- The Washington Times - Monday, August 20, 2007

With six weeks left in the season, there is still a race in every division.

The fate of many teams depends on the improved health of key players. For others, it’s the hope that things keep going well.

Here is what each team needs to do to win its division:

AL East

The Boston Red Sox will win the division if they stop letting reliever Eric Gagne pitch.

Gagne, who was acquired in a deadline deal, is 1-1 with a 12.86 ERA in seven innings for the Red Sox. He has given up a run in five of his eight appearances.

The New York Yankees can win the division if they beat the Red Sox. The rivals have six games left against each other.

AL Central

The Cleveland Indians can win the division if Fausto Carmona and C.C. Sabathia continue to carry the starting rotation.

Paul Byrd has been passable. Jake Westbrook, Cliff Lee and Jeremy Sowers have been horrific.

The Detroit Tigers can win the division if they get well soon.

All-Stars Ivan Rodriguez and Placido Polanco and outfielder Craig Monroe have been out with the flu. Ace Justin Verlander and closer Todd Jones haven’t been feeling well either.

AL West

The Los Angeles Angels can win the division if they play the rest of their games at home. The Angels are 40-17 there and 32-34 on the road.

The Seattle Mariners can win the division if J.J. Putz saves 13 more games, giving him 49 for the season. That would put the Mariners at about 93 wins.

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