Blue Jays AL East Recap: Blue Jays fighting for first

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Sep 4, 2016; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays relief pitcher Joaquin Benoit (53) throws a pitch during the seventh inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 4, 2016; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays relief pitcher Joaquin Benoit (53) throws a pitch during the seventh inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports /
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Mandatory Credit: Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports
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Red Sox close the gap
Boston Red Sox: 76-60

The Red Sox were up to their normal tricks again, as their offence smashed their way to a 4-2 record. Boston won both series during the week, and sit one game outside of first.

Boston’s offence averaged almost eight runs a game through the course of the week. Boston saw some quality start, including a no-hit bid by Eduardo Rodriguez in last nights walk off loss to the Athletics. They get another easy contest coming up with three games against the Padres to start the week. The end of the week features that big A.L. East series against the Blue Jays. Early on in the season, the Red Sox outperformed the Baltimore Orioles in similar games.

The Red Sox added a catcher and two relievers to their expanded roster, alleviating needs in some of their key areas. Boston will also activate veteran reliever Koji Uehara from the disabled list. September call ups in addition to Uehara’s addition should help a rotation that has struggled recently.

Knuckleballer Steven Wright will once again miss a start, forcing on again, off again starter Clay Buchholz to fill in on Tuesday. Rick Porcello delivered another terrific outing, and picked up his Major League leading 19th win of the season. David Price continues to improve, further obscuring his weak start to the season.

Final Takeaway:

The Red Sox have fought hard to ensure the Blue Jays lead wasn’t to great. Now with that lead thinned, the Red Sox have a chance to strike and claim first once and for all.

Next: Orioles struggle, slipping slowly in the race

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