AL East race heats up

Imran Ahmed, Web Editor

               The battle between the New York Yankees and the Tampa Bay Rays has begun to turn into a dramatic finish for the top record in the AL East. Monday, the game featured a duel between Cy Young Candidates CC Sabathia of the Yankees and David Price of the rays. Both pitched phenomenally, not allowing a single run through nine innings. However, Reid Brignac saved the day with a walk off solo home run in the 11th inning. Tuesday proved to be another close contest with the Rays and Yankees matching run for run and the Rays almost getting another walk off win except Curtis Granderson robbed Ben Zobrist of a sure triple in the bottom of the 9th to end the inning. Eventually the Yankees were able to score a run in the 10th, which turned out to be enough for the victory.

            Wednesday concluded the three games series at the Trop with the Yankees leading the East by half a game. However, two homers by Dan Johnson, who has come through in the clutch before, saved the Rays and gave them the lead in the AL East once again by half a game.

               Essentially these two AL powerhouses are battling it out for the best record in the majors. Both teams possess major offensive weapons and fantastic pitching on both sides and it looks to be another great finish to the end of the season. Many should be excited for another budding rivalry in the AL East like the Rays had with the Boston Red Sox during the Cinderella season where they defeated the Sox in 7 games with home field advantage on their side in the ALCS. Junior Kevin Conway says, “I’m really excited for this series because if the Rays can get and keep first place then they’ll get home field advantage until the World Series.” Home field advantage is important in the post season but the Rays have played exceptionally on the road this year posting a 43-30 record away from Tropicana Field, the best in the majors by far. With  solid play close to home as well as in hostile environments away from the Trop, teams should be afraid of the Rays and what they have to offer going into the final weeks of the MLB season.