AL East Round Up: Drama Edition

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May 31, 2014; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher

Masahiro Tanaka

(19) delivers a pitch in the sixth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

New York Yankees

Despite being in 2nd place, the Yankees are a bit of a mess right now. They are banged up. Mark Teixeira is dealing with an injured wrist…again according to Alex Halsted of Reliever Shawn Kelly is coming back from injury. Carlos Beltran is too. Bryan Hoch of tells us that Beltran just took some “game speed” batting practice. Apparently, his elbow feels good. And, apprently, Michael Pineda is more of a mess (physically) than we thought. According to Bryan Hoch, he suffered a set back in his attempt to come back from injury.

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    Perhaps the only good news for the Evil Empire is the performance of Masahiro Tanaka. It seems I am writing about him every week. It’s just that he is worth it. He currently sits at 8-1 with a 2.06 ERA. His 88 K’s to 12 BB is amazing and his 0.953 WHIP leads the league. Not only is he my early pick for Rookie of the Year (it’s not even close), he may actually be the only one who could beat Mark Buehrle for the 2014 Cy Young award. In fact, if I had a vote, I’d send it Tanaka’s way, as much as I am loathe to celebrate any Yankee. Given that the Yankees are such a mess and still well within striking distance, he may even get some nods for MVP. Take a look as he dominates the Minnesota Twins.

    Finally, the Derek Jeter farewell tour took a stop in St Louis. The Cardnials presented “The Captain” with a pair of Stan Musial cuff links and a cheque for his Turn 2 foundation. I find it odd that they would present Jeter with a gift that does not even recognize HIM. Instead, they took the opportunity to tout one of their own. Weird.