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Blue Jays AL East Recap: Blue Jays Continue to Soar

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Jun 5, 2016; Boston, MA, USA; Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Marco Estrada (25) reacts after a line drive by Boston Red Sox first baseman Hanley Ramirez (not pictured) is caught by Toronto Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista (not pictured) to end the seventh inning at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 5, 2016; Boston, MA, USA; Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Marco Estrada (25) reacts after a line drive by Boston Red Sox first baseman Hanley Ramirez (not pictured) is caught by Toronto Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista (not pictured) to end the seventh inning at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports /
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Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports
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Blue Jays Narrow the gap in the AL East

Each week, Jays Journal will take a look at the bigger picture of the AL East to help frame not only where the Blue Jays are in the standings, but why they are there.

Baltimore Orioles: 32-23
Boston Red Sox: 33-24
Toronto Blue Jays: 31-27
New York Yankees: 26-30
Tampa Bay Rays: 25-30

It was another brilliant week for the Blue Jays as they dominated the Yankees for their first sweep of the season. They then secured their 5th consecutive series win by hanging on to beat the Red Sox on Sunday afternoon.

They Jays have now edged themselves within 2.5 games of the lead in the AL East and are four games above .500 for the first time this season.

It was a week of consistency on all ends of the spectrum. The Blue Jays strong rotation delivered multiple times, the offence provided no less than four runs per game, and the bullpen (boosted by newly acquired Jason Grilli) held on in multiple games. It finally appears that the Jays have turned the corner and worked out their offensive woes. Only time will tell if the Blue Jays ‘pen has also begun turning that corner.

Final Takeaway:
Just two weeks after landing at the bottom of the AL East, the Blue Jays capitalized on four straight series wins against division foes, firmly entrenching themselves in the battle for the Division title.

With the Blue Jays surging, let’s take a look at the division around them…

Next: Orioles Hang Tight with Boston

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