Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 5/17/13
The Toronto Blue Jays were expected to be a serious contender in the AL East, and now they're finally playing like one. The next 10 games could actually make them one. As they open a potentially vital stretch, the Blue Jays look to extend their longest winning streak of the season and end a seven-game skid to the New York Yankees in the Bronx on Friday night. A series of offseason transactions made Toronto (17-24) a popular pick to contend for its first division title since winning back-to-back World Series in 1992 and '93. Instead, the team has floundered at the bottom of the East, eight games back of the first-place Yankees (25-16) while batting .245 with a 5.26 ERA from the rotation that is among the highest in baseball. Those new acquisitions - Jose Reyes, Melky Cabrera, R.A. Dickey, Josh Johnson and Mark Buehrle - have either struggled, been hurt or both. "All we can do from here on out is play good consistent baseball," manager John Gibbons told the team's official websi...
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