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AL East Notes: Yankees youngsters, O’s bullpen

The latest news from around the American League East.

Cleveland Indians v New York Yankees Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

It’s a bit of surprise to see, but the New York Yankees are undergoing a youth movement. They sold at the deadline, acquiring prospects for the future. That future is starting to arrive, beginning with catcher Gary Sanchez. Not far behind him are Aaron Judge and Tyler Austin.

All of that being said, this isn’t all about experience for manager Joe Girardi, he thinks these players can help the big league team win now.

More news from around the American League East:

  • It’s been a season long struggle for the Orioles bullpen to do one thing: get lefties out while bridging the game to the closer-esque arms.
  • Blue Jays second baseman Devon Travis credits the older, veteran types for teaching the younger guys how to keep their minds fresh and in the right mindset and they are all starting to buy into the team as a whole.
  • Some rivalries are just too big to be put to the side. Alex Rodriguez and the Boston Red Sox might be one of those. The Red Sox aren’t planning any big farewell ceremonies for A-Rod.
  • Tampa Bay third baseman Evan Longoria made it clear that he wants to win right now, and there might be some pressure for ownership to commit to their star.

Standings ‘as of writing’:

Baltimore 63-48 — GB

Toronto 64-50 0.5 GB

Boston 61-50 2.0 GB

NY Yankees 56-56 7.5 GB

Tampa Bay 46-66 17.5 GB