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Starting pitching woes contribute mightily to AL East's struggles

By Mike Harrington

So why is everyone in the AL East pretty much mediocre and only Toronto (at plus-4) owning a positive run differential? It's mostly because of starting pitching.

Check out the numbers below for the starters on the five teams: 

Team W-L , ERA (AL rank)
BOS 11-12, 3.83 (5)
TOR 12-9, 4.19 (7)
NYY 13-11, 4.36 (10)
BAL 10-12, 4.46 (11)
TB 9-11, 4.48 (12)

Check out the standings heading into tonight's games:

BAL 16-14
NYY 17-15
TOR 16-17
BOS 16-17
TBR 15-18

Not what anyone expected. The Rays and Orioles meet again tonight at Tampa Bay, while the Blue Jays and Phillies switch sites and move to Rogers Center, and the Yankees wrap up a three-gamer in Anaheim before opening a toughie Friday night in Milwaukee.



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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has covered the Buffalo Bisons since 1992 and Major League Baseball since 1995. A member of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, Harrington has reported on more than 30 MLB postseason series — including every game of the World Series in this century — and all three of the Bisons' championship runs in their modern era. He is a connoisseur of the famous Stadium Mustard at Cleveland's Progressive Field.

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered the Bisons for The Buffalo News since 2002. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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