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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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Baltimore bounces back
Baltimore Orioles: 78-64

Fresh off of some down weeks, the Orioles roared back to life with a 4-2 week. Two consecutive series wins, combined with the downfall of the Blue Jays paved the way.

Baltimore now sits tied with the Jays just two games out of first. Additionally, they control either Wild Card Spot by two games. Their bounce-back, along with the Yankees’ resurgence has made the A.L. East race the most captivating race in baseball.

Four of five teams all are within 2.0 games of the playoffs, and they all play each other almost continuously until season’s end. The weekend victory against the Tigers was especially beneficial in securing the Orioles’ lead in the Wild Card race.

The Orioles backed their offensive showing with rotation dominance. Ubaldo Jimenez pitched two gems and ace Chris Tillman stepped off the disabled list to do exactly what he’s done all year: Dominate.

Baltimore’s offence was alive on all fronts, Adam Jones had an excellent weekend while MVP candidate Manny Machado had his third grand slam of 2016. It’s an uphill battle all the way, and the Orioles will have to prove that they are alive and kicking against the Red Sox to start the week. The Red Sox have ended up winners in their recent contests, but a rejuvenated Orioles team could stop their ascent.

Final Takeaway:

What a week does. Instead of being on the outside looking in, the Orioles are now one of four teams on a breakneck pace to the playoffs. From here on out every game matters.

Next: Bombing in the Bronx, the Yankees are alive

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