Blue Jays AL East Recap: Signs of Life

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Apr 23, 2017; Anaheim, CA, USA; Toronto Blue Jays center fielder Kevin Pillar celebrates with teammates after hitting a home run against the Los Angeles Angels in the 8th inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 23, 2017; Anaheim, CA, USA; Toronto Blue Jays center fielder Kevin Pillar celebrates with teammates after hitting a home run against the Los Angeles Angels in the 8th inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports /
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Apr 22, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman (54) and catcher Austin Romine (27) celebrate after defeating the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park. The Yankees won 11-5. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 22, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman (54) and catcher Austin Romine (27) celebrate after defeating the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park. The Yankees won 11-5. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports /

Yankees Regress
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After winning 5 straight games last week, the Yankees streak was ended by the Tigers to start the week. Their misfortunes continued as they dropped the weekend series against the Pirates and former teammate Ivan Nova. The Yankees still cling onto the second spot in the East, but only by a hair. They’ll have to battle the resurgent Red Sox for that spot. It won’t take long, as they open the week in Boston. Luis Severino will have to square off against reigning Cy Young Rick Porcello.

When the Yankees weren’t being stifled by opposing pitching, they were hitting the ball all over the place. That said, their offensive production was lacking much of what we saw from the last few weeks. The offense failed to bail out some excellent starts by their rotation. Losing to Ivan Nova on Sunday had to sting a bit for the club, and feel great for him.

Final Takeaway:

The Yankees will get their first real test of the season as they try to bolster their position in the standings. They fell flat in similar circumstances in the wild card race last year. Let’s see what the Baby Bombers 2.0 can do this time.

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