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AL East This Week: Red Sox back on top

And the Jays continue to sit in third place

MLB: Atlanta Braves at Boston Red Sox Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

The Boston Red Sox are back on top, putting the New York Yankees back into second place. The Jays have remained stagnant in third place, while the Tampa Bay Rays and Baltimore Orioles stay in the last two places in the league. Here's what happened across the league this week.

Boston Red Sox (35-16)

This week the Red Sox sent down Hanley Rameriez on assignment and activated Dustin Pedroia. This was an interesting move to the Red Sox roster, but regardless, they shot back into first place in the division. They finished up their series with the Orioles last weekend, winning the third game 6-3 and the fourth 5-0. They moved on to another intradivision series. They won the first two games against the Tampa Bay Rays 4-2 and 4-1. The Rays bounced back for game three, winning 6-3.

Up next for the Red Sox is a four-game series against the Atlanta Braves. They won game one 6-2. Mookie Betts had his 17th home run Friday night in the 6-2 victory over the Braves. They will continue this series today at 1:05 EST.

New York Yankees (32-15)

Though they were moved out of first place in the division by the Red Sox this week, the AL East is still a neck-to-neck race, especially with the way the Yankees have been scoring lately. They finished off their games against the Kansas City Royals completely dominating. Game two ended 8-3 and game three ended 10-1. They took on the Texas Rangers next and began to crumble. They won game one 10-5, but it went downhill from there. Texas took game two 6-4 and game three 12-10.

Currently, the Yankees are playing the Los Angeles Angels in a three-game series. Game one went in favor of the Yankees 2-1. A low scoring game compared to what we’ve been used to seeing. Gleyber Torres had his fourth straight homer in tonights win. They’ll continue this series today at 7:15 EST.

Tampa Bay Rays (23-26)

The Tampa Bay Rays have been making some roster adjustments this week. They received pitcher Wilmer Font from the Oakland A’s and sent Denard Span and Alex Colome to the Seattle Mariners in exchange for two minor league pitchers, Andrew Moore and Tommy Romero.

Last week they finished up a series against the Los Angeles Angels. Game three was a Tampa Bay 5-3 victory, while game four went in LA’s favour 5-2. Like we talked about earlier, they lost two out of three games against the Boston Red Sox. They began a series against the Baltimore Orioles on Friday and lost game one 2-0. Again, relief pitcher Sergio Romo got the start but couldn’t bring home the victory. Game two in this series is today at 4:10 EST.

Baltimore Orioles (17-34)

Like I mentioned earlier, last week the Orioles were able to get one victory out of a four-game series against division rivals, the Boston Red Sox. They took on the Chicago White Sox next, the series ending in a 2-2 tie. The first game was in favour of the Orioles 3-2. Game two and three were victories for the White Sox, 3-2 and 11-1. The Orioles bounced back for game four, winning that one 9-3.

The Orioles took game one of their series against the Tampa Bay Rays, scoring two runs on relief pitcher turned starter Sergio Romo. They’ll pick that series back up today at 4:10 EST.

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