Blue Jays AL East Recap: Signs of Hope

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May 7, 2017; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Darwin Barney (18) celebrates with Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista (19) after hitting a home run during the eighth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. The Blue Jays won 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
May 7, 2017; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Darwin Barney (18) celebrates with Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista (19) after hitting a home run during the eighth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. The Blue Jays won 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports /
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May 7, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Hicks (31) celebrates after scoring during the eighteenth inning against the Chicago Cubs t Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Caylor Arnold-USA TODAY Sports
May 7, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Hicks (31) celebrates after scoring during the eighteenth inning against the Chicago Cubs t Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Caylor Arnold-USA TODAY Sports /

Yankees are Sole Kings of the East
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The Bronx Bombers enter play Monday the sole leaders of the AL East. They have been strong in every aspect of the game. Aaron Judge and the offense has murdered opposing pitchers. New Yorks rotation has struggled, but has lasted long enough to give the game to their bullpen. The Yankee bullpen has been one of the strongest in baseball. Not only have Dellin Betances and Aroldis Chapman been as good as advertised (despite the latter’s blown save Sunday night), the entire pen has helped to pull their own weight.

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The Yankees have passed every test so far. Able to slay every foe in the East, they added a new victim to that list. During the weekend, the Yankees swept the World Champion Cubs, including an 18 inning marathon on Sunday night. The sky seems to be the limit for this young team. The youth movement has arrived in New York, and it is here to stay.

Final Takeaway:

New York gets some easier foes this week, but after slaying the World Champions, it all gets a little easier.

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