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superman emblemIt’s Friday.  There’s people on summer hours.  So, this is probably the last post we do before POI, The Skyline and then your UFC 100 preview.  But, it’s a long one.  So sit back and strap it down.  Your MLB Power Rankings heading into the All-Star Break.

1.) Los Angeles Dodgers (54-31): They’ve got Manny back.  They didn’t struggle without him.  The Giants are playing out of their minds and the Dodgers are still 7 games clear of them.  These guys are making the playoffs obviously, but mark it down.  They are not going to the World Series.  Peak too soon in baseball and you don’t finish strong.

2.) New York Yankees (51-34): Bring it on Red Sox fans.  You’re 5-5 in your last 10, and the Yankees are 8-2.  We told you not to sell on these guys at the start of the season and we’re being validated.  In that stadium, this offense is going to excel like no other offense in the league.  The bullpen issues are starting to clear up with Phil Hughes and Coke.  “And the New York Yankees are going to the World Series!” (circa 2003.  Suck it Red Sox)

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Sleepin' on the JobSo… yeah.  You’re not going to get our witty recaps of last night’s baseball.  We know.  It crushes your spirit.  But, we will link you to SI’s recap’s so that you at least know what happened!  We had to get our sleep so as to not shoot a 135 on the course today (you’ll get a preview of that monster, later).  Suffice to say…

  • Cubs won.
  • Phillies destroyed the Reds (and our fantasy ERA).
  • Diamondbacks walked-off with a Mark Reynolds homer.
  • Matt Cain won his 10th game.
  • Nomar won in his return to Boston as Smoltz is 0-2.

Good?  Happy?  Fine… Alfonso Soriano’s ridiculous hummer truck after the jump.

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ChicagoAtNight1We’re unveiling a new final post for every day that we’ll put up for folks to comment on (yeah, right) and with what’s on the tube for the evening.  We’ll give you a run down of sports, entertainment, local titty bar specials and other things to watch for while you evade the kids or shrug off your work from the day.

Tonight, there’s actually a few things that might be worth watching on the sports calendar.  Nomar Garciaparra makes his first return to Fenway Park for the first time since being traded to the Cubs in 2004 (ugh).  UFC continues its countdown of the top fights with numbers 75-51 on Spike.  And, Tommy Boy (we’ll pretty much watch it every time) is on Comedy Central.  The full slate of MLB games and probable starters after the jump (courtesy MLB.com).

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Rays Rangers BaseballRangers 5 – Rays 2: We really like the A.L. West race.  The only team that’s really out of it is the Athletics and it’s not a race of a bunch of mediocre teams.  The Rangers should get Josh Hamilton back this week and their pitching has surprisingly held up so far.  Frank Francisco is underrated as a closer.   He picked up his 14th save by going 1-2-3 in the 9th.  Tampa only mustered 3 hits and one of their runs was unearned.  Longoria had the lone RBI.  The Rays pitching staff is still learning.  David Price got rocked this weekend and Matt Garza was displaying some youthful frustration on the bump on Sunday night.  Marlon Byrd could’ve been an All-Star.  More on that later.

Cubs 8 – Brewers 2: Yup.  We’re atypical Cubs fans.  Last week, we said the Cubs should be launching players and getting some value for older talent.  Oh, my, how things have changed.  The Cubs took three of four from the Brew Crew and the young kids from Iowa are showing some gusto when they’re called up.  We almost went to Aramis Ramirez’s rehab start in the suburbs but it was sold out.  The Cubs have some interesting roster moves to make today.  Ramirez, Reed Johnson and Angel Guzman will be activated from the DL today.  Andres Blanco is out of options and so is David Patton.  Jake Fox, Sam Fuld and Jeff Samardzjia are likely to be sent down.  Fox had a huge homer in this game and Fuld collected six hits in two starts on Thursday and Friday.  Cubs open a series against younglefty’s Braves today.  Gonna get interesting around here.

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chokeOrioles 11 – Red Sox 10: What a choke job by the Nation.  The Red Sox had a 9 run lead and as you can tell, it wasn’t enough.  John Smoltz did put up 4 solid innings but we’re curious why he was only allowed 52 pitches.  The Orioles came up with 5 in the 7th and 5 in the 8th.  Hideki Okajima and Justin Masterson were the culprits allowing 9 ERs in 2.1 IP.  There was some bad news for Orioles fans though.  Adam Jones was injured in center field whie trying to make a catch.  He’s initially listed as day-to-day but keep your eyes open.

White Sox 11 – Indians 4: We all know the Indians are awful this year.  But Cliff Lee did win a Cy Young last year.  He lost a streak of 47 straight starts going into at least the 6th inning last night.  Lee was rocked for 7 ERs through 3+ IP.  We’ve advocated the White Sox trading Jermaine Dye or Jim Thome all year to get younger.  They’re contenders…should they still trade the elder statesmen?

Rockies 3 – Dodgers 0: Can the Cubs un-trade Jason Marquis?  His 3rd complete game this year.  His 10th win.  He shut out the best team in baseball.  The Dodgers really do need Manny back though.  Their runs per game are down over a full run this month from May.  Brad Hawpe had a solo homer while Marquis drove in the other two runs.  Guy does it all.  Jim Hendry, your explanation would be much appreciated.

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lance berkman big pumaAstros 5 – Royals 4: Lance Berkman has been a disappointment to Astros and fantasy owners alike this year.  The Big Puma showed some signs of life in this one powering the Astros to a victory for young Wesley Wright.  Wright did not start the game but pitched 1.1 innings, striking out every batter he faced.  Berkman homered early in the 2nd, and then again after Wright came into the game to put Houston on top for good.  Fat Elvis finished with 4 RBIs and 2 HRs.  Mark Teahen drove in two runs for the Royals, as the other two scored via an error.

Mariners 9 – Padres 3: Isn’t it depressing that Ichiro has’t played in a postseason series in 8 years?  He’s hitting .369 right now and has to be the most consistent performer at the plate this decade.  He went 4 for 5, scoring twice and driving in a run.  You’ll probably hear Jarrod Washburn’s name in trade rumors soon with the deadline just over a month away.  He’s got a 3.22 ERA and only 4 wins on the Mariners.  Someone will take the innings eater.

Yankees 11 – Braves 7: A-Rod and Mariano Rivera had historic nights for the Bombers.  Rodriguez tied Reggie Jackson with his 563rd homer while Rivera picked up career save number 499.  Rivera’s is incredible.  But we have to ask, does A-Rod’s even matter anymore?  His entire career is tainted so we can’t really count it.  Derek Jeter had four hits and scored four times.  Wonder who goes down with more glory in Yankee history:  Rivera or Jeter?

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Marlins Red Sox BaseballRed Sox 8 – Marlins 2: The Red Sox are starting to look very dangerous.  We had them number one in the power rankings yesterday and we think they’re poised to rattle off some solid win streaks in the near future.  We were ripping David Ortiz up until last week but he appears to have woken out of his slumber.  Yesterday, he went deep again.  In the last 15 days, Ortiz is hitting .303 with 3 HRs and 7 RBIs.  Tim Wakefield got his ninth win and had the knuckler dancing all over the plate.  The Marlins are tanking and look like they’re destined for 4th in the NL East.

Cardinals 11 – Tigers 2: After a series of successful starts for Justin Verlander, he was bound to throw in a clunker.  He only lasted 4 innings in this one and had given up five runs by the time he departed.  Albert Pujols hit number 23 out of the yard off of Verlander in the effort.  In the next 3 weeks, both the NL Central and AL Central battle each other in interleague play.  Perhaps after it concludes, someone will decide they actually want to win either of those divisions.

Royals 5 – Diamondbacks 0: Good God the Diamondbacks are terrible.  Phoenix might rival Washington D.C. as one of the worst sports cities in America (remember, the Cardinals play in Glendale).  Gil Meche threw a gem and picked up win number four on the season.  He’s pitched well, but the Royals have simply tanked it in the last 4 weeks.  They’re 10-20 in the last 30 games they’ve played.

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