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 4, 2017; Boston, MA, USA; Baltimore Orioles left fielder Joey Rickard (23) center fielder Adam Jones (10) and right fielder Craig Gentry (14) celebrate after defeating the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports
May 4, 2017; Boston, MA, USA; Baltimore Orioles left fielder Joey Rickard (23) center fielder Adam Jones (10) and right fielder Craig Gentry (14) celebrate after defeating the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports /

Orioles Fighting for First
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The Baltimore Orioles enter Monday out of first place for the first time in 2017. They have battled better than most this year, and are very much in the mix, only a half a game out. The Orioles offense was always supposed to be excellent, but their rotation was the big question mark. The Orioles rotation has been a revelation so far. Dylan Bundy looks like the certifiable ace, even as staff ace Chris Tillman came back and dazzled for 7 innings. Tillman and Bundy is as good a top of the rotation as any staff, if not the best when they’re performing like that. Baltimore’s ace closer Zach Britton returned from the Disabled List only to land immediately back on it.

The Orioles played a rough series against the Red Sox, to start the week. Though they ended with a tied series, they ended up with the morale high ground. The team responded well to rude and racist comments from some rowdy fans. Division rivalries are always rough, this was particularly nasty.

Final Takeaway:

The Orioles are a real threat in the early going of this season. Expect them to challenge and chase the top spot all year.

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