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AL East Notes: Red Sox come back in the 9th to beat Yankees

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In a fashion that has become very typical of the Yankees, the Bronx Bombers blew a 5-2 lead in Boston last night. Despite the quality start by Masahiro Tanaka and Billy Butler’s debut and albeit a little shocking two run contribution, Dellin Betances couldn’t bring it all home.

Eduardo Rodriguez wasn’t in his groove last night, allowing the Yankees to take the lead early. While the game looked dismal from a Sox standpoint, there was a little ray of light: David Ortiz smacked his 637th career home run, passing Mickey Mantle.

The Yankees were leading the game in the top of the 9th. That was short lived. After Blake Parker sent a pitch soaring into Chris Young’s head, Joe Girardi turned to Dellin Betances for safety. Ha. After a mess of pitches, there were finally two outs and a 3-2 count. Close to being out of the wood, until it wasn’t. Betances served Hanley Ramirez a fastball that then ever so graceful flew over Jacoby Ellsbury’s head and concreted a miracle of a 7-5 comeback.

More from around the American League East:

Just in case you live under a rock, the Yankees just acquired A’s DH Brian Butler. In fact, he drove in two runs for them last night. We swear we’re not kidding. Confused on the details? We have a video that will fill you in.

Andrew Benintendi is back for the Red Sox. The rookie outfielder was reactivated just in time for the game against the Orioles on Tuesday. The left fielder is coming from a sprained left knee. While it’s anticipated that Benintendi will assume a platoon role, that doesn’t mean he’ll be limited to it.

The Blue Jays Josh Donaldson will undergo an MRI for his right hip. The third baseman has been having a rough September, and his jammed hip doesn’t make for much hope looking to the future.

This is a Public Service Announcement: Kevin Kiermaier is very good at baseball.

What’s the shouting in the distance? Orioles fans. Don’t worry guys, we could never forget Adam Jones, who statistically remains one of the best center fielders in the game.

Standings ‘as of writing’:

Red Sox 82 - 64 — GB

Orioles 80 - 66 2 GB

Blue Jays 79 - 66 2.5 GB

Yankees 77 - 69 5 GB

Rays 63- 83 19 GB