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The Salina Journal Sunday, March 31, 1985 Page 19 AL East is Monster Division' ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Dave Winfield ticked them off one- by-one. — "Detroit won it all last year. — "Toronto has been knocking on the door for the past three years, and their talent is maturing. —"Baltimore had an off year after winning it all in 1983. Now, they've got Fred Lynn. They're firing up. —"Boston's got possibly the best defensive team in baseball, and all that hitting. —"Cleveland and Milwaukee. They're no pushovers. —"And the Yankees? If we have a weakness, it's our pitching. We'll have to see who's on the staff. "Any of the top five teams could win it." Winfield, the New York Yankees' right fielder, was regaling reporters with the strengths of the American League East — the Monster Division. Baltimore Manager Joe Altobelli concurs: "It's the toughest division there is. So does Boston Manager John McNamara, who calls the AL East "the toughest division in baseball." Even Sparky Anderson, who led Detroit to a runaway East Division title in 1984 before capturing the World Series, says the Tigers are prepared for a battle "in the American League East, the best division in baseball." Last season, the Tigers won the division by 16 games over Toronto after starting the season with a 35-5 record. The Yankees were two games back of Toronto, followed by Boston and Baltimore, each a game farther behind. Erase the Tigers' fast start and it would have been a Are You Concerned? About the exterior of your home making It through another year, or those high utility bills? We can show you how to tighten up your home, make It maintenance free so you never need to paint again. Let us give you a no obligation estimate today. Local Company All Work Guarantied CENTRAL SIDING AND INSULATION Over is Years Combined Experience B27-3566 Days 823-5313 Evenings Tom Richard Harding Simmons five-team race. "The Tigers ran away with it last year," says Rickey Henderson, who moved over from AL West last December when he was traded from Oakland to New York. "That happens once in a blue moon. It won't happen again. They're good, they'll be in it, but it will be a dogfight." Detroit is the only team in the division with much the same look as last season. The Tigers' sole major transaction was the acquisition of right-handed pitcher Walt Terrell, who joins Jack Morris, Milt Wilcox and Dan Petry in one of the best starting rotations in the game. In the meantime, the other teams all improved themselves. Toronto shored up its major weakness by trading for Bill Caudill and Gary Lavelle, giving the Blue Jays one of the best right-lefty relief combinations in the league. "Toronto is the most improved club of all," says Boston outfielder Dwight Evans. The Yankees acquired Henderson, free agent pitcher Ed Whitson, catcher Ron Hassey and infielder Dale Berra. Henderson adds offense, and the Yankees hope Whitson can continue to improve as he did for San Diego in 1984. Yankees Manager Yogi Bei:>, says Henderson "gives us the speed we need at the top of our lineup. Now, we've got somebody who can score a lot of runs, and we've got somebody for Don Mattingly and Dave Winfield to drive in." Boston signed free-agent pitcher Bruce Kison, whom Evans calls "a great acquisition." "He fills out our staff and will help our all those great young arms we have," Evans says. Home run and RBI king Tony Armas, Jim Rice and Evans may make up the best outfield in baseball, certainly in the American League. "You'd have to do some heavy thinking to find an outfield better, or even comparable, to ours both offensively and defensively," McNamara says. Baltimore signed three free agents, Lee Lacy from Pittsburgh, and Fred Lynn and Don Aase from California. Lynn and Lacy will help overcome a team slump that saw the Orioles' production drop by 118 runs from their World Series championship year of 1983. "It's obvious we're going to score some runs when you've got a lineup with Cal Ripken and Eddie Murray in it," Lynn says. "All I want to do is bat next to them." Cleveland signed free-agent pitcher Vern Ruhle, who will move into a starting rotation that also includes Bert Blyleven and probably Neal Heaton and Rick Behenna as well. But the deal the Indians made last June with the Chicago Cubs for outfielders Mel Hall and Joe Carter may hold the key to their future. "You've got to see some of their pitching, especially Blyleven," Evans says. "And they made a great deal with the Cubs." Milwaukee swapped Don Button to Oakland for Ray Burris, then got another pitcher, Danny Darwin, from Texas in a four-team deal that sent catcher Jim Sundberg to Kansas City. The key, however, could be the return of injured players Paul Molitor, Pete Vukovich, Robin Yount and Rollie Fingers. All of them are supposed to be back, in varying states of readiness, for 1985. Molitor, who led the league in runs (136) and at-bats (666) in 1982, missed almost the entire 1984 season with a rotator cuff injury, and McNamara says if he returns, "Milwaukee could give teams some real trouble." "I'd say five teams could win," McNamara calculates, "but there's not one pushover." All this adds up to the toughest division in baseball, and one of the best divisions — top to bottom — in recent memory. At least that's the way Winfield and Evans recall it. "Detroit, Toronto, New York, Baltimore, Milwaukee, Cleveland — those are the teams to beat," says Evans, "and us. 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