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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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Paul KonerkoWhite Sox 10 – Indians 6: Paul Konerko made the Indians pitchers wish the phone had never rang in the bullpen.  He hit 3 HRs and drove in 7 RBIs (on our fantasy bench!).  Mark Buerhle is 9-2 after this win and he didn’t exactly shine in this outing.  Alexei Ramirez appears primed for a huge second half with the Sox.  After hitting barely .200 for much of April and May, he’s at the .276 mark and now has 11 HRs.  The Indians should be selling anything and everything they can.  Including Victor Martinez.

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NL EastOver the past few days, the NL East laid bare for all to see just how up in the air the division title is, and how 80% of the teams have a legitimate shot.  Here are the recent goings on:

  • Braves sweep Phillies
  • Mets drop 2 of 3 to Milwaukee after being swept by the Yankees
  • Marlins sweep the Nationals, after being swept by the Rays
  • Marlins take 2 of 3 from the Pirates
  • Phillies sweep the Mets
  • Braves lose 2 of 3 to the Nationals

As you can see, no one team has really taken the division by the reins.  So, which team wants to win it, and which has the best chance?  Our dime store analysis is as follows: (more…)

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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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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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clint-barmesRockies 5 – Pirates 4: Jim Tracy has the Rockies at 19-5 since he took over for Clint Hurdle.  The solution?  The Rockies are finally hitting.  The bullpens in this game managed to combine for 6.1 scoreless innings in this one as no one scored after the sixth inning. Clint Barmes has been raking lately and he picked up 2 RBIs and scored 2 runs in this game.  Huston Street picked up his 16th save of the year and it only took five pitches to do so.  The Pirates did not have a candle light vigil before this game and wanted to make that very clear.

Orioles 2 – Phillies 1: The Phillies ruined a 10 K performance from Cole Hamels by only providing one run of support.  They went 1-8 on this latest homestand as the Orioles swept them out.  They’re an astounding 13-22 at the band box that is Citizen’s Bank Park this year.  Last year’s world champs have been offensively challenged this year as their home run total has dropped significantly.  Brad Lidge’s six blown saves aren’t helping anything either.

Cardinals 12 – Royals 5: Albery Pujols is the best player in baseball right now.  That took us about 15 minutes to type it was so painful.  The Cardinal first basemen hit home runs 25 and 26 and leads the majors this year.  Can we just say that his name was on that list in 2003 already?  An early Christmas gift perhaps?  Sadly, we think it’s not but as Cubs fans we’d love to rub that in Cardinal fans faces.  One of those homers was also his 3rd grand slam already this year.  Will fat Albert eventually start getting Bonds treatment circa 2002?

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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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