Found August 02, 2012 on Fox Sports Arizona:
1. Reds 64-41 2 No Joey Votto, no big deal. The Reds are proving that this team is bigger than one person and continue to roll up wins without him. 2. Nationals 61-42 2 Ian who? The Nationals won six of seven after placing top hitter Ian Desmond on the DL last Monday. 3. Rangers 60-43 -2 Josh Hamilton getting booed?!? Sure, he had a rough week, registering just one hit in 16 at-bats, but he still manufactured five RBIs for the first-place Rangers. Tough crowd. 4. Yankees 61-43 -2 The Yankees now have the top two hit leaders in all of baseball since 2001 (Jeter and Ichiro), but can the change of scenery rejuvenate Ichiro? 5. Pirates 60-44 -- Adding Wandy Rodriguez certainly will strengthen the Pirates rotation, but is that enough to keep pace with the Reds in the Central? 6. Braves 59-45 4 The Braves didnt get Ryan Dempster but continue to keep pace with the Nats after an impressive weekend sweep of the last-place Phillies. 7. Athletics 56-48 2 I am sure George Kottaras and his strong OBP expected to be competing for the playoffs when the season started just not with Oakland. Moneyball strikes again. 8. Tigers 55-50 -1 Giving up a key piece of the future, Jacob Turner, in return for Anibal Sanchez and Omar Infante was a must for a team that is built to win right now. 9. Angels 57-48 -1 The addition of Zack Greinke is huge for the Angels rotation, which now boasts five starters with top-six finishes in Cy Young voting at least once during the past four seasons. 10. Dodgers 56-50 2 The change of scenery should help both HanRam and Dodgers. The former batting champ was up to his old ways, hitting .333 with seven RBIs and an impressive 1.036 OPS in his first week in blue. 11. White Sox 57-47 2 Ken Williams added yet another piece to a contending squad by plucking Francisco Liriano from the division-rival Twins, which begs the question: What are we going to say about the Pale Hose after the trade deadline? 12. Giants 56-48 -6 The Giants offense was simply offensive in a weekend series against the Dodgers, hitting just .204 and mustering only three runs during the three-game sweep. 13. Orioles 55-50 -2 The Orioles, in desperate need of starting pitching, are beginning to see their bullpen fade as Jim Johnson has struggled since the All-Star break. 14. Cardinals 56-48 -- The Cardinals, winners of four games last week, cannot seem to keep pace with the Bucs and Reds and might need to recapture the magic of last September to reach the postseason. 15. Rays 55-50 -- All eyes are on Durham, N.C., where Evan Longoria is getting in the swing of things with hopes of joining the Rays when they return to Tampa on Aug. 3. 16. Blue Jays 51-53 -- The Jays managed to play .500 baseball against two of the hottest teams in the AL last week, not bad for a team still waiting to get All-Star slugger Jose Bautista back. 17. Diamondbacks 54-51 -- The D-backs are apparently still trying to figure out where they stand. In a week in which they traded fan favorite Ryan Roberts to the Rays, they acquired third baseman Chris Johnson from the Astros to take his place and then went on to sweep the Dodgers. 18. Red Sox 53-52 2 Taking two of three in the Bronx over the weekend is always satisfying, but can the BoSox build on that momentum? 19. Indians 50-54 -- A weekend sweep at the hands of the Twins might be the proverbial final nail for the Tribe in 2012. 20. Mariners 50-57 3 It took 34 appearances and nearly three years, but Oliver Perez registered his first win since Aug. 18, 2009 with his 13 IP against the Royals on Sunday. 21. Marlins 48-56 1 Less than a month after adding Carlos Lee, the Marlins have sent Hanley Ramirez, Anibal Sanchez and Omar Infante out of Miami. On the bright side, Jacob Turner and Nathan Eovaldi give hope for the future. 22. Mets 51-54 -4 July was a tough month for the Mets, who endured two six-game losing streaks and fell out of contention in the East. 23. Padres 44-63 1 Josh Byrnes and the Friars are staying consistent, having agreed to a two-year extension with their biggest trade chip, Huston Street, the week after re-upping with Carlos Quentin. 24. Brewers 48-56 -3 Michael Fiers July (1-2, 1.01 ERA, 8.8 K9) was overshadowed by the fact that the Brewers bullpen has been atrocious, and the club finished the month in full sales mode. 25. Cubs 43-60 3 Anthony Rizzo treated the home town fans to a treat with his extra-inning walk-off home run against the rival Cardinals on Sunday. 26. Twins 44-60 -- The Twins have been streaky all year long. Last week was no different as they registered their 10th three-game losing streak and their sixth three-game winning streak of the season. 27. Phillies 47-57 -2 Nobody expected the Phillies to be this far out and in selling mode at the end of July. 28. Royals 43-60 -1 The Royals middle infielders got a bit too friendly with the Angels last week, prompting skipper Ned Yost to call for an end to fraternizing with the opponents on the basepaths. Yep, that should fix this season. 29. Rockies 37-65 -- As if their record wasnt embarrassing enough, the entire Rockies team forgot how many outs there were during Sundays loss to the Reds. Maybe they were just surprised Jonathan Sanchez actually got out of an inning. 30. Astros 35-71 -- It has been a forgettable month for the Astros, who have traded seven regulars and endured a season-worst 12-game losing streak.
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