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AL East News and Notes: Gregg, Friedman, Lind

AL East Standings

New York 77 48 .616 0 Won 1
Boston 77 49 .611 0.5 Won 1
Tampa Bay 69 56 .552 8 Won 5
Toronto 65 62 .511 13 Won 1
Baltimore 47 77 .379 29.5 Lost 5

(updated 8.21.2011 at 10:37 PM PDT)

Orioles staying with Gregg as closer | News
Kevin Gregg, who has not recorded an out while facing at least five batters in each of his last two games, will remain the Orioles' closer.

Where Tampa Bay Rays GM Andrew Friedman could go - ESPN
Friedman, then, will have interesting choices this offseason, when he presumably will be offered the opportunity to take over the baseball operations of the Houston Astros, and perhaps the chance to run the Chicago Cubs.

Lind's X-rays negative, could return by Tuesday | News
The Blue Jays received some positive news late Saturday night when the X-ray results on Adam Lind's injured right wrist came back negative. The 28-year-old first baseman was held out of Sunday's lineup but is not expected to miss an extended period of time.

Full Count " Josh Beckett on his new ’10-5′ rights: ‘It’s a pretty cool thing to have’
Josh Beckett reached the coveted "10-5″ status Thursday (10 years in the major leagues, five seasons with the same team), thereby allowing him right of first refusal when it came to any trade he may be involved in.

Yankees’ offense amongst expansion era elite | River Avenue Blues
In wRC+ the Yankees lead Boston by one point, and their mark of 119 is good enough for third since the start of the expansion era, an impressive feat. Their wOBA is .351, a mark higher than any other team in baseball.

Francisco dealing with sore right shoulder | News
Right-hander Frank Francisco was unavailable to pitch during the Blue Jays' 1-0 victory over Oakland on Sunday afternoon because of a sore right shoulder. Francisco began warming up in the ninth inning but felt some discomfort in the area and was forced to be shut down.