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Blue Jays and the full AL East Recap: Week 5

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May 8, 2016; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons (5) takes the ball from relief pitcher Jesse Chavez (30) in the ninth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Rogers Centre. The Dodgers won 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Sousa-USA TODAY Sports
May 8, 2016; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons (5) takes the ball from relief pitcher Jesse Chavez (30) in the ninth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Rogers Centre. The Dodgers won 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Sousa-USA TODAY Sports /
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Baltimore Maintains Advantage in AL East

Baltimore Orioles: 18-12

It was another dominant week for the Orioles as they won both series’ against the Yankees and the Athletics and regained the lead in the AL East. To go with their already productive offence, the Orioles rotation had a nice bounce back from the previous few weeks.

Baltimore got closer Zach Britton back, as well, which came in handy as the Orioles won late on multiple occasions this week.

The real highlight for the Orioles pitching staff continues to be Chris Tillman, who has asserted himself as the ace of the staff and his successes have helped the Orioles rotation to stay afloat long enough for their offence to push them over the edge.

It is important that both series’ wins for the Orioles did come against two struggling teams in the Yankees and Athletics, both of whom are faring worse than the Blue Jays thus far.

They will continue this trend by playing both the lowly Twins and struggling Tigers this next week.

Final Takeaway:

Success from Tillman and continued offensive proficiency has helped the Orioles to maintain pace atop the league. As they continue to play under .500 teams they should continue to wrack up wins.

Next: Red Sox In the Thick of it

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