Everyone is above .500 in the American League East. The only division in baseball that can boast that, as well as a spread of only 6.5 games between first and fifth place. Snaps for you!
New York Yankees
The Yankees are hot off a series win against their borough-next-door neighbors the name-calling Mets, not to mention a whole spread of interleague dominance over the NL. The Yankees lead the majors in home runs this season with 110. Russell Martin missed the game Sunday to rest stiffness in his back, and always-lucky Joba Chamberlain was in a minor car accident, but was uninjured. On the offensive side of things, Nick Swisher, Robbie Cano and Mark Teixeira are going wild with big bats, and no doubt swinging their way into All-Star jerseys.
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The Baltimore Orioles
The O’s have won nearly all of their series this June … well despite being swept … by the Mets. The series included two back-to-back shutouts where the Mets scored 5 runs in each. For more sad news, Chris Davis’ magnificent oh-fer 28 slump at the plate cost him a scratch out of the lineup on Sunday. Sometimes tough calls like this are good for a guy though, and maybe Buck’s decision will help him swing back into action. Endy Chavez strained his hamstring and has been on the 15-day DL since June 14th. Forty-nine-year-old Jamie Moyer requested release from the Orioles and became a free agent on Saturday.
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Tampa Bay Rays
Good ole Jose Molina could be on pace for the most games started during a season, already at 36. The Rays might be setting other records as well, as the club has already penciled in 61 errors this season, a feat they hadn’t managed until early September last season. In other news, Luke Scott was on his way back to rejoin the troupe after a stint on the DL, but has decided to take on a minor league rehab assignment. Mark your calendars, ’cause June 30th is seventies night at the Trop! You won’t need a time machine to check out the Rays groovy throwback unis we saw Joe Maddon modeling.
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Boston Red Sox
The Sox are out of the 5-hole. For now. They are just two games behind third place Rays and one measly game ahead of the recently-fallen Jays. Cody Ross is back in action after spending time on the disabled list, but Kevin Youkilis is gone, gone. gone and heading to Chicago to meet and greet the White Sox, and hopefully more playing time. Will Middlebrooks, who proved his worth at DH, has stepped in to take over third base. Jacoby Ellsbury, recovering from a partially dislocated shoulder, took batting practice over the weekend, and Carl Crawford is DHing in his minor league rehab assignment after wrist surgery and a sprained UCL.
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Toronto Blue Jays
Adam Lind is back in blue after his demotion to the minors, and will rejoin the club for their series against the Red Sox this week. In a related move, Mike McCoy and David Cooper were assigned to affiliate Las Vegas. The Jays solidified their starting rotation since the great debacle when Kyle Drabek, Brandon Morrow, and Drew Hutchison were all placed on the 15-day DL. Jesse Chavez and Aaron Laffey have been written into the rotation. Also, Sergio Santos, who has been out for shoulder inflammation, is beginning rehab throwing, but there is still no time frame for his return..
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