AL preview: Time for Royals to rise?

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The Globe’s Nick Cafardo forecasts how the American League will play out in 2014.

Can the Red Sox repeat or will the Rays rise to the top in a strong AL East?

Is this finally the year that James Shields and the Royals break their long playoff drought? Are the Tigers slipping in the AL Central?

Are the Angels in trouble if Josh Hamilton and Albert Pujols can’t return to elite status?

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