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Yankees come back on Blue Jays, AL East remains deadlocked

Sep 30, 2012, 5:13 PM EDT

Alex Rodriguez, Robinson Cano Getty Images

After the Orioles closed out the Red Sox 6-3 to finish a three-game sweep Sunday, the Yankees completed their comeback on the Blue Jays, winning 9-6 to preserve the tie atop the AL East.

They say I can’t focus on the positive. Let’s give it a whirl:

Yankees – Definitely a great day for the offense after a sluggish start. The slumping Alex Rodriguez went 2-for-4 with a walk and two runs scored. The first of those runs came when he hustled home on a wild pitch. Robinson Cano stayed hot, going 3-for-5 with two doubles to finish the four game series with 10 hits. He had 15 hits during the seven-game road trip, raising his average to .306.

Blue JaysHenderson Alvarez turned in another successful start against the Yankees, allowing two runs in six innings. He pitched seven innings of three-run ball at Yankee Stadium 11 days ago. He ended up striking out 17 over 18 2/3 innings in his final three starts, an encouraging sign if there ever was one. He was at 62 strikeouts in 169 1/3 innings through 28 starts.

Orioles – This team just never lets up. Nate McLouth, J.J. Hardy and Chris Davis all homered today. Jim Thome had two hits and two RBI, and it’s looking more likely that he can be a key contributor in the postseason. Joe Saunders improved to 3-3 with a 3.63 ERA in seven starts for Baltimore, putting him in a position to start a game in the ALDS should the club advance.

Red Sox – The loss clinched a spot in the bottom 10 of the major league standings, meaning they won’t lose their first-round pick if they sign a top free agent this winter. They’ll have a top-10 pick for the first time since 1993 (when they got Trot Nixon seventh overall) and just the second time since 1967.

See… good news for everyone!

  1. husky2score - Sep 30, 2012 at 5:42 PM

    Hmm no mentioning of the Angels or Rangers. If the Angels had won, the O’s would’ve clinched a playoff spot. But instead, the Rangers give up two runs in the ninth and lose 5-4. I was very disappointed as I am a true O’s fan waiting for an orange october. Correct if I am wrong but I think that if the Rangers beat the Angels tonight (they play a doubleheader) then the O’s will still make the playoffs. That would be awesome!!!!! C’mon Rangers!!!

  2. husky2score - Sep 30, 2012 at 5:43 PM

    Sorry, if the Angels had lost, the O’s would’ve clinched. My B

  3. deathmonkey41 - Sep 30, 2012 at 6:23 PM

    “The slumping Alex Rodriguez”

    Leave A-Rod alone!!!

    • husky2score - Sep 30, 2012 at 6:25 PM

      Well, it’s obvious that A-Rod has left his steroids alone thats for sure.

    • proudlycanadian - Sep 30, 2012 at 7:03 PM

      Leave Matthew alone also. He is trying to accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative, and to latch on to the affirmative.

      P. S. a homer by Cespedes just gave Oakland the lead over the Mariners.

  4. fellspointbird - Sep 30, 2012 at 8:05 PM

    Gotta say, positivity is a weird thing to hear when my O’s are involved.

  5. willclarkgameface - Oct 1, 2012 at 9:10 AM

    I can’t believe I’m saying this because I’ve been on the anti-Red Sox band wagon ALL season long, but here goes: ROOT FOR THE RED SOX THE NEXT THREE DAYS.

    Orioles have to win the AL East.

    And you know what else would shake up the MLB universe? How about them A’s getting the AL West? DO IT!!

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