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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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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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Roy HalladayJ.P. Ricciardi’s phone is going to be ringing off the hook in the next few weeks.  He’s opened the door to trading who we think is the most reliable and most talented pitcher in baseball.  Roy Halladay is an innings eater that has been living in relative obscurity for 12 seasons north of the border.

This is going to be the most talked about name prior to the trade deadline and if he is in fact traded, he’ll have the greatest impact on pennant races going into the 2nd half.  But, who is willing to put together the package required to land Halladay?  It’s going to require prospects, payroll and some onions by a GM willing to risk their future on winning a title in the next two seasons.

We’ve got a few ideas on who fits that persona.

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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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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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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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