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Week17 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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St. Louis Cardinals

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Los Angeles Dodgers

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RK Team RECORD CHANGE HIGH/LOW COMMENTS
1

62-35 - 1/4
Another injury test for the Yanks -- Andy Pettitte is expected to miss at least a month after suffering a groin injury on Sunday. Sergio Mitre will be the initial rotation replacement.
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2

59-38 - 1/16
The Rays will have another chance to gain ground on the Yankees next week, when they host a three-game series in St. Pete. The teams play 10 more times this season; the Rays balance that with 12 more games against Baltimore.
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3

58-39 2 2/28
The Padres smartly extended manager Bud Black's contract for another three years after a weekend sweep of Arizona, when they combined eight homers with smart "little ball" play, like Yorvit Torrealba's two-out bunt single that drove in an insurance run frExpand Description
The Padres smartly extended manager Bud Black's contract for another three years after a weekend sweep of Arizona, when they combined eight homers with smart "little ball" play, like Yorvit Torrealba's two-out bunt single that drove in an insurance run from third in an 8-5 victory Saturday. Collapse Description
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4

58-41 2 3/20
After scuffling into the All-Star break by being swept by the Orioles, the Rangers limited Boston to 11 runs while taking three of four in Fenway, where Vladimir Guerrero also can say he played left field after his first career appearance in left Sunday.
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5

57-41 2 3/23
Catcher Brian McCann reprised his All-Star Game magic with a grand slam and a bases-loaded walk on Sunday. And maybe the NL's home-field advantage will mean a lot -- the Braves are 32-12 at Turner Field. The Braves are 15-1-4 in their past 20 series.
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6

55-44 2 1/23
With Dustin Pedroia, Victor Martinez, Jacoby Ellsbury, Jason Varitek, Clay Buchholz and Josh Beckett on the DL, the Red Sox had lost eight of 11 entering the week. Plus, they just found out they will be payees in the luxury tax, which might limit their trExpand Description
With Dustin Pedroia, Victor Martinez, Jacoby Ellsbury, Jason Varitek, Clay Buchholz and Josh Beckett on the DL, the Red Sox had lost eight of 11 entering the week. Plus, they just found out they will be payees in the luxury tax, which might limit their trade-deadline flexibility. Collapse Description
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7

51-48 - 7/18
Aaron Cook ended a road drought in a 2-0 victory at Cincinnati on Sunday after entering the game as one of four full-time NL starters without a road victory. Huston Street is 6 for 6 in save opportunities since returning from injury.
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8

55-44 6 3/14
With their first four-game sweep of the Dodgers in 23 years, the Cardinals moved back into first place in the NL Central. St. Louis plays only seven of its next 19 games with teams currently over .500 before meeting Cincinnati Aug. 9
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9

53-44 1 7/28
It appears 2009 AL Rookie of the Year Gordon Beckham is back. He is 14 for 24 with two homers and seven RBIs in a seven-game hitting streak through Sunday. Next up: 13 games against Seattle and Oakland.
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10

55-45 3 2/28
The Reds have been shut out a major-league-high 11 times, five by a 1-0 score. "These 1-0 games are killing us," Dusty Baker said. Rookie left-hander Travis Wood has given up one run and four hits in his past 15 innings ... and is 0-1.
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11

56-43 5 3/18
Six of the Giants' next 14 are against the Dodgers, with Tim Lincecum and Barry Zito in line to start two games apiece. The G-Men had won nine of 11 entering the first three-game Dodgers series Monday.
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12

53-46 3 1/15
The Twins helped themselves and Detroit by winning three in a row from Chicago, tightening the AL Central again. Brian Duensing appears a candidate to replace struggling Nick Blackburn in the rotation.
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13

51-46 4 6/21
Manager Jim Leyland blamed himself for the Tigers¿ four-game sweep in Cleveland. "Shame on us," he said. "I¿m shocked really."
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14

50-49 3 5/24
Talk about a lack of support -- Johan Santana has made six starts in which he has allowed no more than one run and in which he has not received a victory this season. Santana has given up two earned runs in his past 31 innings.
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15

53-46 5 5/23
Closer Jonathan Broxton's NL-long streak of 18 consecutive successful save conversions ended when he was asked to make a five-out save Sunday in St. Louis, as the Dodgers fell to 4-21 in Busch Stadium since 2004.
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16

53-46 4 1/16
Baseball is a funny game. Roy Halladay has given up six or more runs in a game three times in the league of the eight-man lineup this season, one more than in the past two years combined in the AL East.
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17

52-49 - 2/23
With Scott Kazmir on the disabled list, the Angels could become bigger players as the trade deadline approaches. They are facing a mean stretch in the next 12 games, against the Yankees (two), Texas (seven) and Boston (three).
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18

50-49 - 5/24
Consider Yunel Escobar's debut a success -- he was 6 for 13 with his first career grand slam and five RBIs after being acquired from Atlanta for Alex Gonzalez in the Jays' third season sweep of Baltimore. Toronto is 9-0 against the Orioles this season, wiExpand Description
Consider Yunel Escobar's debut a success -- he was 6 for 13 with his first career grand slam and five RBIs after being acquired from Atlanta for Alex Gonzalez in the Jays' third season sweep of Baltimore. Toronto is 9-0 against the Orioles this season, with nine more to come. Collapse Description
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19

50-48 1 7/27
Oakland is bringing its "A" game, winning five in a row and 12 of 18 entering a new week. With the quality young arms in the rotation, the A's would not be afraid to move Ben Sheets at the deadline.
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20

49-49 1 9/24
Chris Coghlan could land on the disabled list after suffering a strained lower back while making a diving catch Friday, bad news for a team that can use all the offense it can get.
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21

47-53 - 9/26
Enough is enough. Ken Macha spoke to former major-league umpire and current special assistant Bruce Froemming after Prince Fielder was hit two more times, the next time he batted after hitting a home run Saturday, bringing the Brewers' total to a majors-hExpand Description
Enough is enough. Ken Macha spoke to former major-league umpire and current special assistant Bruce Froemming after Prince Fielder was hit two more times, the next time he batted after hitting a home run Saturday, bringing the Brewers' total to a majors-high 47. Collapse Description
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22

45-54 - 14/29
Carlos Zambrano, on his road back to the rotation, was to pitch a simulated game at the Cubs' minor-league camp Monday before making a rehab start, likely at Triple-A Iowa. Lou Piniella may have him back the final week of July.
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23

42-57 - 12/30
After losing consecutive 1-0 games in Florida last weekend, the Nationals have lost 24 of their past 30 road games.
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24

41-57 3 13/29
The Indians opened the second half with their first four-game sweep over Detroit since 1991, limiting the Tigers to eight runs.
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25

42-56 1 23/30
Manager Ned Yost addressed the team about its focus after a Sunday loss, its sixth straight.
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26

39-60 2 13/29
The M's are 5-10 about halfway through a stretch in which 31 of their 34 games are against teams over .500.
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27

37-62 1 14/28
The rotation, which had been an overlooked strength, made only four quality starts in Kirk Gibson's first 13 games. The D-backs have been swept nine times this season, twice in San Diego.
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28

40-58 3 16/30
Carlos Lee was unable attend a Thursday post-break workout because he could not find a pilot for his private jet. And you thought you had problems.
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29

34-64 1 19/30
The young Pirates -- the top five in the batting order are in their first or second seasons -- came out swinging in Houston, with 17 and 19 hits, consecutive season highs, Saturday and Sunday.
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30

31-67 1 20/30
Baltimore was hitting .228 with runners in scoring position after being swept by Toronto over the weekend. "We¿re beating a dead horse here," manager Juan Samuel said.
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AL Standings

Eastern Division

TEAM W L
x-Orioles 96 66
Yankees 84 78
Blue Jays 83 79
Rays 77 85
Red Sox 71 91

Central Division

TEAM W L
x-Tigers 90 72
y-Royals 89 73
Indians 85 77
White Sox 73 89
Twins 70 92

Western Division

TEAM W L
x-Angels 98 64
y-Athletics 88 74
Mariners 87 75
Astros 70 92
Rangers 67 95

NL Standings

Eastern Division

TEAM W L
x-Nationals 96 66
Braves 79 83
Mets 79 83
Marlins 77 85
Phillies 73 89

Central Division

TEAM W L
x-Cardinals 90 72
y-Pirates 88 74
Brewers 82 80
Reds 76 86
Cubs 73 89

Western Division

TEAM W L
x-Dodgers 94 68
y-Giants 88 74
Padres 77 85
Rockies 66 96
Diamondbacks 64 98