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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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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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World Series Rays Phillies BaseballPhillies 10 – Blue Jays 0: Jayson Werth, a former Blue Jay, became the 14th player in the history of the SKYDOME (damnit, we’ll call it what we want), to hit a bomb into the top deck.  Probably a similar achievement as to hitting on the roof at old Tiger Stadium or into the water at AT&T Park.  It was a shot.  J.A. Happ also had a big pitching performance and kept that zero clean through all nine innings.  No one seems to want to run away with the NL East.  We’ve still got the Mets just because of the pitching.

Yankees 5 – Mets 0: Thanks Mets.  Way to make us look stupid for picking you.  A.J. Burnett was down right illegal last night.  He had a no-no through five and only allowed one hit through seven with 10 Ks.  Jorge Posada’s sixth inning 3-run homer was the big blow as it made the lead insurmountable for an offense without Carlos’ Beltran and Delgado.  Mets need some offense.  Bad.

Red Sox 1 – Braves 0: Tim Wakefield pitched his second career 1-0 game.  It was his first since 1995.  The knuckler was dancin’ all night long and believe it or not… Tim Wakefield is 10-3.  He’s got more wins than a charging Josh Beckett.  The Red Sox are dangerous right now.  Papi’s stick is back as he’s quickly up to 8 HRs on the season.  The only notable portion of the box score?  Brian McCann stole a base.  Man has a small hip-hop…hip-hop….hip-hop anonymous?  Not sure how to spell that.  He’s slow.  That’s what we’re trying to say.

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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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joel pineiroCardinals 3 – Mets 0: Joel Pineiro has two complete games this season, both of them shutouts.  This guy has a career 4.50 ERA and had 3 shutouts total coming into this season.  Is Dave Duncan what Leo Mazzone was supposed to be?  Just without three of the greatest pitchers of all-time?  The Mets are going to struggle mightily over the next few weeks with many of their players on the shelf.  David Wright is going to need to play out of his mind.  MetsBlog has the fans’ confidence rating at 43%.  But, Mets fans were probably jumping off a cliff long ago.  They’d rather the team collapse now than at the end of the season.  The Mets had two as many hits as Albert Pujols had RBIs.  Two.

Tigers 5 – Cubs 4: Get Kevin Gregg out of the closer’s role NOW.  We can’t say much more than that other than Micah Hoffpauir has hit two HRs in the last week that have put the Cubs ahead after the seventh inning.  The Cubs haven’t won either game.  Moving right along…

Blue Jays 7 – Reds 5: Joey Votto was activated in his home town prior to this game but it wasn’t enough for the Rainbow Coalition to beat the Blue Jays. Brian Tallet went 6 scoreless innings and even though every bullpen pitcher but Jason Frasor allowed at least one run, the Jays held on.  Bigger fantasy contributor/surprise this year:  Marco Scutaro or Aaron Hill?

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White Sox Cubs BaseballCubs 6 – White Sox 5: We don’t get a chance to be homers much because the Cubs are playing so poorly this year.  So, we’ll take this time to gloat.  What a comeback!  The Cubs trailed 5-1 going into the bottom of the eighth and we were about to turn the TV off.  Then, it all started.  Micah Hoffpauir picked up a walk.  Soriano finally got a hit.  And Derrek Lee put one into the basket in right and the Cubs were down one.  The following batter, a struggling Geovany Soto, drilled Scott Linebrink’s fastball to deep left and the game was tied.  We were on our back deck screaming and sending updates to all our friends at work.  Matt Thornton doomed the Sox in the ninth as he allowed Reed Johnson to reach leading off and Soriano came through with two outs to drive him in from second.  Man, the Cubs needed this.  Kerry Wood and Mark DeRosa make their return to Wrigley this weekend.  We hope they get cheered.

Nationals 3 – Yankees 0: The Yankees scored 7 runs this entire series and ended up losing two out of three to the worst team in baseball.  Don’t blame the pitching in this one as everyone blamed Wang yesterday (also, wrong).  It might be hard to get your bats going after a five hour rain delay, but you gotta score at least one.  The Yankees were actually pretty cool though and allowed all the fans who stayed through the rain delay to sit where ever they wanted to.  The iron curtain of George is slowly coming down at new Yankee Stadium.

Orioles 5 – Mets 4: Aubrey Huff was the hero for the second day in a row after being the goat in the first game of the series.  He went 3 for 5 with the game winning single in the ninth off of K-Rod who hasn’t been the same since the error in Yankee Stadium.  This Matt Wieters kid better figure it out quick.  He saw a total of 7 pitches in 4 at bats in this game.  Patience will need to be exercised for him to be successful at the major league level.

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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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