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Quick mid-day notes from the AL East

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A few nuggets from elsewhere in the American League East…

The Red Sox are reportedly interested in Tino Martinez [2] to fill their hitting coach vacancy. A source told ESPN Boston that the Red Sox have already had some discussions with Martinez. This would be a good place to insert a joke about Boston also needing Martinez to play first base.

The Rays are believed to be one of the front-runners to land Justin Upton. [3]Of course, they first need Upton’s brother B.J. to decline his qualifying offer. Ken Rosenthal reports that the Rays don’t have enough money for both Uptons.

• The Blue Jays made a couple of moves today. They acquired reliever Jeremy Jeffress [4] from the Royals, and they signed free agent infielder Maicer Izturis [5]to a three-year deal.