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At the end of five weeks in the 2014 season, the American League East division remains among the tightest races in Major League Baseball. As of May 5, the standings are:
New York Yankees 16-14 –
Baltimore Orioles 15-14 0.5
Boston Red Sox 15-17 2.0
Tampa Bay Rays 15-17 2.0
Toronto Blue Jays 14-17 2.5
The first place Yankees played just five games this week, going 1-4, all in the Bronx. They sandwiched two losses to the Seattle Mariners around a Wednesday rainout, and dropped two of three games to the Tampa Bay Rays.
New York begins a week-long road trip today with the first of three games against the Los Angeles Angels. After an off day Thursday, they will play three games against the Milwaukee Brewers.
The Orioles enjoyed first place to themselves for a day this week, but Saturday and Sunday losses in Minnesota left them a half game out of the top spot. They were washed out at home on Tuesday and Wednesday against the Pirates. One of the games was made up Thursday as part of a doubleheader, which the Orioles swept. They also won their Friday game against the Twins to finish the week with a 3-2 record.
After a day off today, the Orioles travel to Tampa Bay for three games against the Rays. They return to Baltimore Friday for a weekend series against the Houston Astros.
The Boston Red Sox went 3-3 on the week, all at home. They beat Tampa Bay Tuesday but were rained out Wednesday. The lost game was rescheduled as part of a day-night doubleheader Thursday, which the Rays swept. The Red Sox took two games from the Oakland Athletics to start the weekend series but lost the series finale in 10 innings Sunday.
The Red Sox made no significant roster moves during the week.
The Cincinnati Reds visit Fenway Park for a two-game series beginning Tuesday. The Red Sox travel Thursday to Texas for a three-game weekend series against the Rangers.
The Tampa Bay Rays finished the week with a 4-3 record. In an oddly scheduled Monday game, to conclude a four-day series, the Rays lost to the White Sox in Chicago. They then traveled to Boston and dropped a Tuesday game to the Red Sox. After a Wednesday rainout, the Rays protested against a scheduled Thursday day-night doubleheader, but proceeded to win both games. The Rays concluded the week winning two of three games at Yankee Stadium in New York.
James Loney slashed .407/.467/.519/.985 for the week. Desmond Jennings had three doubles, three HRs and three SBs. Wil Myers had seven RBI and two HRs, including an inside the park homer against the Yankees.
The Rays made no major changes to their active roster.
The Rays are off today then host the Orioles and Indians for three games apiece at Tropicana Field.
The Blue Jays were 2-4 on a week-long road trip to Kansas City and Pittsburgh. The Jays played three games in each city and took one game apiece from the Royals and Pirates.
After an off day today, the Jays host the Philadelphia Phillies for three games and the Los Angeles Angels for four games (Friday through Monday) at the Rogers Centre.