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AL East Notes: Hanley Ramirez not a first base option, Chris Archer’s success

Here’s the latest from around the American League East.

MLB: Seattle Mariners at Boston Red Sox Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Red Sox infielder Hanley Ramirez was thought to be a candidate to play first base in 2017, but as a result of shoulder injuries, Boston isn’t considering Ramirez an option to play first, according to Tim Britton of The Providence Journal.

Ramirez has been used as the team’s designated hitter and is hitting .255/.346/.416 with six home runs and 20 RBIs over 38 games.

Here’s the latest from around the American League East:

  • The Yankees have emerged as one of the top team’s in the American League, which is notable given their lack of production from their first baseman.

  • Welington Castillo’s swing has been fairly consistent the last few seasons, which surely has helped him contribute offensively.

  • The Blue Jays placed Anthony Alford on the disabled list, which doesn’t bode well for Toronto in the near future.

  • David Price will start for the Red Sox on Monday, which should give the rotation a much-needed boost.

  • Chris Archer has turned into one of baseball’s top pitchers, which is significant given Tampa Bay’s recent performance.