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Week8 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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Los Angeles Dodgers

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Oakland Athletics

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RK Team RECORD CHANGE HIGH/LOW COMMENTS
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27-11 - 1/16
It is quite all right to start a lineup with four players hitting .225 or less when the pitching is this good -- all five starters are in the top 20 in AL ERA, and the team ERA (2.75) is the lowest in the AL at this point in 20 years. WHIP is a microscopExpand Description
It is quite all right to start a lineup with four players hitting .225 or less when the pitching is this good -- all five starters are in the top 20 in AL ERA, and the team ERA (2.75) is the lowest in the AL at this point in 20 years. WHIP is a microscopic 1.14. The Rays chose Hank Blalock over Pat Burrell, DFA'd late last week. Collapse Description
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25-13 - 1/4
They ran their Yankee Stadiums (on either side of East 161st St.) winning streak over Minnesota to 10 games before losing the finale of a three-game series Sunday. Phil Hughes and Andy Pettitte are 10-0 ... the last time Pettitte started 5-0 was in 1997, Expand Description
They ran their Yankee Stadiums (on either side of East 161st St.) winning streak over Minnesota to 10 games before losing the finale of a three-game series Sunday. Phil Hughes and Andy Pettitte are 10-0 ... the last time Pettitte started 5-0 was in 1997, his third season in the Bronx, at the tender age of 25. Collapse Description
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24-13 1 1/16
You do not need a pair of high-powered Zeisses to see these numbers -- the Phillies scored 23 runs in a weekend sweep of Milwaukee. With Brad Lidge on the DL, the closer is ... Jose Contreras. J.C. Romero. Each got a weekend save. The lineup got even bettExpand Description
You do not need a pair of high-powered Zeisses to see these numbers -- the Phillies scored 23 runs in a weekend sweep of Milwaukee. With Brad Lidge on the DL, the closer is ... Jose Contreras. J.C. Romero. Each got a weekend save. The lineup got even better with Jimmy Rollins back from the DL Monday.Collapse Description
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24-14 1 1/15
The Twins survived Joe Mauer's absence, going 4-3 without him, and now are finished with the troublesome Bronx for another regular season. How balanced is the stopper-a-day rotation? Every starter enters the week with four victories; Francisco Liriano andExpand Description
The Twins survived Joe Mauer's absence, going 4-3 without him, and now are finished with the troublesome Bronx for another regular season. How balanced is the stopper-a-day rotation? Every starter enters the week with four victories; Francisco Liriano and Carl Pavano have six quality starts apiece.Collapse Description
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5

23-17 3 5/24
Not only are the Jays crushing at home, they have quietly won 13 of 19 on the road before an eight-game trip that begins in mid-week. Stops are Seattle, Arizona and the Angels. The new Murderer's Row: Vernon Wells, Alex Gonzalez, Jose Bautista. All have dExpand Description
Not only are the Jays crushing at home, they have quietly won 13 of 19 on the road before an eight-game trip that begins in mid-week. Stops are Seattle, Arizona and the Angels. The new Murderer's Row: Vernon Wells, Alex Gonzalez, Jose Bautista. All have double-digit homers.Collapse Description
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6

22-16 4 6/21
The Tigers' 7-6, 10-inning victory over Boston on Saturday was their fifth after trailing by at least four runs. That also indicates the strength of their bullpen, starting in middle relief and reaching to closer Jose Valverde and his 10 saves. Valverde hExpand Description
The Tigers' 7-6, 10-inning victory over Boston on Saturday was their fifth after trailing by at least four runs. That also indicates the strength of their bullpen, starting in middle relief and reaching to closer Jose Valverde and his 10 saves. Valverde has not given up a run since April 5, his lone blown save.Collapse Description
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7

23-15 - 2/28
The NL West-leading Padres had a chance to build a nice cushion in the division after sweeping the Giants in the Bay Area in mid-week, but they scored only four runs in losing three in a row to the Dodgers. More of the same this week -- two in Petco againExpand Description
The NL West-leading Padres had a chance to build a nice cushion in the division after sweeping the Giants in the Bay Area in mid-week, but they scored only four runs in losing three in a row to the Dodgers. More of the same this week -- two in Petco against the Giants, another two at Dodger Stadium. Adrian Gonzalez and Heath Bell are going nowhere.Collapse Description
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8

21-16 2 3/18
Closer Brian Wilson won the battle in the clubhouse leader for at-bat of the year against Houston's Kaz Matsui with the bases loaded and two outs in the ninth inning Saturday -- strike looking, strike swinging, ball, ball, foul, foul, foul, foul, ball, fExpand Description
Closer Brian Wilson won the battle in the clubhouse leader for at-bat of the year against Houston's Kaz Matsui with the bases loaded and two outs in the ninth inning Saturday -- strike looking, strike swinging, ball, ball, foul, foul, foul, foul, ball, foul, foul, foul, foul, foul, fly out. That's six strikes on 3-2, when a walk would have tied the game, to save Tim Lincecum's 2-1 victory.Collapse Description
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22-16 7 2/28
Civil Rights weekend brought a change to the NL Central when the Reds took two of three from St. Louis to move into first place in the division. The Reds played 11 straight errorless games to reach five games over .500, and Mike Leake is justifying the coExpand Description
Civil Rights weekend brought a change to the NL Central when the Reds took two of three from St. Louis to move into first place in the division. The Reds played 11 straight errorless games to reach five games over .500, and Mike Leake is justifying the confidence shown after being the ninth player taken in the 2009 draft.Collapse Description
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10

22-17 5 3/14
For the first time since July 30, 2009, the Cardinals are looking up in the NL Central after losing nine out of 12, the last two of three to Cincinnati. Albert Pujols moved into the cleanup spot this week for the first time in seven years with Matt HollidExpand Description
For the first time since July 30, 2009, the Cardinals are looking up in the NL Central after losing nine out of 12, the last two of three to Cincinnati. Albert Pujols moved into the cleanup spot this week for the first time in seven years with Matt Holliday moving up a spot to third.Collapse Description
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11

21-17 8 5/23
Road sweeps of Arizona and NL West-leading San Diego keyed a big turnaround, but the broken pinkie to Andre Ethier is possibly devastating. Ethier -- hitting in front of Manny -- leads the NL or is tied in all Triple Crown categories, and he is so hot theExpand Description
Road sweeps of Arizona and NL West-leading San Diego keyed a big turnaround, but the broken pinkie to Andre Ethier is possibly devastating. Ethier -- hitting in front of Manny -- leads the NL or is tied in all Triple Crown categories, and he is so hot the D-backs intentionally walked him to get to Manny last week.Collapse Description
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12

19-19 3 7/18
Ubaldomania? Ubaldo Jiminez has pitched at least six innings and allowed two runs or less in each of his eight starts. Fernando did it in his first eight starts in 1981, when he won the NL Cy Young and Rookie of the Year awards. Jeff Francis' heart-warminExpand Description
Ubaldomania? Ubaldo Jiminez has pitched at least six innings and allowed two runs or less in each of his eight starts. Fernando did it in his first eight starts in 1981, when he won the NL Cy Young and Rookie of the Year awards. Jeff Francis' heart-warming return Sunday finished off a sweep of Washington.Collapse Description
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13

20-19 1 12/30
After recalling 2009 first-round draftee Drew Storen, the Nats will summon Stephen Strasburg soon enough. Taking no chances on that Super 2 thing, GM Mike Rizzo -- how about the job he is doing, signing closer Capps and Fountain of Youthers Pudge and LivaExpand Description
After recalling 2009 first-round draftee Drew Storen, the Nats will summon Stephen Strasburg soon enough. Taking no chances on that Super 2 thing, GM Mike Rizzo -- how about the job he is doing, signing closer Capps and Fountain of Youthers Pudge and Livan? -- may target June 4 for Strasburg's major-league debut. At home, of course.Collapse Description
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20-19 4 9/24
Ricky Nolasco and Nate Robertson won two games apiece last week when the Marlins put it to the Cubs and Mets, and closer Leo Nunez had four saves. Nunez, who has always had a great arm, has mixed in a slider and a changeup to keep batters off his mid-90s Expand Description
Ricky Nolasco and Nate Robertson won two games apiece last week when the Marlins put it to the Cubs and Mets, and closer Leo Nunez had four saves. Nunez, who has always had a great arm, has mixed in a slider and a changeup to keep batters off his mid-90s fastball. Collapse Description
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21-18 6 3/20
The Rangers have fattened up against the bottom feeders -- 5-1 against Seattle, 4-0 against Kansas City, 2-1 against the White Sox and Cleveland -- and do not play a team with a winning record again until hitting Minnesota at the end of the month.
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19-20 2 1/23
It does not get any easier for the streaky Red Sox -- the Yankees, Minnesota, Philadelphia and Tampa Bay are their next 10, with all but the Twins away from home. The Sox are seeking payback after dropping a four-game series to the Rays in Fenway, and theExpand Description
It does not get any easier for the streaky Red Sox -- the Yankees, Minnesota, Philadelphia and Tampa Bay are their next 10, with all but the Twins away from home. The Sox are seeking payback after dropping a four-game series to the Rays in Fenway, and they are 2-4 while losing both series to the Yankees. Collapse Description
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18-20 4 3/23
Chipper Jones has said he will gladly change places with wunderkind Jason Heyward in the 2-3 spots in the lineup to give Heyward more chances to hit with runners on base. Might be a plan. Heyward is hitting .423 with a 1.312 OPS in May. Tim Hudson (4-1. 2Expand Description
Chipper Jones has said he will gladly change places with wunderkind Jason Heyward in the 2-3 spots in the lineup to give Heyward more chances to hit with runners on base. Might be a plan. Heyward is hitting .423 with a 1.312 OPS in May. Tim Hudson (4-1. 2.41 ERA) is doing it differently -- more soft stuff later in counts -- but is just as effective.Collapse Description
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18-22 5 2/23
The Angels found their offense at the right time, scoring 20 runs to sweep a weekend series from AL West rival Oakland. The key move might have been manager Mike Scioscia's decision to move Howie Kendrick into the No. 2 spot of the batting order to createExpand Description
The Angels found their offense at the right time, scoring 20 runs to sweep a weekend series from AL West rival Oakland. The key move might have been manager Mike Scioscia's decision to move Howie Kendrick into the No. 2 spot of the batting order to create more RBI opportunities for Bobby Abreu, Torii Hunter et al. Kendrick belongs there. He can hit and run.Collapse Description
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19-20 6 5/24
The roller coaster is on the way back down after a sweep in Florida dropped their road record to 4-12, the fewest road victories in the majors. Worse, Jeff Francouer is hitting only .126 since April 16 and the lineup shuffle continues, with Jason Bay andExpand Description
The roller coaster is on the way back down after a sweep in Florida dropped their road record to 4-12, the fewest road victories in the majors. Worse, Jeff Francouer is hitting only .126 since April 16 and the lineup shuffle continues, with Jason Bay and Chris Carter hitting 3-4 Sunday. It was Carter's third career start. Collapse Description
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20

19-20 9 7/27
Dallas Braden followed his perfect game with a complete game, albeit a loss to the Angels, the longest post-perfecto start in major-league history. No one has five homers. No one has 20 RBIs, although Kurt Suzuki is back after missing 19 games. Justin DucExpand Description
Dallas Braden followed his perfect game with a complete game, albeit a loss to the Angels, the longest post-perfecto start in major-league history. No one has five homers. No one has 20 RBIs, although Kurt Suzuki is back after missing 19 games. Justin Duchscherer is on the DL, already missing Brett Anderson. Collapse Description
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21

16-22 6 19/30
Thank goodness for the Cubs -- the Pirates won the first five in the season series before losing in Wrigley Field on Sunday. How good is Andrew McCutchen, who is 12-for-16 against the Cubbies this season?
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22

17-22 2 14/29
Lou Piniella got a little testy pre-game Sunday, but who can blame him? The Cubs have lost nine of their last 12 and even in a weak division have not made headway. Something is missing, but there is plenty of time.
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23

15-22 1 7/28
The numbers still show new Comiskey to be a hitter-friendly park, but it is hard to prove it for anyone other than Paul Konerko and his major league-high 13 homers. Four regulars are hitting under .220, and the search for answers landed Omar Vizquel in a Expand Description
The numbers still show new Comiskey to be a hitter-friendly park, but it is hard to prove it for anyone other than Paul Konerko and his major league-high 13 homers. Four regulars are hitting under .220, and the search for answers landed Omar Vizquel in a DH role once last week.Collapse Description
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24

15-21 1 13/29
Russell Branyan injected some life into the offense with four homers in a six-hit week to tie for the team lead in homers with Shin-Soo Choo. Jake Westbrook has won two in a row, and his complete game Sunday was his first in 25 months.
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15-23 8 9/26
The Brewers have scored the most runs and have the most total bases in the NL, for all the good it has done them. They have lost 11 of their last 12 home games and now good guy Doug Davis will miss time with a scare named pericarditis, an inflammation of Expand Description
The Brewers have scored the most runs and have the most total bases in the NL, for all the good it has done them. They have lost 11 of their last 12 home games and now good guy Doug Davis will miss time with a scare named pericarditis, an inflammation of a membrane around the heart. Collapse Description
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16-23 4 14/28
The Diamondbacks already have had five- and seven-game losing streaks because of a leaky bullpen, and manager A.J. Hinch said "all bets are off" regarding relief roles after two more blown saves in Atlanta. For all the taters they hit (47), the staff has Expand Description
The Diamondbacks already have had five- and seven-game losing streaks because of a leaky bullpen, and manager A.J. Hinch said "all bets are off" regarding relief roles after two more blown saves in Atlanta. For all the taters they hit (47), the staff has given up more (55, the most in baseball.)Collapse Description
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27

15-24 1 23/30
The first day of the rest of the season came Thursday, when 2009 AL Cy Young winner Zach Greinke won his first game in manager Trey Hillman's last. Advisor Ned Yost, who was 457-502 in six seasons as the Brewers' manager, won two of his first three after Expand Description
The first day of the rest of the season came Thursday, when 2009 AL Cy Young winner Zach Greinke won his first game in manager Trey Hillman's last. Advisor Ned Yost, who was 457-502 in six seasons as the Brewers' manager, won two of his first three after taking charge.Collapse Description
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14-24 2 13/29
Then there are the Mariners, who are hitting so poorly that not even a steady rotation even stronger now that Cliff Lee is back and a quality closer such as David Aardsma can keep them from sinking slowly in the West.
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13-25 1 16/30
Would someone please remind the Astros that the "O" in Roy Oswalt's surname does not designate run support. Oswalt has lost one 1-0 game and two 2-1 games this season, when the streaky Astros have scored 18 runs in his eight starts.
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12-27 1 20/30
Just when the schedule lightened up, the best the Orioles could do was split six home games against fellow bottom-feeders Seattle and Cleveland. Brad Bergesen has been a bright spot in the rotation the last two times through.
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AL Standings

Eastern Division

TEAM W L
Orioles 73 52
Yankees 64 61
Blue Jays 65 62
Rays 62 65
Red Sox 56 71

Central Division

TEAM W L
Royals 70 56
Tigers 68 57
Indians 64 62
White Sox 59 68
Twins 56 70

Western Division

TEAM W L
Angels 76 50
Athletics 74 52
Mariners 68 58
Astros 54 74
Rangers 49 77

NL Standings

Eastern Division

TEAM W L
Nationals 73 53
Braves 67 61
Marlins 63 63
Mets 60 68
Phillies 56 71

Central Division

TEAM W L
Brewers 71 56
Cardinals 69 57
Pirates 65 62
Reds 61 67
Cubs 55 71

Western Division

TEAM W L
Dodgers 71 57
Giants 66 59
Padres 59 66
Diamondbacks 53 75
Rockies 50 76