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Week24 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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Chicago White Sox

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San Diego Padres

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RK Team RECORD CHANGE HIGH/LOW COMMENTS
1

86-52 - 1/4
The Yankees' potent offense leads the league in runs scored by more than 60. They'll need this extra run support in the playoffs on nights when that 6-foot-7 lefty isn't on the mound.
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2

81-57 3 1/15
Jim Thome has redefined the word "bargain" for the Twins after notching his 16th career 20-homer season while playing on a one-year, $1.5 million deal. And he did it in fewer than 300 at-bats, no less.
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3

83-54 1 1/16
Plenty of time for the Rays to tighten the small AL East gap, especially with seven games left against New York. Closing the season with three series against Seattle, Baltimore and Kansas City might help, too.
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4

79-58 2 2/28
The Reds are an essential lock to be bundling up for October baseball, a great turnaround for a team that was 28th in our Power Rankings at one point in the season.
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5

79-60 3 1/16
Over the next two weeks, Philly has 13 games against NL East opponents with a combined 195-214 record before a three-game showdown with the Braves at Citizens Bank Park. Needless to say, its chances look good.
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6

79-59 1 3/23
Heading into the week, the Braves have a one-game lead over the red-hot Phils, a difference that might not be there come Sept. 20 when they head north.
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7

77-60 4 7/28
A sweep of the Red Sox at Fenway and a productive ManRam in house is an ego boost, but the South Side Sox have Sept. 14-16 circled on their calendar as the key point of the season, when Minnesota comes to town for a three-game set.
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8

75-62 5 3/20
Texas took a hit last week by losing MVP front-runner Josh Hamilton, who will be out for at least a week after making a leaping catch against the wall at Target Field, which he equated to being in a ¿car crash."
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9

77-61 - 3/18
In the midst of the Padres' self-induced implosion, the Giants suddenly find themselves a game out and in prime position to take the NL West crown.
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10

76-59 6 2/28
¿How Not to Finish a Season¿ ¿ the new feature-length film starring the San Diego Padres, losers of 10 straight.
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11

77-61 1 1/23
It is no coincidence that Jonathan Papelbon has a career-high seven blown saves in one of the more increasingly ugly Red Sox seasons in recent memory. A fourth-place AL East finish is still a possibility.
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12

73-64 - 7/18
The season began with the nation catching Ubaldo fever, but is coming to a close with a new pandemic ¿ Carlosteria. Gonzalez has been a pleasure to watch and doesn't look to be slowing down, starting off September with a bang (.591 BA).
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13

71-66 - 5/24
Jose Bautista (43 HR, 103 RBI, 1.001 OPS) is having one of the most productive seasons a former-Rule 5 Draft pick has ever seen. Unfortunately for the Blue Jays, he's in a contract year and won't come back in 2011 as cheap as the $2.4 million he's making Expand Description
Jose Bautista (43 HR, 103 RBI, 1.001 OPS) is having one of the most productive seasons a former-Rule 5 Draft pick has ever seen. Unfortunately for the Blue Jays, he's in a contract year and won't come back in 2011 as cheap as the $2.4 million he's making in 2010.Collapse Description
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14

72-63 - 3/14
Although they have owned the Central-leading Reds this season (12-6) the Redbirds are just 21-24 against the rest of the division teams, who are a combined 83 games under .500.
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15

70-67 1 9/24
The Marlins (2.4 percent) currently have a better chance of making the playoffs than the Red Sox (1.1 percent). Great success?
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16

68-69 1 7/27
Disregard his Aug. 30 start at New York, and Trevor Cahill hasn't had a truly bad outing since early July. No coincidence that since then, he has lowered his ERA from 3.17 to 2.72 while entering the Cy Young race.
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17

69-68 2 5/23
The Dodgers might have done Manny Ramirez a favor by rescuing him from a sinking ship. They¿re 2-4 since extracting themselves from Mannywood.
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18

68-70 - 6/21
Miguel Cabrera ranks in the top four in the AL in BA, RBI, BB, SLG, HR, R, OPB and OPS. The Tigers as a whole haven't fared quite as well.
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19

67-71 - 5/24
R.A. Dickey leads the team in ERA. Mike Pelfrey leads the team in wins. And Jerry Manuel leads the team in gray hairs.
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20

64-73 1 16/30
The Astros have two more $18.5 million years of Carlos Lee (.245 BA, 20 HR, 82 RBI), whose stats have declined consistently since he signed the deal in 2007.
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21

66-71 1 2/23
Fernando Rodney (8 saves) will be trying to secure the 2011 closer spot over the last month of the season. However, he does have four wild pitches for the Angels, who lead the AL in the category.
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22

63-74 2 9/26
Lots of strikeouts? Yes. Ace potential? Yes. Is he there yet like we all thought he would be heading into the year? For Yovani Gallardo (11-7, 3.86 ERA, 1.38 WHIP), maybe not.
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23

60-78 - 12/30
The Nationals won't be missing suspended Nyjer Morgan (.257 BA, 0 HR, 22 RBI), who leads the majors in being caught on the base paths (16 CS) and punches caught with his teeth.
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24

57-80 - 23/30
Twenty-four-year-old Billy Butler (.314 BA, 64 RBI, .839 OPS) has quietly put together a nice little season as he continues to improve and will soon be the cornerstone of the Royals franchise.
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25

56-82 1 14/28
The free-swinging D-backs hitters lead the majors in strikeouts (1,255) by a hefty margin. For the sake of comparison, the Royals have 713.
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26

60-78 1 14/29
Ryne Sandberg was named the Pacific Coast League manager of the year last week. You can bet Cubs GM Jim Hendry is taking notes.
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27

52-86 1 20/30
Baltimore, the AL East's best team in August, will be looking to play good baseball to finish out the year and look forward to 2011. The O's are off to a good start after taking two of three from the Rays over the weekend.
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28

55-82 1 13/29
It's a small sample, but in his 46 games of action in 2010, Carlos Santana led the Indians in OPB and OPS. A promising statistic for the Indians' future.
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29

54-84 - 13/29
The Chone Figgins experiment (.245 BA, 1 HR, 32 RBI) didn¿t pay off in 2010, but the M's will have to be patient, as he'll be sticking around through at least 2013 with an option for 2014.
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30

46-91 - 19/30
Joel Hanrahan leads the Pirates in saves. With three. OK, so Octavio Dotel had 21 before getting traded to the Dodgers, but still.
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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