ST. PETERSBURG, FL - MAY 03: Infielder Evan Longoria #3 of the Tampa Bay Rays smiles during batting practice just before the start of the game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Tropicana Field on May 3, 2011 in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
David Price, coming off his worst outing of the season, absolutely dominated the Toronto Blue Jays going 8.2 innings, allowing 4 hits, 1 unearned run, striking out 10, and walking none. Kyle Farnsworth came in to finish the game earning his sixth save of the season. The victory gave the Rays their 6th series win in their past 7 series, while posting a 16-6 record over those 7 series. The rest of the AL East was in action during Thursday afternoon and the results could only make a Rays fans smile as the Yankees lost to the Tigers, the Red Sox lost to the Angels, and the Orioles lost to the Royals. At the end of Thursday's afternoon action the Rays had improved their record to 17-14 on the season and are now only 1 game behind the first place New York Yankees. The Rays are 2.5 games ahead of the Baltimore Orioles and three games ahead of both the Blue Jays and the Boston Red Sox.
After 31 games last season, the AL East appeared to be a much tougher division than it has been this season. The Rays were in first place with a record of 22-9 and led the New York Yankees (21-9) by a half of game. The Blue Jays were in third place with a 19-14 record, the Red Sox were in fourth place at 16-16, and the Baltimore Orioles were in last place with a record of 9-23.
Given it's still only a small amount of games, has your outlook on the 2011 Rays changed? Has your opinion on the AL East changed?
What will it take to win the AL East?
It will take 85-90 wins to win the AL East and the wild card will come from the AL East. (27 votes)
It will take 85-90 wins to win the AL East and the wild card will not come from the AL East. (25 votes)
It will take 90-95 wins to win the AL East and the wild card will come from the AL East. (368 votes)
It will take 90-95 wins to win the AL East and the wild card will not come from the AL East. (63 votes)
483 total votes