Aug 11, 2014; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Orioles designated hitter Nelson Cruz (23) celebrates with Adam Jones (10) after hitting a two-run home run in the seventh inning against the New York Yankees at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The Orioles defeated the Yankees 11-3. Mandatory Credit: Joy R. Absalon-USA TODAY Sports

How The Rivals Did: Nelson Cruz, Orioles Stop Yankees

The AL East has some good days and some bad days. Monday was one not a day for two of the teams to hang their hats on by any stretch. However, the Orioles managed to make their lead more comfortable while the Rays pulled closer in the AL East and Wild Card races.

Baltimore Orioles 11, New York Yankees 3

The Yankees entered their series with the Orioles hoping to gain serious ground on the AL East leaders, but they did not get off to a good start. Chris Capuano was not too bad for the Yankees, allowing 4 runs in 6 innings, but the Orioles tagged Adam Warren and Chase Whitley for 7 more runs to make this one a blowout. Baltimore got two-run homers from Chris Davis and Nelson Cruz to go along with a 3-run shot by Jonathan Schoop, and Adam Jones was not left out of the party either, going 3 for 5 with 2 doubles and 2 RBI. The Orioles bullpen also found quite different results from the Yankees’ tossing 4 shutout innings after Bud Norris allowed 3 runs on 5 hits in 5 innings of work. The one negative for Baltimore: Manny Machado left with a knee injury, although initial tests said that he will be OK.

Seattle Mariners 11, Toronto Blue Jays 1

The Blue Jays led 1-0 after the top of the fourth, but obviously it was all downhill from there. Drew Hutchison went 5.2 innings allowing 6 runs on 7 hits, although Brad Mills was able to save the bullpen behind him in tossing the final 2.1 innings. That is not to say that he did so well–he allowed 5 more runs. Felix Hernandez was dominant again for Seattle, going 7 innings allowing 1 run on 3 hits, striking out 8 while waling none, and the M’s got 2 RBI each from Robinson Cano, Mike Zunino, Dustin Ackley, and Brad Miller. The Blue Jays will chock this one up to playing 19 innings the day before, and they’ll hope to rebound tonight.

Tampa Bay Rays 7, Texas Rangers 0

Drew Smyly tossed 7.2 dominant innings for his first Rays win, and his offense gave him plenty of support. Here is our full recap.

Boston Red Sox were off

With the help of Nelson Cruz, Chris Davis, and Jonathan Schoop, the Orioles now have a six-game lead in the AL East, the biggest of any division in baseball. Let’s look at the standings and the schedule of games for today.

1. Baltimore (68-50) –
2. Toronto (63-57) 6.0 GB
3. New York (61-57) 7.0 GB
4. Tampa Bay (58-60) 10.0 GB
5. Boston (52-65) 15.5 GB

7:05 PM- Baltimore Orioles (Wei-Yin Chen) vs. New York Yankees (Shane Greene)
7:10 PM- Boston Red Sox (Joe Kelly) @ Cincinnati Reds (Mat Latos)
8:05 PM- Tampa Bay Rays (Jeremy Hellickson) @ Texas Rangers (Nick Tepesch)
10:10 PM- Toronto Blue Jays (J.A. Happ) @ Seattle Mariners (Chris Young)

 

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