Here at Jays Journal we like to keep you up to date with breaking news, statistical analysis and opinion pieces on the players, staff and front office of the Toronto Blue Jays. But in the sports world the steps your opponents take on their team have an effect on your team, for better or for worse. That’s why we bring you a weekly feature where we look back on what took place among the other 4 AL East teams. It’s the AL East News & Notes: Week 13!
Tampa Bay Rays
-In a similar incident to J.A. Happ, in the same stadium at Tropicana Field, Alex Cobb was struck in the head by a line drive off the bat of Eric Hosmer. CNN says that he’s been diagnosed with a mild concussion, and let’s all hope there are no more complications and he can come back to play as soon as possible.
-Wil Myers might be called up very soon. Bleacher Report looks into what reciprocal move the Rays should make in the case of calling up their top prospect.
New York Yankees
-Mark Teixeira left Saturday’s game with an apparent wrist injury. According to USA Today, he joins a list of many injured Yankees players, like Alex Rodriguez and Kevin Youkilis.
-Mickey Mantle was one of the greatest players to grace the Yankees Pinstripes. Bleacher Report looks back at an incident that made his first edition card so rare and valuable.
Boston Red Sox
-A lot of good news if you’re a team that needs to make ground in the AL East (*cough Blue Jays cough*), now may be the time. As well as injured Yankees, Clay Buchholz may hit the DL too, as reported by the Boston Herald.
-Mike Napoli also looks to be suffering from the injury bug. His ailment is described as a “general illness,” according to the Boston Globe, although they are denying any sort of concussion problems. A likely story.
-It’s teams like the Orioles that do well the more each individual brings towards a win. The Baltimore Sun details T.J. McFarland and how crucial he’s been for the team in a long relief role.
-Alexi Casilla might be the worst base runner in the majors. Domenic Vadala of Birds Watcher details how a huge base running blunder might have cost the Orioles a win at the end of Saturday’s game.
Weekly AL East Standings (Overall Standings)
Baltimore 5-2 (39-30)
Toronto 4-2 (31-36)
Boston 4-3 (42-28)
Tampa Bay 2-5 (36-32)
New York 1-5 (37-31)