Thanks to youngster Slade Heathcott delivering magic against the Rays, the New York Yankees are still aiming high for the AL East title.

By Robby Sabo

The AL East is still a three game difference between the second place New York Yankees and divisional leading Toronto Blue Jays.

The way everybody is talking about the race, however, you’d think the difference might be over 10 games.

It makes complete sense after the way Toronto just stomped on the Yankees’ throats all weekend long at the stadium. They took the first game behind David Price on Friday night and then promptly ripped their hearts out in a doubleheader on Saturday.

Save for a Masahiro Tanaka gem on Sunday Joe Girardi’s club was completely dead.

Naturally, heading into Monday night’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays, only keeping their comfy AL Wild Card lead intact remained of the utmost importance.

It’s funny though. Sometimes baseball has a tricky way of presenting opportunities to a club who has no business of receiving one.

Here are five reasons the New York Yankees can still win the AL East.

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