Blue Jays AL East Recap: Jays Struggle to Use Momentum

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Jun 15, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Toronto Blue Jays designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion (10) celebrates with teammates after scoring a run during the fourth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 15, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Toronto Blue Jays designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion (10) celebrates with teammates after scoring a run during the fourth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports /
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Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports
Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports /

Orioles dispatch foes to take first

Baltimore Orioles: 40-28

The Orioles established their dominance over the East this week, dispatching the Red Sox to take sole possession of first place and later silencing the upstart Blue Jays to ensure that their superiority held.

Their bats were once again solid, but excellent pitching was their calling card for most of the week, supplementing their great offence and tight bullpen led by Brad Brach and Zach Britton.

Baltimore received support for their taxed rotation as Yovani Gallardo came off the disabled list and did what he does best: silence the Blue Jays. Putting him back into the rotation could inject some much-needed support to Baltimore’s weakest area and provide ace Chris Tillman with a much-needed wingman. The Orioles will start the next week without Manny Machado as he serves out the remaining three games of his four-game suspension.

Final Takeaway:
The Orioles spent this week consolidating power and ensuring they were the top dog in the division. With an appetizing schedule in front of them, they will look to further ensure they remain on top.

Next: Red Sox Down, but certainly not out

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