AL East Round Up: Mother’s Day Edition

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Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

New York Yankees

The Yankees have slipped out of first place. I just wanted to write that. They sit at just 3  games above .500. I really thought this would be the time when teams start to separate in this division. It hasn’t really happened.

It seems like every week I’m writing about Masahiro Tanaka. Except, he deserves it. I’m not so sure any human being is worth the kind of money he’s being paid (let alone Clayton Kershaw‘s fat stacks), but he certainly is returning on the Yankees investment. Take a look:

Wow! He is on pace for 24 wins and 282 (!) strikeouts! Gulp. Compare that with just 34 walks that he is on pace for. The Yankees may have gotten a discount. He’s certainly my pick for early AL Rookie of the Year…maybe even MVP.

Perhaps someone who might give him competition for R.O.Y. might be his teammate Yangervis Solarte.

He’s on pace for 101 RBI! What is odd is that he is only on pace to score 61 runs. Clearly, he is helping his team more than they are helping him.

As well, Spencer Fordin of MLB.com tells us that the Yankees will retire Joe Torre‘s number 6. Celebratory Brett Lawrie High Five to Mr Torre.

I want to end the Yankees bit with the story of the Brewers fan who ran on the field to ask Derek Jeter for a hug. Yes, the guy was arrested, but it is kind of awesome. I wouldn’t mind a hug from “The Captain”, myself. Uh….I mean……In true Jeter fashion, he took it in stride and never panicked. Speaking of Jeter, the farewell tour has started. The Angels presented him with a paddle board, of all things:

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