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Showalter: Division standings to loosen soon

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KANSAS CITY -- With clubs at or near the quarter pole in the 2014 season, there was only a 3 1/2-game difference between first and last place in the American League East entering Thursday's action. But Orioles manager Buck Showalter doesn't expect the division to be so bunched a month from now.

"Everybody starts separating about the middle of June," Showalter said. " At ESPN, they used to talk about it every year. We're getting into that stage of the season where teams start separating.

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KANSAS CITY -- With clubs at or near the quarter pole in the 2014 season, there was only a 3 1/2-game difference between first and last place in the American League East entering Thursday's action. But Orioles manager Buck Showalter doesn't expect the division to be so bunched a month from now.

"Everybody starts separating about the middle of June," Showalter said. " At ESPN, they used to talk about it every year. We're getting into that stage of the season where teams start separating.

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"A lot of clubs have tried to work their way through injuries. Everybody has them. That's why the 'what-ifs' are so important."

Robert Falkoff is a contributor to MLB.com.

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