening the Blue Jays...

Rays closer Fernando Rodney will have to be sharp again to keep his team challening the Blue Jays in the AL East. (Reuters)

BILL LANKHOF, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:27 PM ET

Major League Baseball’s East Division has seen more transmogrification and metamorphosis than Clark Kent in a phone booth.

What’s up, is down. The mighty have met their Delilah, and what’s old (See John Gibbons) is new.

The Yankees have gone from spendthrift to thrifty, from crafty to old and broken. Red Sox Nation splintered like a banana republic. In Baltimore, Buck Showalter is pulling rabbits out of a hat, along with wild-card playoff spots.

Oh, and the Blue Jays. Remember them? They once meant something in this country. In fact, there were a couple Octobers when they stopped traffic from Pincher Creek to Come-by-Chance.

Well, they’re back.

The Jays spent like Steinbrenner, transforming a club that has been stuck in neutral. Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle and Josh Johnson fell off the back of Miami Marlins owner Jeff Loria’s turnip truck. That, and a deal that brought R.A. Dickey from the Mets, has given GM Alex Anthopoulos a shiny, new rotat


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