The Yankees are no longer the sole proprietor of the AL East throne. With Tampa Bay’s 5-2 victory over New York in a game in which manager Joe Girardi was ejected, and Baltimore’s 12-0 pounding in Toronto, the Bombers and Orioles are now tied for first place. It's the first time since 1997 that Baltimore has held at least a share of the lead. The Rays who are now just 1½ games back of the Yankees and Orioles.
Cody Ross hit a three-run homer as Boston topped Seatte 4-3. Boston, struggling through a season that GM Ben Cherington says is “hard to watch”, ended its seven-game losing streak with the win.
Over in the National League, Jaime Garcia carried a shutout into the eighth inning to lead St. Louis to a 5-1 win over the Mets. Yadier Molina got it 1000th career hit as part of the Cardinals three-run second inning.
Yanks in Tampa, Boston in Seattle, and the Mets finish up in St. Louis this afternoon. The race for the AL East will come to head on Thursday as Baltimore and the Yankees go head to head.
And in our final day previewing the NFL season, tonight Eli Manning will start for the Giants tonight with the stats to prove he’s no longer in his brother’s shadow. He has started the last 130 games for the Giants, a run that dates to his rookie season in 2004. He has led New York to five playoff berths and three division titles in his seven full seasons as a starter. Eli also holds two Super Bowl rings while his brother, Peyton Manning, has one and father Archie Manning has none. The Giants take on the Cowboys tonight in the Meadowlands. The Jets’ season kicks off Sunday against Buffalo.
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