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Week21 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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San Diego Padres

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Cincinnati Reds

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RK Team RECORD CHANGE HIGH/LOW COMMENTS
1

72-46 - 1/4
Robbie Cano and the Yanks will be looking to create some space in the AL East with seven straight against the less-than-stellar Tigers and Mariners this week.
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2

70-47 4 2/28
The Friars won six of seven heading into this week, including two of three from the second-place Giants.
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3

72-46 1 1/16
The Rays keep chugging along, propelled by a nice boost from rookie starter Jeremy Hellickson, who has earned three wins in his first three outings.
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4

68-50 3 1/15
After Minnesota took two of three from Chicago and swept Oakland, the Central race is starting to look like a one-team competition. The Twins host the ChiSox this week, but unfortunately Kevin ¿Good for seven no-hit innings¿ Slowey isn¿t lined up to pitchExpand Description
After Minnesota took two of three from Chicago and swept Oakland, the Central race is starting to look like a one-team competition. The Twins host the ChiSox this week, but unfortunately Kevin ¿Good for seven no-hit innings¿ Slowey isn¿t lined up to pitch.Collapse Description
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5

67-50 - 3/20
So far, so good against the AL East. After splitting a short series with New York and beating up on Boston for two of three, the Rangers head to the East Coast to bask in a playoff-like atmosphere (Rays) and then take some BP (Orioles).
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6

69-49 3 3/23
The Braves lost an icon last week when Chipper Jones went down, but Tim Hudson (3-0, 0.41 ERA in August) and Derek Lowe (1-1, 2.08 ERA in August) continue to lead a consistent staff toward October baseball.
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7

66-51 2 1/16
Chase Utley looks primed to return this week. Meanwhile these Phillies, behind Roy Halladay and his minuscule 1.86 ERA since the beginning of July, are in the thick of a tight NL East race.
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8

67-52 2 1/23
While the concern over Jonathan Papelbon (career-high six blown saves) grows, the division and wild-card gaps are quietly widening ¿ and not in Boston¿s favor.
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9

65-53 1 7/28
If they struggle at Target Field this week, the White Sox may be able to take solace in the fact that their following six games are on the road at Kansas City and at home versus Baltimore.
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10

67-51 8 2/28
The Reds bounced back from the embarrassing brawl against the Cards on Tuesday ¿ and subsequent sweep by the Redbirds ¿ to take three straight from the Marlins.
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11

62-55 1 5/24
Can Ricky Romero make Toronto forget its long-term romance with Doc Halladay? Jays fans now have five years to fall in love again after Romero signed an extension last week. Besides, in five years Roy will be past his prime and probably come crawling backExpand Description
Can Ricky Romero make Toronto forget its long-term romance with Doc Halladay? Jays fans now have five years to fall in love again after Romero signed an extension last week. Besides, in five years Roy will be past his prime and probably come crawling back, anyway. They always do. In related news, Toronto is nine games out of the wild card.Collapse Description
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12

65-51 2 3/14
The ¿little (expletives)¿ showed some personality by sweeping Cincinnati; unfortunately they couldn¿t take care of an old rival at home, losing two of three to the Cubs and falling out of first.
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13

67-52 2 3/18
Tim Lincecum (0-3, 9.00 ERA over his last three starts) has struggled lately. If the Giants want to get to the postseason, he will have to get back to his Cy Young form.
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14

61-56 1 7/18
A windy top of the ninth cost Ubaldo Jimenez his 18th victory of the season on Sunday but a walk-off winner kept the Rockies in the NL West hunt ¿ mathematically at least.
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15

60-59 1 5/23
The Dodgers, still without Rafael Furcal and Manny Ramirez, lost four of out six last week against the Braves and Phillies ¿ which doesn¿t bode well for a club hoping to compete for the NL wild card.
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16

60-59 4 2/23
Dan Haren in an Angels uniform: five starts, 1-3 record. Yuck. (In reality, his numbers aren¿t that horrendous. He sports a 3.44 ERA and 1.18 WHIP. But things need to turn around quickly for the Halos to get back in this thing.)
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17

57-59 2 7/27
Personally, we miss watching Eric Chavez light up the diamond. He¿s appeared in only 146 games since the start of the 2007 season. We can only imagine that the A¿s, who sit 10 games out, might be longing for their six-time Gold Glove third baseman as wellExpand Description
Personally, we miss watching Eric Chavez light up the diamond. He¿s appeared in only 146 games since the start of the 2007 season. We can only imagine that the A¿s, who sit 10 games out, might be longing for their six-time Gold Glove third baseman as well.Collapse Description
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18

59-59 - 5/24
Francisco Rodriguez had a tough week off the field only to be ¿welcomed¿ back to Citi Field with a chorus of boos. It has been that kind of season for the Mets, who continue to hover around .500.
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19

58-60 2 6/21
To quote Johnny Damon, "Dissension breeds winners. We should have done it earlier." In light of the skirmish between Armando Galarraga and catcher Alex Avila, the Tigers will need to have plenty more disagreements if they plan on climbing out of a 10.5-gaExpand Description
To quote Johnny Damon, "Dissension breeds winners. We should have done it earlier." In light of the skirmish between Armando Galarraga and catcher Alex Avila, the Tigers will need to have plenty more disagreements if they plan on climbing out of a 10.5-game hole in the division.Collapse Description
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20

51-66 2 16/30
The Astros continue to play energetic baseball since the departure of Lance Berkman and Roy Oswalt and look to build on the youth of this club for next year.
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21

57-60 2 9/24
The Marlins were swept by an angry Reds team at home, and continue to slip further away from the NL East juggernauts.
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22

55-64 5 9/26
The Brewers' pitching staff ranks third in all of baseball with 916 K¿s heading into the week; unfortunately that doesn¿t make up for ranking 26th in ERA (4.94) and 30th in WHIP (1.51).
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23

51-67 - 12/30
Stephen Strasburg looked good in a no-decision on Sunday and the Nats' future got immediately brighter when they announced they have reached a deal with 2010 top pick Bryce Harper.
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24

47-72 - 14/28
Daniel Hudson continues to provide hope for the Snakes. The young pitcher hasn¿t allowed more than two runs or pitched fewer than seven innings since joining the D-backs (3-0, 1.59 ERA for Arizona).
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25

46-73 3 13/29
Improvement! The Mariners now rank 29th in the league in home runs. They¿ve also won their past three series, albeit against the Royals, A¿s and Indians. Coincidentally, this all started the day Don Wakamatsu received his pink slip.
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26

50-69 3 14/29
Is Big Z auditioning for an offseason trade? His start on Saturday (5.2 IP, 2 ER, 3 Ks, 2 BBs in victory over Chris Carpenter and the Cardinals) offered a glimmer of hope for the once-dominant starter.
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27

49-69 1 13/29
Travis Hafner returned from the DL on Sunday and hit a moon shot for a grand slam off Felix Hernandez. The 2010 Hafner is a far cry from 2006 version, but his play down the stretch could be a step in the right direction for the Indians, who hold his rightExpand Description
Travis Hafner returned from the DL on Sunday and hit a moon shot for a grand slam off Felix Hernandez. The 2010 Hafner is a far cry from 2006 version, but his play down the stretch could be a step in the right direction for the Indians, who hold his rights through at least 2012 as they rebuild.Collapse Description
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28

49-69 3 23/30
If only every game could go as well as Sunday¿s win over the Yankees. Bryan Bullington pitched eight shutout innings, the Royals scored a run, and New York had more errors than hits. Yep, if only.
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29

42-77 2 20/30
With the teams a combined 56 games (DiMaggio, anyone?) out of the wild card, this week¿s O¿s-M¿s matchup is the highlight of our week, for sure.
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30

40-78 - 19/30
The Bucs rode a seven-game losing streak into Monday, securing yet another week in the bottom spot of the rankings.
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AL Standings

Eastern Division

TEAM W L
x-Orioles 93 61
Yankees 80 75
Blue Jays 78 77
Rays 75 80
Red Sox 67 88

Central Division

TEAM W L
Tigers 86 68
Royals 83 70
Indians 80 74
White Sox 70 84
Twins 66 88

Western Division

TEAM W L
x-Angels 96 59
Athletics 84 70
Mariners 83 71
Astros 68 87
Rangers 61 93

NL Standings

Eastern Division

TEAM W L
x-Nationals 91 64
Braves 76 78
Mets 75 80
Marlins 74 81
Phillies 71 84

Central Division

TEAM W L
y-Cardinals 87 68
Pirates 84 71
Brewers 80 76
Reds 71 84
Cubs 69 86

Western Division

TEAM W L
y-Dodgers 88 67
Giants 84 70
Padres 73 81
Rockies 64 91
Diamondbacks 62 93