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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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joel pineiroCardinals 5 – Brewers 1: Joel Piniero now has 4 CGs this year.  This was his 7th win and he’s only 7-9 on the season.  But the guy has been lights out for about a month now and it’s starting to worry us as Cubs fans.  The Cardinals are coming into Wrigley this weekend (we’re going to the double-header on Sunday!) and the Cubs need to win 2 out of 3.  Thankfully, we don’t have to face Piniero.  Now, there’s a sentence we thought we’d never write.

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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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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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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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Brewers Indians BaseballBrewers 14 – Indians 12: The Indians failed on the two point conversation Statue of Liberty play and couldn’t tie this one up.  Prince Fielder and Ryan Braun were country strong in this one.  Both of them went deep, Fielder with a slam.  Carl Pavano was back to the worthless version of himself.  5 inning and 6 earned runs.  We think he made something like $1.2M a start in New York to suck for four years.  Victor Martinez is having a really great bounce back year after falling off the map in 2008.  He hit his 11th tater in this one but it ended up being just short.  We’re hoping the Brewers continue to struggle against the AL Central tomorrow.  No more of this winning stuff.

Angels 9 – Giants 7: Pablo Sandoval’s head looks like a pumpkin but the kid can rake.  He had 4 RBIs in this one but unfortunately it wasn’t enough.  Barry Zito got roughed up in this outing and was tagged with his seventh loss of the year.  Torii Hunter left the game with bruised ribs after making a great catch in center field.  The Angels can’t afford to lose Hunter, one of their lone bright spots all season.  Vlad hasn’t started hitting, and in fact, sat in this one.  He came on to pinch hit and did reach base.  Jon Lackey went 7 strong in this before the bullpen made it close.  Angels are missing K-Rod as Brian Fuentes is 17-20 this year in saves.

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Mets Yankees BaseballYankees 15 – Mets 0: This weekend for the Mets was just like one giant kick to the collective groin.  The Friday loss was despicable.  Saturday K-Rod manages to open his mouth and incite the Yankees.  And Sunday, they get rolled and shutout.  Robinson Cano was big in this one driving in 3 runs.  Johan Santana went 3 IP and gave up 9 ERs.  It was the single worst start of his major league career.  Luis Castillo needs to be in the witness protection program for a few weeks in N.Y.  Or, they could just designate him for assignment already.

Dodgers 6 – Rangers 3: Chad Billingsley is arguably the NL Cy Young award winning right now.  He leads the NL in wins, picking up his ninth in this one.  And, he isn’t just a thrower.  He only struck out three in this one needing only 97 pitches to get through 7 full innings.  Casey Blake pretty much carried the offense as he drove in 4 runs, 3 of them coming on a homer.  The Rangers were one of the hottest teams to start the season.  They’re cooling off as they lost Josh Hamilton two weeks ago and Frank Francisco could be headed to the DL as well.

Angels 6 – Padres 0: Jered Weaver is starting a revolution.  This guy killed our fantasy stat lines for two seasons so we avoided him this year like LeBron at the end of the Eastern Conference Finals.  He went all nine innings in this one to earn his first shutout of the year and his seventh win.  The Angels are healthy, almost, and they’re starting to get rolling.  They need Vlad to start picking up his share of the runs soon or he could be moved down in the lineup.  The Padres won nine straight not too long ago.  They’re back to their old ways.  Don’t expect to see much from them, especially with Peavy out.

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