The AL East race just got tighter than ever. Over the past weekend, Mark Reynolds produced a pair of two-homer games that pushed the Orioles to victories over the Yankees, helping the upstart Birds draw within striking distance of the Bronx Bombers in the AL East race. With less than a month remaining in the season, what are we to make of this race? In the grand scheme, the Orioles still look like the odd duck here, not only given their recent lack of success they haven’t posted a winning season, let alone reached the playoffs, since 1997 but also their ?19 run differential. Abruzzese: The Rays' lineup pretty much consists of Longoria and eight other guys, but they've been expected to rely on their pitching all year while the Yankees need their lineup to power them into the playoffs.