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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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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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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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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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Yankees Braves BaseballYankees 8 – Braves 4: The Yankees were getting no hit before Joe Girardi came out of the visitor’s dugout at Turner Field and got ejected.  We saw the video.  He was definitely right.  The runner clearly was safe and did not get picked off.  Whatever he did, it woke up the Yankee bats as Francisco Cervelli hit his first major league home run right after the ejection. A-Rod sighting!  We see two RBIs!  Jeter and Damon both scored twice and even Mariano Rivera almost got a hit!  He did pick up save number 498.  Two more to be just the second person to join the 500 saves club.

White Sox 10 – Dodgers 7: The White Sox hit 6 HRs.  The whole team must be juicing.  Especially that shady Josh Fields kid who left the Cell twice (/Ibanez’d).  Randy Wolf didn’t look like the guy who was 3rd in the NL in Ks coming in.  He didn’t even make it out of the 4th inning.  The White Sox have some awful middle relief pitching experiments they try.  Dotel and Jenks have been the only reliable guy.  Jimmy Gobble…bring your playbook to Ozzie’s office.  It’s time you were sent packing.

Rays 7 – Phillies 1: Pat Burrell put a dent in against his former club.  He also did his interview in the 3rd person after the game.  Matt Garza went 8 solid innings and struck out 7 Phillies.  Ryan Howard was only one of them which just can’t be right.  Jason Bartlett is back for the Rays and continues to rake.  He is having an amazing breakout season and is probably the #1 SS in your fantasy league right now.

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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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