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Week11 Power rankings

Eric Luchetti and Pat DeCola
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Posted January 27, 2011 12:57 PM EST
The winter meetings wrapped up last week with the Red Sox adding outfielder Carl Crawford and all but locking up the top spot in our latest Power Rankings. ... That is until the Phillies and Cliff Lee celebrated an unexpected homecoming late Monday night. All this and more in the special post-winter meetings edition of Power Rankings.

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Atlanta Braves

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Philadelphia Phillies

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RK Team RECORD CHANGE HIGH/LOW COMMENTS
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37-20 - 1/16
Joe Maddon found a new leadoff man in catcher/DH John Jaso, who had five RBIs Sunday. Despite a 5-8 stretch that ended with Jaso's big day, the Rays lead the majors with 22 road victories and still have the best ERA in the American League.
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35-22 - 1/4
Curtis Granderson homered in his first week back, and now Jorge Posada is to begin catching drills this week. Javier Vazquez has made two strong starts, and when Mark Teixeira (.211, 0-for-10 with five strikeouts Saturday and Sunday) finds his stroke, looExpand Description
Curtis Granderson homered in his first week back, and now Jorge Posada is to begin catching drills this week. Javier Vazquez has made two strong starts, and when Mark Teixeira (.211, 0-for-10 with five strikeouts Saturday and Sunday) finds his stroke, look out. Collapse Description
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33-25 8 3/23
You have to go back to Milwaukee to find a streak like the one the Braves compiled last week -- a nine-game winning streak in which the opponent scored three runs or fewer each time. Atlanta was 20-6 (7-0-2 in nine series) since losing two of three in PhiExpand Description
You have to go back to Milwaukee to find a streak like the one the Braves compiled last week -- a nine-game winning streak in which the opponent scored three runs or fewer each time. Atlanta was 20-6 (7-0-2 in nine series) since losing two of three in Philadelphia in early May.Collapse Description
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33-25 4 3/14
Chris Carpenter became the third pitcher in modern history and first in the NL to win at least 75 of his first 100 decisions with one team, according to Elias, when he beat Cincinnati on Wednesday to go to 75-25. Only Boston's Pedro Martinez (78-22) and CExpand Description
Chris Carpenter became the third pitcher in modern history and first in the NL to win at least 75 of his first 100 decisions with one team, according to Elias, when he beat Cincinnati on Wednesday to go to 75-25. Only Boston's Pedro Martinez (78-22) and Cy Young (75-25) did it since 1900.Collapse Description
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5

33-24 2 1/15
More respect for Justin Morneau -- the A's walked Morneau when he pinch-hit with one out and no runners on in the top of the ninth inning Saturday, starting a two-run rally that gave the Twins a 5-4 victory, their seventh in 10 games.
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34-23 2 2/28
The Padres are boosting their cache of frequent flyer miles during a stretch in which they play 13 of 22 games on the road, with their current East Coast trip -- Washington, New York, Philadelphia -- to be followed by stops in Tampa and Miami the last weeExpand Description
The Padres are boosting their cache of frequent flyer miles during a stretch in which they play 13 of 22 games on the road, with their current East Coast trip -- Washington, New York, Philadelphia -- to be followed by stops in Tampa and Miami the last week of the month. Still pitching: 3.05 team ERA.Collapse Description
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7

34-25 - 1/23
John Lester has won seven straight, and he lowered his ERA in each of his last four starts, now down to a season-low 2.73, by giving up two earned runs in his last 28 1/3 innings. Lefties are hitting .219 against him; righties are worse, .186.
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8

33-25 2 2/28
The best way to build belief is winning in extra innings on the road, and the Reds have done it seven straight times, dating to last June. Under Bryan Price's tutelage, Rookie of the Year candidate Mike Leake had given up nine earned runs in his previous Expand Description
The best way to build belief is winning in extra innings on the road, and the Reds have done it seven straight times, dating to last June. Under Bryan Price's tutelage, Rookie of the Year candidate Mike Leake had given up nine earned runs in his previous 52 1/3 innings before Monday's appearance. Collapse Description
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9

33-25 - 5/24
The Jays continue to show they are for real, coming within two innings of a weekend sweep of the Yankees in the most difficult division in baseball. It does not get easier -- the Jays do not play a team with a losing record at this point until reaching ClExpand Description
The Jays continue to show they are for real, coming within two innings of a weekend sweep of the Yankees in the most difficult division in baseball. It does not get easier -- the Jays do not play a team with a losing record at this point until reaching Cleveland the last week of the month.Collapse Description
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10

34-24 - 5/23
Heady Casey Blake coaxed a walkoff balk -- a balkoff? -- when the Dodgers won three home games in their final at-bat against Arizona last week. Rule 5 rookie Carlos Monasterios made two strong starts while filling in at the No. 5 spot in rotation as the DExpand Description
Heady Casey Blake coaxed a walkoff balk -- a balkoff? -- when the Dodgers won three home games in their final at-bat against Arizona last week. Rule 5 rookie Carlos Monasterios made two strong starts while filling in at the No. 5 spot in rotation as the Dodgers keep finding ways to win.Collapse Description
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11

30-26 6 1/16
It is almost too much to believe: Until scoring 12 runs Saturday and Sunday against San Diego, the Phillies had scored 17 runs in their previous 12 games. Charlie Manuel was not pleased. He ordered the clubhouse big screen turned off 90 minutes before gamExpand Description
It is almost too much to believe: Until scoring 12 runs Saturday and Sunday against San Diego, the Phillies had scored 17 runs in their previous 12 games. Charlie Manuel was not pleased. He ordered the clubhouse big screen turned off 90 minutes before games and stressed regaining the drive that has led the Phils to consecutive World Series appearances.Collapse Description
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12

31-25 - 3/18
Freddy Sanchez's return to Pittsburgh for the first time since his July trade went well -- 7-for-13, two RBIs -- to extend a 10-game hitting streak. Even better, Tim Lincecum edged closer to form, throwing seven innings and leaving his control issues behiExpand Description
Freddy Sanchez's return to Pittsburgh for the first time since his July trade went well -- 7-for-13, two RBIs -- to extend a 10-game hitting streak. Even better, Tim Lincecum edged closer to form, throwing seven innings and leaving his control issues behind Sunday. Worse, Mark DeRosa neared season-ending wrist surgery. Collapse Description
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13

30-27 - 7/18
Jimenez gave up his second homer of the season Sunday but gave up only two runs while moving to 11-1. He is the third pitcher in major-league history to allow two or fewer runs in each of his first 12 starts of a season and is three short of Detroit's Al Expand Description
Jimenez gave up his second homer of the season Sunday but gave up only two runs while moving to 11-1. He is the third pitcher in major-league history to allow two or fewer runs in each of his first 12 starts of a season and is three short of Detroit's Al Benton, who did it in his first 15 starts in 1945, according to Elias.Collapse Description
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30-27 2 3/20
Josh Hamilton took a cortisone shot in his right knee Saturday, and while it did not keep him from pinch-hitting Sunday it is something to keep an eye on, since Hamilton had surgeries on both knees for meniscus issues in the minors.
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15

32-28 5 2/23
The Angels are back in the AL West -- OK, they were never really out of it -- even in Kendry Morales' absence after winning. Mike Scioscia had his priorities right Sunday, when he attended his daughter's high school graduation and let Ron Roenicke handle Expand Description
The Angels are back in the AL West -- OK, they were never really out of it -- even in Kendry Morales' absence after winning. Mike Scioscia had his priorities right Sunday, when he attended his daughter's high school graduation and let Ron Roenicke handle a victory over Seattle.Collapse Description
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16

29-27 2 6/21
Armando Galarraga returns to the mound tonight, richer and more respected than ever after his perfect game that was denied by a last-out missed call. General Motors presented Galarraga with a Corvette and Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez praised his nativExpand Description
Armando Galarraga returns to the mound tonight, richer and more respected than ever after his perfect game that was denied by a last-out missed call. General Motors presented Galarraga with a Corvette and Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez praised his native son's demeanor in the uproar. Collapse Description
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17

30-27 - 5/24
Johan Santana cannot get much support -- the Mets are 6-6 in games he has started, despite the fact he has a 2.76 ERA. "That's unacceptable. When he starts, we have to win 75 percent of the time," Jeff Francoeur said. Also: The Mets have not won consecutiExpand Description
Johan Santana cannot get much support -- the Mets are 6-6 in games he has started, despite the fact he has a 2.76 ERA. "That's unacceptable. When he starts, we have to win 75 percent of the time," Jeff Francoeur said. Also: The Mets have not won consecutive road games since late July 2009.Collapse Description
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18

30-29 3 7/27
A 9-8 victory in Boston on Thursday secured a winning record (6-4) on an Eastern swing that included series victories in Baltimore and Detroit, although some of momentum dissipated in a series loss to Minnesota. Vain Mazzaro will place disabled Brett AndeExpand Description
A 9-8 victory in Boston on Thursday secured a winning record (6-4) on an Eastern swing that included series victories in Baltimore and Detroit, although some of momentum dissipated in a series loss to Minnesota. Vain Mazzaro will place disabled Brett Anderson in the rotation.Collapse Description
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19

28-30 1 9/24
Can't-miss prospect Mike Stanton, 20, was scheduled to make his major-league debut Tuesday after wowing the Marlins in spring training and continuing to shine at Class AA Jacksonville, hitting .311 with 11 homers and 52 RBIs in 52 games.
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20

27-31 1 12/30
The whole world is watching. Stephen Strasburg was scheduled to make his much-anticipated debut Tuesday against Pittsburgh, the first of two starts in a well-timed recall, at least from a ticket-sales perspective.
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21

26-31 - 14/29
Scoring seven runs and losing two out of three to St. Louis is one thing; scoring 15 in five games while losing series to Pittsburgh and Houston is another. Tyler Colvin is poised to join Starlin Castro in the starting lineup as Lou Piniella searches for Expand Description
Scoring seven runs and losing two out of three to St. Louis is one thing; scoring 15 in five games while losing series to Pittsburgh and Houston is another. Tyler Colvin is poised to join Starlin Castro in the starting lineup as Lou Piniella searches for offense. Collapse Description
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22

24-32 - 7/28
The Sox do have some trading chips if general manager Kenny Williams wants to look to the future. Texas has scouted A.J. Pierzynski heavily, and big bat Paul Konerko is having a contract year in the final year of his deal. The Sox may not be able to afforExpand Description
The Sox do have some trading chips if general manager Kenny Williams wants to look to the future. Texas has scouted A.J. Pierzynski heavily, and big bat Paul Konerko is having a contract year in the final year of his deal. The Sox may not be able to afford him next year, anyway. Collapse Description
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23

24-34 1 23/30
Matinee idol Brian Bannister is now 20-8 in day games with a repertoire that while not overpowering just misses the barrel. Bannister, son of flame-thrower Floyd Bannister, has won his last five; one more and he ties Zack Greinke's start last year.
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24

23-34 1 9/26
Money cannot buy continued performance, as the Brewers were the latest to learn when they released Jeff Suppan on Monday. Suppan, whose four-year, $42 million deal was the richest in team history, never returned to the form that prompted the contract, a sExpand Description
Money cannot buy continued performance, as the Brewers were the latest to learn when they released Jeff Suppan on Monday. Suppan, whose four-year, $42 million deal was the richest in team history, never returned to the form that prompted the contract, a strong 2006 season capped by postseason excellence.Collapse Description
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25

23-34 - 13/29
The departure of Griffey was inevitable, given his lack of playing time, and now the M's must try to salvage something of a season that has been a major disappointment. They started well, taking three of four from the Twins.
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26

23-34 1 19/30
Garrett Jones seems to be catching fire again with three homers last week, and his resume shows long balls can come in bunches -- he hit 10 of his 21 2009 homers in July. The Bucs have the fewest hits in the majors, so they must make them count.
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27

23-35 1 14/28
After a 10-game losing streak for a team with an $80 million payroll, CEO Derrick Hall will not stand pat: "This group for the most part has been together for about three seasons and they just haven't won collectively . . . there just seems to be somethinExpand Description
After a 10-game losing streak for a team with an $80 million payroll, CEO Derrick Hall will not stand pat: "This group for the most part has been together for about three seasons and they just haven't won collectively . . . there just seems to be something missing. I think we have to make some player changes and start to build for the future."Collapse Description
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28

22-36 1 16/30
A four-game winning streak highlighted a strong week for streaky Houston, which still has the worst offense in the NL but used two walkoff victories over Washington and two saves from high-90s right-hander Matt Lindstrom to win consecutive series for the Expand Description
A four-game winning streak highlighted a strong week for streaky Houston, which still has the worst offense in the NL but used two walkoff victories over Washington and two saves from high-90s right-hander Matt Lindstrom to win consecutive series for the second time this season.Collapse Description
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29

21-35 1 13/29
Grady Sizemore's season-ending micro-fracture surgery on his left knee only hastens Cleveland's evaluation process.
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30

16-41 - 20/30
Instability has marked Peter Angelos' ownership. Interim manager Juan Samuel, who replaced Dave Trembley last week, is the ninth manager since Angelos took over in 1993.
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AL Standings

Eastern Division

TEAM W L
Orioles 59 46
Blue Jays 58 50
Yankees 55 51
Rays 53 54
Red Sox 48 59

Central Division

TEAM W L
Tigers 57 46
Royals 53 52
Indians 52 54
White Sox 52 55
Twins 48 57

Western Division

TEAM W L
Athletics 66 40
Angels 63 42
Mariners 55 51
Astros 43 64
Rangers 42 65

NL Standings

Eastern Division

TEAM W L
Nationals 57 47
Braves 58 49
Marlins 53 53
Mets 51 56
Phillies 47 60

Central Division

TEAM W L
Brewers 59 49
Pirates 57 49
Cardinals 56 49
Reds 53 53
Cubs 44 61

Western Division

TEAM W L
Dodgers 60 47
Giants 57 50
Padres 47 59
Diamondbacks 46 61
Rockies 43 63