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Surprise! The Red Sox Are Only One Game Out Of First In The AL East

I don't know if you'll believe me if I say this, but the Boston Red Sox are just one game out of first place in the American League East.

One. Game.

If you didn't jump off the bridge in May, you probably wouldn't have ever thought the Sox could be this close.

After Friday night's 10-6 win over the Dodgers, the Red Sox's record is a very sexy 41-28. Their winning percentage sits at .594, the third best in baseball.

Nos. 1 and 2 are, of course, the Rays and Yankees. Tampa Bay and New York have identical 41-26 records after both teams lost on Friday night.

If the Red Sox were in any other division in baseball, they would be in first place and not having to worry about a wild card. But instead they play in the toughest division in baseball where they'll be fighting to the bone with the Rays and Yankees until game 162 is complete.

Here are the full AL East standings:

AL East Standings

New York 41 26 .611 0 Lost 3
Tampa Bay 41 26 .611 0 Lost 3
Boston 41 28 .594 1 Won 4
Toronto 37 31 .544 4.5 Won 2
Baltimore 18 48 .272 22.5 Lost 1

(updated 6.18.2010 at 11:13 PM EDT)

If you thought it was going to be a two-horse race at the end of April, you better reconsider that idea now.