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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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wandy-rodriguezAstros 5 – Pirates 0: It was against the Pirates so it’s really not that impressive.  Nevertheless, Wandy (ugh) Rodriguez picked up his 8th win of the season while striking out 11 in this one.  Big Puma (anytime we can mention that nickname, we do) is only hitting .277 but that .402 OBP is very impressive.  Long shot from a season ago, but still a franchise 1B.  Do the Astros trade someone like Wandy since they in a slight rebuilding mode?  We suggested Roy Oswalt a while back.  We think it’s time to blow up that project and start over.  The NL Central is there for the taking in the next 3-5 years.  Side-note:  When you Google image Wandy – That card comes up like 900 times?  What the hell?

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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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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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Tim LincecumGiants 10 – Cardinals 0: Lincecum has returned to form.  Did you have any doubts?  We did.  He’s built like Roy Oswalt and we’ve seen him fall apart in the last few years.  Still, the kid is performing as he should right now.  Perhaps they’re placing $1,000 on the ground for him to reach for after every pitch.  He struck out 8 in a complete game, 2-hit shutout.  Six Giants contributed by driving in at least one run.  The Giants are dangerous in the NL West.  Beware Dodgers.  You’re one injury away from falling from grace.

Astros 3 – Padres 1: Speaking of the Roy Oswalt, he felt it would be necessary to nearly match Lincecum on this night.  He struck out 8 as well but allowed a run unlike TIMMY!  Pudge and El Caballo chipped in with an RBI each.  The Padres have got to start selling parts soon.  Peavy and Young are hurt.  They’re not competing this year.  What position do they need help at the most?  We say corner outfielders.

Cubs 3 – Pirates 1: We won?  What?  Rich Harden pitched a gem?  PEDs?  Oh…we played the Pirates.  Ok.  Not a big surprise, then.  Milton Bradley contributed in a positive way!  Our favorite Cubs this year consist of Andres Blanco, Ted Lilly and Angel Guzman.  Not much to cheer about there.  SELL!

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tommy hansonBraves 2 – Red Sox 1: Tommy Hanson is 4-0.  Up until commenter younglefty mentioned him in a previous Touch ‘Em All, we had never heard from him.  But, when Peter Gammons gives you a thumbs up, we listen.  Baseball is one sport where we actually like the ESPN crew.  Even while under the flu, Hanson pitched 6 scoreless innings and Mike Gonzalez almost blew the game for him in the ninth.  The Braves held on as Jacoby Ellsbury needed a trampoline to hit the final pitch of the game.  Chipper Jones and Garrett Anderson homered to provide the Braves offense.

Phillies 5 – Blue Jays 4: Aaron Hill hit two home runs and it still wasn’t enough for the Blue Jays.  There was no scoring after the fifth inning of this game as Jamie Moyer some how pitched 5 innings and gave up 4 ERs… yet still won.  Chase Utley provided the offense with a run scoring double and triple for the Phils.  Someone has to break out in the NL East soon.  We had the Mets until Carlos Beltran, Delgado, and Jose Reyes all went down.  The Phillies need to take advantage.  Fast.

Royals 3 – Pirates 2: Normally, we would never give you a recap of these two teams.  But Zack Greinke now has 10 wins, so we felt obligated to.  His ERA is back below 2.00 but his K/9 in his last 4 outings is alarming.  4.84.  That’s terrible.  Greinke is a strikeout pitcher, not a contact guy.  How does Joakim Soria only have 9 saves?  And how does Mariano Rivera think Soria is better than him?

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