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Yankees-Red Sox: soon with more intensity

If you're the type of fan who wants Yankees-Red Sox to look more like a UFC fight than a baseball game, the 2012 season should be a fun one.

That whole second Wild Card team thing seems like it might happen, and that would only mean a more intense rivalry between the two AL East juggernauts.

I mean, if your choices are A) Win the AL East or B) Face Justin Verlander in a one-game playoff ... well, those intradivision games just got kicked up a notch.