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AL East
AL East
LeagueAmerican League
SportMajor League Baseball
Founded1969
Championships
Most recent champion(s)Tampa Bay Rays
(3rd title)
Most titlesNew York Yankees (19)

The American League East is one of Major League Baseball (MLB)'s six divisions (an East, Central, and West division for each of the two leagues). This division was created before the start of the 1969 season along with the American League West division. Before that time the American League (AL) had existed as a single league of 10 teams.

Four of its five teams are located in the Eastern United States, with the other in Central Canada. It is currently the only division to contain a non-American team. At the end of the MLB season, the team with the best record in the division earns one of the American League's five playoff spots. The most recent team to win this division was the Tampa Bay Rays in 2020.

History

Writers have long posited that the American League East is the toughest division in MLB;[1][2] during its 50-year existence, an East division team has gone on to play in the World Series 27 times, and 16 of those teams have been crowned World Series champions. Since the 1995 season when the wild-card playoff berth was introduced, the AL East has produced 20 of the 31 wild-card teams for the American League (the West division seven, and the Central division five).

When the Major Leagues split into divisions for the 1969 season, the American League, unlike the National League, split its 12 teams strictly on geography. The six teams located in the Eastern Time Zone were placed in the East division, and the other six were placed in the West division.

In September 1971, American League owners approved the move of the second Washington Senators franchise to Arlington, Texas to become the Texas Rangers. The owners then debated whether the Chicago White Sox or Milwaukee Brewers should move to the East division for 1972, with the Rangers moving to the West. The White Sox requested they be moved to the East, stating they were an original American League franchise and wanted to play more games against other old-line A.L. teams, five of which were in the East.

The Oakland Athletics objected to moving the White Sox to the East; owner Charlie Finley was a Chicago native who wanted to continue to make three trips per season with his club to the Windy City. The Minnesota Twins went a step farther and objected to switching either the White Sox or Brewers. The Twins wanted to keep nearby Chicago and Milwaukee as division rivals, citing the National League's lack of geographic accuracy in forming its divisions as a reason why the Rangers should not have been shifted out of the East. The Twins also noted the National Football League's Dallas Cowboys played in the NFC East.

The White Sox' pleas fell on deaf ears, and the Brewers, who began as the Seattle Pilots in 1969, were moved to the East.

Division membership

Current members

Former members

Timeline

Years
AL East Division[A]
69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 00 01 02 03 04
Baltimore Orioles
Boston Red Sox
New York Yankees
Detroit Tigers [E]  
Cleveland Indians [D]  
Washington Senators [B]  
  Milwaukee Brewers [B][D]  
  Toronto Blue Jays [C]
  Tampa Bay Devil Rays [E]
Years
AL East Division[A]
05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19
Baltimore Orioles
Boston Red Sox
New York Yankees
Toronto Blue Jays
Tampa Bay Devil Rays Tampa Bay Rays [F]
  Team not in division   Division Won World Series   Division Won AL Championship   World Series canceled due to strike
A Creation of six-team division (Baltimore, Boston, Cleveland, Detroit, NY Yankees, Washington Senators) due to 1969 expansion
B Washington franchise moved to Dallas/Ft. Worth, became Texas Rangers and moved into AL West. Either Milwaukee or the Chicago White Sox would have had to move to the East, eventually it was decided that Milwaukee make the switch. Total teams remains at six.
C Toronto, the seventh team, is added in 1977 expansion
D Due to 1994 realignment, Cleveland and Milwaukee were moved to newly created AL Central. Division reduced to five teams.
E Tampa Bay added in 1998 expansion along with the Detroit Tigers moving to AL Central. Total teams remains at five.
F Tampa Bay Devil Rays become Tampa Bay Rays.

Champions by year

  • Team names link to the season in which each team played
Year Winner Record % Playoff Results
1969 Baltimore Orioles 109-53 .673 Won ALCS over Minnesota, 3-0
Lost World Series to New York (NL), 4-1
1970 Baltimore Orioles (2) 108-54 .667 Won ALCS over Minnesota, 3-0
Won World Series over Cincinnati, 4-1
1971 Baltimore Orioles (3) 101-57 .639 Won ALCS over Oakland, 3-0
Lost World Series to Pittsburgh, 4-3
1972 Detroit Tigers 86-70 .551 Lost ALCS to Oakland, 3-2
1973 Baltimore Orioles (4) 97-65 .599 Lost ALCS to Oakland, 3-2
1974 Baltimore Orioles (5) 91-71 .562 Lost ALCS to Oakland, 3-1
1975 Boston Red Sox 95-65 .594 Won ALCS over Oakland, 3-0
Lost World Series to Cincinnati, 4-3
1976 New York Yankees 97-62 .610 Won ALCS over Kansas City, 3-2
Lost World Series to Cincinnati, 4-0
1977 New York Yankees (2) 100-62 .617 Won ALCS over Kansas City, 3-2
Won World Series over Los Angeles (NL), 4-2
1978 New York Yankees (3)? 100-63 .613 Won ALCS over Kansas City, 3-1
Won World Series over Los Angeles (NL), 4-2
1979 Baltimore Orioles (6) 102-57 .642 Won ALCS over California, 3-1
Lost World Series to Pittsburgh, 4-3
1980 New York Yankees (4) 103-59 .636 Lost ALCS to Kansas City, 3-0
1981 New York Yankees (5)* 59-48 .551 Won ALDS over Milwaukee, 3-2
Won ALCS over Oakland, 3-0
Lost World Series to Los Angeles (NL), 4-2
1982 Milwaukee Brewers 95-67 .586 Won ALCS over California, 3-2
Lost World Series to St. Louis, 4-3
1983 Baltimore Orioles (7) 98-64 .605 Won ALCS over Chicago (AL), 3-1
Won World Series over Philadelphia, 4-1
1984 Detroit Tigers (2) 104-58 .642 Won ALCS over Kansas City, 3-0
Won World Series over San Diego, 4-1
1985 Toronto Blue Jays 99-62 .615 Lost ALCS to Kansas City, 4-3
1986 Boston Red Sox (2) 95-66 .590 Won ALCS over California, 4-3
Lost World Series to New York (NL), 4-3
1987 Detroit Tigers (3) 98-64 .605 Lost ALCS to Minnesota, 4-1
1988 Boston Red Sox (3) 89-73 .549 Lost ALCS to Oakland, 4-0
1989 Toronto Blue Jays (2) 89-73 .549 Lost ALCS to Oakland, 4-1
1990 Boston Red Sox (4) 88-74 .543 Lost ALCS to Oakland, 4-0
1991 Toronto Blue Jays (3) 91-71 .562 Lost ALCS to Minnesota, 4-1
1992 Toronto Blue Jays (4) 96-66 .593 Won ALCS over Oakland, 4-2
Won World Series over Atlanta, 4-2
1993 Toronto Blue Jays (5) 95-67 .586 Won ALCS over Chicago (AL), 4-2
Won World Series over Philadelphia, 4-2
1994§ No playoffs due to 1994-95 Major League Baseball strike
1995 Boston Red Sox (5) 86-58 .597 Lost ALDS to Cleveland, 3-0
1996 New York Yankees (6) 92-70 .568 Won ALDS over Texas, 3-1
Won ALCS over Baltimore, 4-1
Won World Series over Atlanta, 4-2
1997 Baltimore Orioles (8) 98-64 .605 Won ALDS over Seattle, 3-1
Lost ALCS to Cleveland, 4-2
1998 New York Yankees (7) 114-48 .704 Won ALDS over Texas, 3-0
Won ALCS over Cleveland, 4-2
Won World Series over San Diego, 4-0
1999 New York Yankees (8) 98-64 .605 Won ALDS over Texas, 3-0
Won ALCS over Boston, 4-1
Won World Series over Atlanta, 4-0
2000 New York Yankees (9) 87-74 .540 Won ALDS over Oakland, 3-2
Won ALCS over Seattle, 4-2
Won World Series over New York (NL), 4-1
2001 New York Yankees (10) 95-65 .594 Won ALDS over Oakland, 3-2
Won ALCS over Seattle, 4-1
Lost World Series to Arizona, 4-3
2002 New York Yankees (11) 103-58 .640 Lost ALDS to Anaheim, 3-1
2003 New York Yankees (12) 101-61 .623 Won ALDS over Minnesota, 3-1
Won ALCS over Boston, 4-3
Lost World Series to Florida, 4-2
2004 New York Yankees (13) 101-61 .623 Won ALDS over Minnesota, 3-1
Lost ALCS to Boston, 4-3
2005 New York Yankees (14)++ 95-67 .586 Lost ALDS to Los Angeles (AL), 3-2
2006 New York Yankees (15) 97-65 .599 Lost ALDS to Detroit, 3-1
2007 Boston Red Sox (6) 96-66 .593 Won ALDS over Los Angeles (AL), 3-0
Won ALCS over Cleveland, 4-3
Won World Series over Colorado, 4-0
2008 Tampa Bay Rays 97-65 .599 Won ALDS over Chicago (AL), 3-1
Won ALCS over Boston, 4-3
Lost World Series to Philadelphia, 4-1
2009 New York Yankees (16) 103-59 .636 Won ALDS over Minnesota, 3-0
Won ALCS over Los Angeles (AL), 4-2
Won World Series over Philadelphia, 4-2
2010 Tampa Bay Rays (2) 96-66 .593 Lost ALDS to Texas, 3-2
2011 New York Yankees (17) 97-65 .599 Lost ALDS to Detroit, 3-2
2012 New York Yankees (18) 95-67 .586 Won ALDS over Baltimore, 3-2
Lost ALCS to Detroit, 4-0
2013 Boston Red Sox (7) 97-65 .599 Won ALDS over Tampa Bay, 3-1
Won ALCS over Detroit, 4-2
Won World Series over St. Louis, 4-2
2014 Baltimore Orioles (9) 96-66 .593 Won ALDS over Detroit, 3-0
Lost ALCS to Kansas City, 4-0
2015 Toronto Blue Jays (6) 93-69 .574 Won ALDS over Texas, 3-2
Lost ALCS to Kansas City, 4-2
2016 Boston Red Sox (8) 93-69 .574 Lost ALDS to Cleveland, 3-0
2017 Boston Red Sox (9) 93-69 .574 Lost ALDS to Houston, 3-1
2018 Boston Red Sox (10) 108-54 .667 Won ALDS over New York (AL), 3-1
Won ALCS over Houston, 4-1
Won World Series over Los Angeles (NL), 4-1
2019 New York Yankees (19) 103-59 .636 Won ALDS over Minnesota, 3-0
Lost ALCS to Houston, 4-2
2020+++ Tampa Bay Rays (3) 40-20 .667 Won ALWC over Toronto, 2-0
Won ALDS over New York (AL), 3-2
Won ALCS over Houston, 4-3
Lost World Series to Los Angeles (NL), 4-2

? - In 1978, the New York Yankees ended up in a tie with the Boston Red Sox for the division championship, and won a 1-game playoff against Boston.

* - Due to the players' strike, the season was split. New York won the first half and defeated second-half champion Milwaukee (62-45) in the postseason.

§ - Due to the 1994 baseball strike starting August 12, no official winner was awarded. New York was leading at the strike.

++ - The Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees finished the 2005 season tied for first place with identical records. New York won the season series against Boston and was awarded the tie-breaker; Boston was awarded the wild card berth. Had a team from another division won the wild card, a one-game playoff would have decided the division champion.

+++ - Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the season was shortened to 60 games. By virtue of the eight-team postseason format used for that season, division runner-up New York Yankees (33-27, .550) also qualified for the playoffs. The Yankees won the ALWC over Cleveland, 2-0, but lost the ALDS to Tampa Bay, 3-2.

The Cleveland Indians were the only team to not win the AL East before the 1994 division realignment.

AL East statistics

Team Division
Championships
Year (s) Last Year Won Wild Card
Appearances
Division Series
Record
AL Championship Series
Record
World Series
Record
Current Teams in Division:
New York Yankees
19
1976-1978 1980, 1981, 1996-2006 2009, 2011, 2012, 2019
2019
7
11 - 8
11 - 3
7 - 4
Boston Red Sox
10
1975, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1995, 2007, 2013, 2016-2018
2018
7
7 - 6
6 - 5
4 - 2
Baltimore Orioles
9
1969-1971, 1973, 1974, 1979, 1983, 1997, 2014
2014
3
3 - 1
5 - 5
2 - 3
Toronto Blue Jays
6
1985, 1989, 1991-1993, 2015
2015
1
2 - 0
2 - 5
2 - 0
Tampa Bay Rays
3
2008, 2010, 2020
2020
3
2 - 3
1 - 0
0 - 1
Former Teams in Division:
Detroit Tigers
3
1972, 1984, 1987
1987
--
0 - 0
1 - 2
1 - 0
Milwaukee Brewers
1
1982
1982
--
0 - 1
1 - 0
0 - 1
Cleveland Indians
0
--
--
--
0 - 0
0 - 0
0 - 0
TOTAL
50
--
--
20
24 - 19
27 - 20
16 - 11

Wild Card winners produced

Since the advent of the Wild Card, AL East teams have faced each other in the ALCS 5 times and the ALDS twice.

See List of American League Wild Card winners (since 1994)
Year Winner Record % GB Playoff Results
1995 New York Yankees 79-65 .549 7 Lost ALDS to Seattle, 3-2
1996 Baltimore Orioles 88-74 .543 4 Won ALDS over Cleveland, 3-1
Lost ALCS to New York (AL), 4-1
1997 New York Yankees 96-66 .593 2 Lost ALDS to Cleveland, 3-2
1998 Boston Red Sox 92-70 .568 22 Lost ALDS to Cleveland, 3-1
1999 Boston Red Sox 94-68 .580 4 Won ALDS over Cleveland, 3-2
Lost ALCS to New York (AL), 4-1
2003 Boston Red Sox 95-67 .586 6 Won ALDS over Oakland, 3-2
Lost ALCS to New York (AL), 4-3
2004 Boston Red Sox 98-64 .605 3 Won ALDS over Anaheim, 3-0
Won ALCS over New York (AL), 4-3
Won World Series over St. Louis, 4-0
2005 Boston Red Sox 95-67 .586 0 Lost ALDS to Chicago (AL), 3-0
2007 New York Yankees 94-68 .580 2 Lost ALDS to Cleveland, 3-1
2008 Boston Red Sox 95-67 .586 2 Won ALDS over Los Angeles (AL), 3-1
Lost ALCS to Tampa Bay, 4-3
2009 Boston Red Sox 95-67 .586 8 Lost ALDS to Los Angeles (AL), 3-0
2010 New York Yankees 95-67 .586 1 Won ALDS over Minnesota, 3-0
Lost ALCS to Texas, 4-2
2011 Tampa Bay Rays 91-71 .562 6 Lost ALDS to Texas, 3-1
2012* Baltimore Orioles 93-69 .574 2 Won ALWC over Texas
Lost ALDS to New York (AL), 3-2
2013 Tampa Bay Rays** 92-71 .564 Won ALWC over Cleveland
Lost ALDS to Boston, 3-1
2015 New York Yankees 87-75 .537 6 Lost ALWC to Houston
2016 Toronto Blue Jays*** 89-73 .549 4 Won ALWC over Baltimore
Won ALDS over Texas, 3-0
Lost ALCS to Cleveland, 4-1
Baltimore Orioles*** 89-73 .549 4 Lost ALWC to Toronto
2017 New York Yankees 91-71 .562 2 Won ALWC over Minnesota
Won ALDS over Cleveland, 3-2
Lost ALCS to Houston, 4-3
2018 New York Yankees 100-62 .617 8 Won ALWC over Oakland
Lost ALDS to Boston, 3-1
2019 Tampa Bay Rays 96-66 .593 7 Won ALWC over Oakland
Lost ALDS to Houston, 3-2
2020**** Toronto Blue Jays 32-28 .533 8 Lost ALWC to Tampa Bay, 2-0

* - Starting with the 2012 season, there are two Wild Card winners in each league. The qualifiers play a single-game playoff to determine who will face the top-seeded team in the American League Division Series.

** In 2013, the Texas Rangers and the Tampa Bay Rays finished the season with the identical records of 91-71. A one-game playoff was held and the Rays won it 5-2 over the Rangers to capture the second Wild Card berth.

*** In 2016, the Toronto Blue Jays and the Baltimore Orioles finished the season with the identical records of 89-73. However, the Blue Jays won the right to host the Wild Card Game by virtue of their 10-9 regular-season record against the Orioles.

**** Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the season was shortened to 60 games.

Season results

(#) Denotes team that won the World Series
(#) Denotes team that won the American League pennant, but lost World Series
(#) Denotes team that qualified for the MLB postseason
Season Team (record)
1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th
1969 Baltimore (109-53) Detroit (90-72) Boston (87-75) Washington (86-76) N.Y. Yankees (80-81) Cleveland (62-99)
1970 Baltimore (108-54) N.Y. Yankees (93-69) Boston (87-75) Detroit (79-83) Cleveland (76-86) Washington (70-92)
1971 Baltimore (101-57) Detroit (91-71) Boston (85-77) N.Y. Yankees (82-80) Washington (63-96) Cleveland (60-102)
1972 Detroit (86-70) Boston (85-70) Baltimore (80-74) N.Y. Yankees (79-76) Cleveland (72-84) Milwaukee (65-91)
1973 Baltimore (97-65) Boston (89-73) Detroit (85-77) N.Y. Yankees (80-82) Milwaukee (74-88) Cleveland (71-91)
1974 Baltimore (91-71) N.Y. Yankees (89-73) Boston (84-78) Cleveland (77-85) Milwaukee (76-86) Detroit (72-90)
1975 Boston (95-65) Baltimore (90-69) N.Y. Yankees (83-77) Cleveland (79-80) Milwaukee (68-94) Detroit (57-102)
1976 N.Y. Yankees (97-62) Baltimore (88-74) Boston (83-79) Cleveland (81-78) Detroit (74-87) Milwaukee (66-95)
1977 N.Y. Yankees (100-62) Baltimore (97-64) Boston (97-64) Detroit (74-88) Cleveland (71-90) Milwaukee (67-95) Toronto (54-107)
1978 N.Y. Yankees[a] (100-63) Boston (99-64) Milwaukee (93-69) Baltimore (90-71) Detroit (86-76) Cleveland (69-90) Toronto (59-102)
1979 Baltimore (102-57) Milwaukee (95-66) Boston (91-69) N.Y. Yankees (89-71) Detroit (85-76) Cleveland (81-80) Toronto (53-109)
1980 N.Y. Yankees (103-59) Baltimore (100-62) Milwaukee (86-76) Detroit (84-78) Boston (83-77) Cleveland (79-81) Toronto (67-95)
1981 Milwaukee (62-47) Baltimore (59-46) N.Y. Yankees (59-48) Detroit (60-49) Boston (59-49) Cleveland (52-51) Toronto (37-69)
1982 Milwaukee (95-67) Baltimore (94-68) Boston (89-73) Detroit (83-79) N.Y. Yankees (79-83) Cleveland (78-84) Toronto (78-84)
1983 Baltimore (98-64) Detroit (92-70) N.Y. Yankees (91-71) Toronto (89-73) Milwaukee (87-75) Boston (78-84) Cleveland (70-92)
1984 Detroit (104-58) Toronto (89-73) N.Y. Yankees (87-75) Boston (86-76) Baltimore (85-77) Cleveland (75-87) Milwaukee (67-94)
1985 Toronto (99-62) N.Y. Yankees (97-64) Detroit (84-77) Baltimore (83-78) Boston (81-81) Milwaukee (71-90) Cleveland (60-102)
1986 Boston (95-66) N.Y. Yankees (90-72) Detroit (87-75) Toronto (86-76) Cleveland (84-78) Milwaukee (77-84) Baltimore (73-89)
1987 Detroit (98-64) Toronto (96-66) Milwaukee (91-71) N.Y. Yankees (89-73) Boston (78-84) Baltimore (67-95) Cleveland (61-101)
1988 Boston (89-73) Detroit (88-74) Milwaukee (87-75) Toronto (87-75) N.Y. Yankees (85-76) Cleveland (78-84) Baltimore (54-107)
1989 Toronto (89-73) Baltimore (87-75) Boston (83-79) Milwaukee (81-81) N.Y. Yankees (74-87) Cleveland (73-89) Detroit (59-103)
1990 Boston (88-74) Toronto (86-76) Detroit (79-83) Cleveland (77-85) Baltimore (76-85) Milwaukee (74-88) N.Y. Yankees (67-95)
1991 Toronto (91-71) Boston (84-78) Detroit (84-78) Milwaukee (83-79) N.Y. Yankees (71-91) Baltimore (67-95) Cleveland (57-105)
1992 Toronto (96-66) Milwaukee (92-70) Baltimore (89-73) Cleveland (76-86) N.Y. Yankees (76-86) Detroit (75-87) Boston (73-89)
1993 Toronto (95-67) N.Y. Yankees (88-74) Baltimore (85-77) Detroit (85-77) Boston (80-82) Cleveland (76-86) Milwaukee (69-93)
1994 N.Y. Yankees (70-43) Baltimore (63-49) Toronto (55-60) Boston (54-61) Detroit (53-62)
1995 (2)Boston (86-58) (4)N.Y. Yankees (79-65) Baltimore (71-73) Detroit (60-84) Toronto (56-88)
1996 (2)N.Y. Yankees (92-70) (4)Baltimore (88-74) Boston (85-77) Toronto (74-88) Detroit (53-109)
1997 (1)Baltimore (98-64) (4)N.Y. Yankees (96-66) Detroit (79-83) Boston (78-84) Toronto (76-86)
1998 (1)N.Y. Yankees (114-48) (4)Boston (92-70) Toronto (88-74) Baltimore (79-83) Tampa Bay (63-99)
1999 (1)N.Y. Yankees (98-64) (4)Boston (94-68) Toronto (84-78) Baltimore (78-84) Tampa Bay (69-93)
2000 (3)N.Y. Yankees (87-74) Boston (85-77) Toronto (83-79) Baltimore (74-88) Tampa Bay (69-92)
2001 (2)N.Y. Yankees (95-65) Boston (82-79) Toronto (80-82) Baltimore (63-98) Tampa Bay (62-100)
2002 (1)N.Y. Yankees (103-58) Boston (93-69) Toronto (78-84) Baltimore (67-95) Tampa Bay (55-106)
2003 (1)N.Y. Yankees (101-61) (4)Boston (95-67) Toronto (86-76) Baltimore (71-91) Tampa Bay (63-99)
2004 (1)N.Y. Yankees (101-61) (4)Boston (98-64) Baltimore (78-84) Tampa Bay (70-91) Toronto (67-94)
2005 (3)N.Y. Yankees[b] (95-67) (4)Boston (95-67) Toronto (80-82) Baltimore (74-88) Tampa Bay (67-95)
2006 (1)N.Y. Yankees (97-65) Toronto (87-75) Boston (86-76) Baltimore (70-92) Tampa Bay (61-101)
2007 (1)Boston[c] (96-66) (4)N.Y. Yankees (94-68) Toronto (83-79) Baltimore (69-93) Tampa Bay (66-96)
2008 (2)Tampa Bay (97-65) (4)Boston (95-67) N.Y. Yankees (89-73) Toronto (86-76) Baltimore (68-93)
2009 (1)N.Y. Yankees (103-59) (4)Boston (95-67) Tampa Bay (84-78) Toronto (75-87) Baltimore (64-98)
2010 (1)Tampa Bay (96-66) (4)N.Y. Yankees (95-67) Boston (89-73) Toronto (85-77) Baltimore (66-96)
2011 (1)N.Y. Yankees (97-65) (4)Tampa Bay (91-71) Boston (90-72) Toronto (81-81) Baltimore (69-93)
2012 (1)N.Y. Yankees (95-67) (5)Baltimore (93-69) Tampa Bay (90-72) Toronto (73-89) Boston (69-93)
2013 (1)Boston (97-65) (5)Tampa Bay[d] (92-71) N.Y. Yankees (85-77) Baltimore (85-77) Toronto (74-88)
2014 (2)Baltimore (96-66) N.Y. Yankees (84-78) Toronto (83-79) Tampa Bay (77-85) Boston (71-91)
2015 (2)Toronto (93-69) (4)N.Y. Yankees (87-75) Baltimore (81-81) Tampa Bay (80-82) Boston (78-84)
2016 (3)Boston (93-69) (4)Toronto[e] (89-73) (5)Baltimore (89-73) N.Y. Yankees (84-78) Tampa Bay (68-94)
2017 (3)Boston (93-69) (4)N.Y. Yankees (91-71) Tampa Bay (80-82) Toronto (76-86) Baltimore (75-87)
2018 (1)Boston (108-54) (4)N.Y. Yankees (100-62) Tampa Bay (90-72) Toronto (73-89) Baltimore (47-115)
2019 (2)N.Y. Yankees (103-59) (4)Tampa Bay (96-66) Boston (84-78) Toronto (67-95) Baltimore (54-108)
  • 2020: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the season was shortened to 60 games. The postseason field was expanded to eight teams and the wild-card round became a best-of-three series.
2020 (1)Tampa Bay (40-20) (5)N.Y. Yankees (33-27) (8)Toronto (32-28) Baltimore (25-35) Boston (24-36)
Notes and Tiebreakers
  • a New York and Boston were tied for the division championship and played in a tie-breaker game. The Yankees won 5-4 to claim the division crown.
  • b New York and Boston were tied for the division championship and wild-card berth but the Yankees claimed the division crown by winning the season series 10-9, relegating Boston to the wild-card spot. New York and Los Angeles of the American League West were also tied for the second and third seed but the Yankees were relegated to the third seed by losing the season series 6-4.
  • c Boston and Cleveland of the American League Central were tied for the first and second seed but the Red Sox claimed the top overall seed by winning the season series 5-2, relegating Cleveland to the second seed.
  • d Tampa Bay and Texas of the American League West were tied for the second wild-card berth and played in a tie-breaker game. The Rays won 5-2 to claim the second wild-card spot.
  • e Toronto and Baltimore were tied for both wild-card berths but the Blue Jays claimed the first wild-card spot by winning the season series 10-9, relegating Baltimore to the second wild-card spot.

See also

References

  1. ^ Leitch, Will. "MLB Preview: American League East". Sports on Earth. Archived from the original on 21 November 2018. Retrieved 2016.
  2. ^ Stark, Jayson. "Ranking MLB's six divisions". ESPN. Retrieved 2017.

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