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Week2 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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Pittsburgh Pirates

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Los Angeles Dodgers

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RK Team RECORD CHANGE HIGH/LOW COMMENTS
1

1-0 1 1/23
Dr. Dre, LeBron James, Steven Tyler, Neil Diamond and Pedro Martinez. Impressive Opening Day cast. The win over the Yankees wasn't bad, either.
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2

1-0 1 2/23
Nice debut for Hideki Matsui (single, homer), and the bullpen tossed three shutout innings. One of the most complete clubs anywhere.
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3

0-1 2 1/4
Joe Girardi's team lost its first eight games against Boston last year, and everything turned out fine. Let's not get too carried away . . . yet.
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4

1-0 - 1/16
Seven innings, one earned run for Roy Halladay on Opening Day. Sounds about right. Placido Polanco drove in six. Welcome back to Philly.
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5

1-0 1 3/14
Albert Pujols is currently on pace to hit 324 home runs this year. Can I change my NL Central pick?
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6

1-0 1 3/23
With all due respect to Carlos Zambrano and the Cubs, I could watch the replay of Jason Heyward's home run all day. What a moment.
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7

0-0 2 1/16
Why wait until Tuesday night to open the season? I like the Rays, but I'm docking them two spots.
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8

1-0 1 7/28
Mark Buehrle tossed seven shutout innings and won the Opening Day Gold Glove for his long-snapper-in-motion play near first base.
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9

1-0 1 3/18
My pick to win the National League pennant looked terrific on Monday. Of course, Tim Lincecum had a lot to do with that.
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10

1-0 1 3/20
After a spring training that raised concerns about his health and arm, Jarrod Saltalamacchia was one of Monday's biggest heroes.
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11

1-0 1 7/18
Jeff Francis may be on the disabled list, but Ubaldo Jimenez most assuredly is not. In the absence of Huston Street, Jim Tracy used five relievers on Monday.
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12

1-0 4 6/21
Johnny Damon, Magglio Ordonez, Miguel Cabrera and Carlos Guillen each had two hits in the opener. If that group remains productive, this could be a playoff team.
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13

1-0 5 13/29
Who knew Casey Kotchman could look this good as a No. 3 hitter? With four RBIs, he was Seattle's Opening Day hero.
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14

0-1 6 5/23
Maybe Vicente Padilla isn't a No. 1 starter after all: 4 1/3 innings, seven earned runs and two Garrett Jones homers on Opening Day.
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15

0-1 1 1/15
I always give the Twins the benefit of the doubt . . . but if you line up all 30 Opening Day starters, where would Scott Baker rank?
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16

0-1 1 2/28
Albert Pujols made the Reds look bad in the opener. It happens. I give them credit for naming Mike Leake (zero minor league experience) to their rotation.
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17

0-1 4 9/26
Only three runs despite 12 knocks on Opening Day. Where's the timely hitting for my NL Central pick? Carlos Gomez (four hits) had a nice Milwaukee debut.
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18

0-1 3 14/29
There are losses, and then there are Cubs losses. Really, 16 runs allowed on Opening Day? Big Z couldn't even finish the second inning.
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19

1-0 5 5/24
If this is to be a happy summer in Flushing, Johan Santana and David Wright will need to have big seasons. Both looked terrific on Monday -- Santana won, Wright homered.
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20

1-0 2 14/28
Still have my doubts about Arizona's chances to contend, but Stephen Drew's inside-the-parker was an entertaining way to start the season.
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21

1-0 6 19/30
This might be the last time Pittsburgh ranks this high. But the Pirates (or at least Garrett Jones) must get some credit for an 11-5 trouncing of the Dodgers.
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22

0-1 1 5/24
Shaun Marcum held Texas without a hit through six innings but ended up with a no-decision in the loss. Jason Frasor's blown save won't help his trade value.
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23

0-0 3 20/30
The Baltimore lineup didn't look very impressive during spring training. And with a young pitching staff, this team needs to hit.
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24

0-1 5 9/24
Tough opener for Josh Johnson against the Mets. Tougher for center fielder Cameron Maybin (0-for-4, three strikeouts).
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25

0-1 1 2/28
San Diego committed two errors and allowed four unearned runs on Opening Day. The Padres aren't good enough to get away with that.
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26

0-1 5 13/29
Blanked by Mark Buehrle and the White Sox bullpen on Opening Day. Sorry, Indians fans: It wasn't an aberration.
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27

0-1 2 7/27
Closer Andrew Bailey, the '09 Rookie of the Year, suffered from tennis elbow during the spring. Still trying to figure out why Bob Geren put him into a tie game with men on base in Monday's opener.
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28

0-1 - 16/30
Tim Lincecum has the ability to make a lot of lineups look bad . . . but this Houston team isn't very exciting. The good news: Roy Oswalt turned in a quality start.
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29

0-1 - 23/30
Zack Greinke pitched well for six innings and then the bullpen messed everything up. Stop me if you've heard this before.
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30

0-1 - 12/30
Maybe manager Jim Riggleman should have asked President Obama to throw the second pitch, too.
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AL Standings

Eastern Division

TEAM W L
Orioles 58 46
Blue Jays 56 50
Yankees 54 50
Rays 51 54
Red Sox 48 57

Central Division

TEAM W L
Tigers 57 45
Royals 53 51
Indians 52 53
White Sox 51 55
Twins 47 57

Western Division

TEAM W L
Athletics 65 39
Angels 63 41
Mariners 54 51
Astros 42 63
Rangers 41 64

NL Standings

Eastern Division

TEAM W L
Nationals 57 45
Braves 57 48
Marlins 51 53
Mets 50 55
Phillies 46 59

Central Division

TEAM W L
Brewers 59 47
Cardinals 56 48
Pirates 55 49
Reds 52 52
Cubs 42 61

Western Division

TEAM W L
Dodgers 59 47
Giants 57 48
Padres 46 58
Diamondbacks 45 60
Rockies 43 61