Blue Jays AL East Recap: Jays plummet from the top spot

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Sep 11, 2016; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays relief pitcher Joe Biagini (31) kicks at the mound as Boston Red Sox first baseman Hanley Ramirez (13) rounds the bases after hitting a home run in the fifth inning at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 11, 2016; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays relief pitcher Joe Biagini (31) kicks at the mound as Boston Red Sox first baseman Hanley Ramirez (13) rounds the bases after hitting a home run in the fifth inning at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports /
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Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports
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Boston in Command
Boston Red Sox: 80-62

The Boston Red Sox followed consecutive series wins to a 4-2 week, and division lead. While the Jays fumbled against the Yankees early in the week, the Red Sox gained the lead and did not relinquish it.

They further consolidated their lead by taking two of three against the Jays to end the week. With the rest of the A.L. East spending their time duelling among themselves, every game will be key. With Boston, Toronto, Baltimore, and New York all in contention every series will matter over the final few weeks of the season.

Boston’s offence led the charge, as it usually does, outscoring opponents 40-19. David Ortiz now sits at 18th on the all-time home run list after his go-ahead home run last night. The only other time Ortiz homered off Joaquin Benoit was a grand slam to tie game two of the 2013 ALCS.

Boston’s rotation has continued to perform better than ever. Rick Porcello now leads all of baseball with 20 wins while David Price continued a string of hot starts.

Final Takeaway:

The Red Sox are hot at the right time. While their opponents have stumbled, they have succeeded. Don’t expect Boston to slow down any time soon.

Next: Orioles back at it, locked up with Jays

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