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MLB AL East week previews – 7/5/21

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[/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][/et_pb_section][et_pb_section fb_built=”1″ _builder_version=”3.22″][et_pb_row _builder_version=”3.25″ background_size=”initial” background_position=”top_left” background_repeat=”repeat”][et_pb_column type=”4_4″ _builder_version=”3.25″ custom_padding=”|||” custom_padding__hover=”|||”][et_pb_text _builder_version=”3.27.4″ background_size=”initial” background_position=”top_left” background_repeat=”repeat”]After being swept by the Red Sox, the Yankees look to bounce back against the Mets in the first meet-up of the subway series. The Red Sox look to continue to add on to their lead in the division. The Orioles are playing a bit better and the Jays are looking to inch closer to second place. Let’s see what happened over the weekend and what series are next up this week in the MLB AL East.


The Red Sox started their west coast trip in Oakland. Eduardo Rodriguez pitched six innings, allowing only one hit and no runs. Garrett Whitlock gave up the A’s first run and Matt Barnes had his 4th blown save of the season. Kike Hernandez was pretty much the reason the Sox won in the 10th inning. He brought in Michael Chavis, who was the runner on second, and then threw out the tying run in the bottom half of the inning at home plate.

Garrett Richards pitched in game two and gave up two runs in five innings pitched.  Yacksel Rios gave up two more runs that tied the game. The game went into extras innings and the A’s couldn’t score in the 10th as J.D. Martinez threw out the runner at home. The Sox took the lead in the top of the 12th inning but Matt Andriese gave up three runs that ended the game in a walk-off. Kike Hernandez continues to hit home runs with his 10th of the year. Christian Vazquez and Xander Bogaerts went 2-for-5.


The Sox took the series on Sunday with a 1-0 win. Nick Pivetta, Garrett Whitlock, and Matt Barnes gave great performances. Barnes recorded the 500th strikeout of his career. Alex Verdugo went 2-for-3.

Martinez, Nathan Eovaldi, and Barnes were named as All-Star reserves. This is Eovaldi’s and Barnes’ first time as All-Stars and Martinez’s fourth time.

Next up for the Sox is facing the Angels. Shohei Ohtani is scheduled to pitch on Tuesday against Eovaldi. They close out the “first half” with the Phillies at home.


The Rays lost game one against the Blue Jays only scoring one run in the eighth inning. Francisco Mejía went 2-for3 which was the most in the lineup that totaled only five hits. Luis Patiño pitched 5.1 innings and gave up seven runs. 

Shane McClanahan pitched in game two and gave up three runs in 5.1 innings. The Rays offense only had five hits and scored three runs. Manuel Margot hit his 9th home run of the season. The Rays lost game two of the series with a chance of being swept. 

The Rays avoided the sweep against the Jays with a win on Sunday. Ryan Yarbrough pitched five innings and gave up the only run the Jays scored. Wander Franco went 2-for-4 and hit his second home run of the season. Yandy Diaz went 2-for-3 with a walk.

The Indians come to the Trop to play three and then the Rays head to Buffalo to face the Blue Jays again to close out the week before the All-Star break.

The Rays announced they have traded David Hess to the Miami Marlins for Justin Sterner and cash considerations.


The first game against the Rays over the weekend was a laugher for the Jays. Alek Manoah pitched 7 innings and didn’t give up any runs. All-Star starters, Marcus Semien went 2-for-5 including his 21st home run,