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Blue Jays AL East Recap: Jays Perched on Top

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Aug 14, 2016; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin (55) catches a foul ball for an out during the seventh inning in a game against the Houston Astros at Rogers Centre. The Toronto Blue Jays won 9-2. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 14, 2016; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin (55) catches a foul ball for an out during the seventh inning in a game against the Houston Astros at Rogers Centre. The Toronto Blue Jays won 9-2. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports /
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Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports
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Yankees surge into the mix
New York Yankees: 60-57

The Yankees rode a four-game win streak to a 4-2 week, and forced the question of whether or not they were legitimate Wild Card contenders. Despite being 6.5 games back in the East, they are only 4.5 back in the Wild Card, good enough for fourth overall.

New York got quality production from quite a few young stars who have added a fresh jolt into a once-aged roster. Moving Carlos Beltran to the Rangers and shifting Alex Rodriguez from player to an “advisory” position has allowed the Yankees to creatively use the influx of new talent they have. The Yankees rotation was lifted by their offence, despite a worse than usual week.

With these changes, the Yankees are now enjoying the best of both worlds. After acquiring the lion’s share of prospects at the trade deadline, they are also enjoying a playoff race with no strings attached.

They have planned for the future, but the new-look Yankees the world saw this week may be able to propel their city to the postseason this year.

Final Takeaway:

The Yankees will get the perfect opportunity as they host the Blue Jays to start the week. It’ll be the new-look-Yankees’ first real test.

Next: Rays Have found a new identity

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