Blue Jays American League East Recap: Jays Taking Flight

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Apr 23, 2017; Anaheim, CA, USA; Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Marcus Stroman (6) is congratulated by teammates right fielder Jose Bautista (right) and catcher Russell Martin (left) after throwing a complete game against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 23, 2017; Anaheim, CA, USA; Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Marcus Stroman (6) is congratulated by teammates right fielder Jose Bautista (right) and catcher Russell Martin (left) after throwing a complete game against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports /
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May 14, 2017; Boston, MA, USA; Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Danny Farquhar (43) and catcher Jesus Sucre (45) congratulate each other after defeating the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports
May 14, 2017; Boston, MA, USA; Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Danny Farquhar (43) and catcher Jesus Sucre (45) congratulate each other after defeating the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports /

Rays Fight Back
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The Tampa Bay Rays overcame a series loss against the Royals by dispatching the Red Sox in Boston ending the week with a record of 3-4. The surprising Royals handled the Rays well, excluding a route against Jason Hammel on Wednesday. The Rays took this momentum to Boston and outscored them 19-12. They’ll take the heart of their rotation to Cleveland to face the Indians to start the week. After that, they host the East-leading Yankees in Tampa.

The Rays rotation came together at the end of the week and limited a strong Boston offense. Tampa’s bullpen is still a few arms short and once again faced problems late. Fortunately for Tampa, their offense was on point this week. After demolishing Jason Hammel, the offense disposed of CY Young Rick Porcello Friday, and decimated Boston’s bullpen in the finale with a 7 run, 9th inning. Despite the loss on Saturday, the Rays offense even managed to homer off of Chris Sale. If their offense can work in tandem with their rotation, the Rays can pounce on the division leaders.

Final Takeaway:

The Rays saw more consistencies in a week where most of the East was hammered. If their relief corps can get back to lend a hand, the Rays could be poised to make a run.

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