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2012 LLP weekly power rankings – week 18
Baseball fans everywhere are energized, as August is when things get really exciting and this year might rank with the best ever.
And thanks to the newly added Wild Card spots, and one of the most competitive seasons I have ever seen, dreams of October are very real for many more teams than in the past.
The pennant races are on in all three AL and NL divisions so get ready for a dogfight from here on out.
If the 2012 MLB regular season ends in any form like last year, get ready for a treat.
My prediction is that this year will be even better, and you can book that.
Now the New York Yankees fell off track a bit but seem to have righted the ship taking back the #2 ranking after splitting a series with hot Tigers; but the Nationals are still atop as the best team in the Bigs. But Washington’s #1 rank is hindering on some serious decisions that are yet to come.
Ok, just have a look for yourself, as here are LLP’s MLB weekly power rankings for wee...
BEST OF MAXIM
From George King:
With Ivan Nova getting spanked the past two outings and Freddy Garcia failing to provide consistent length, the Yankees’ rotation requires a boost.
That is expected to be supplied by Andy Pettitte, but general manager Brian Cashman can’t predict an exact date when the 40-year-old lefty will come off the disabled list.
“We have to let the healing...
Chris Stewart went 2 for 4 in the Yankees’ win over the Detroit Tigers today, which begs the question, “should Stewart start seeing more playing time over the under achieving Russell Martin?”
Eric Chavez has filled in admirably for Alex Rodriguez, but the veteran third baseman isn't comparing himself to the three-time American League MVP. Chavez went 2-for-4 Thursday with a solo home run, which proved to be the decisive run in the New York Yankees' 4-3 win over the Detroit Tigers. Chavez finished the series hitting .563 (9-for-16) with two home runs and five...
As you may figure, it took the New York Yankees only a couple of weeks to make a Japanese-inspired dish for newly-acquired outfielder Ichiro Suzuki.
The new "Suzuki Roll" can be bought at Yankee Stadium and it looks mighty tasty:
(Courtesy of Sports Kings)
Game 1: Tonight @ 7:07pm | TV: YES | Radio: WCBS
RHP Freddy Garcia (5-5, 5.00) vs. LHP Rickey Romero (8-8, 5.47)
Game 2: Saturday @ 1:07pm | TV: YES/MLBN | Radio: WCBS
RHP Ivan Nova (10-6, 4.81) vs. LHP Aaron Laffey (3-2, 4.39)
Game 3: Sunday @ 1:07pm | TV: YES | Radio: WCBS
RHP Phil Hughes (11-9, 4.10) vs. LHP J.A. Happ (0-1, 6.35 with TOR)
And here's tonight's...
Last night, we dodged a bullet. A hollow point. Casey McGehee - the newly shaven firstbaseman who is holding third for us until Arod's hand can once again grip a lobster fork - butchered a DP grounder, which nearly lead to a late inning collapse of Biblical proportions. Or at least the stuff of literary domain. ("That aint my style," said Casey. "E-5,"...
Regular Season Game 113
YANKEES @ BLUE JAYS
First Pitch: 1:07 PM | TV: YES/MLB | Radio: WCBS
Here are the lineups:
Derek Jeter DH
Nick Swisher RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Andruw Jones LF
Curtis Granderson CF
Jayson Nix SS
Casey McGehee 3B
Chris Stewart C
RHP Ivan Nova (10-6, 4.81 ERA)
BLUE JAYS (53-59)
Rajai Davis LF
DETROIT (AP) -- Curtis Granderson snapped out of a short slump by hitting his 30th homer and driving four runs, helping the New York Yankees beat Detroit Tigers 12-8 Wednesday night and ending the Tigers' six-game winning streak.
Down 7-0, the Tigers chased CC Sabathia and closed to 8-7 in the seventh inning.
The AL East-leading Yankees, who had lost 12 of their previous 18...
Mark Teixeira and Eric Chavez hit solo home runs on consecutive pitches in the eighth inning that put New York ahead, and the Yankees held on to beat the Detroit Tigers 4-3 Thursday.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi was ejected and threw his hat during a demonstrative argument with third base umpire Tim Welke after a fair-or-foul call in the fifth inning.
Rafael Soriano escaped a first...
RHP Freddy Garcia (5-5, 5.00 ERA)
LHP Ricky Romero (8-8, 5.47 ERA)
7:07 p.m., YES Network
RHP Ivan Nova (10-6, 4.81 ERA)
LHP Aaron Laffey (3-2, 4.39 ERA)
1:07 p.m., YES Network and MLB Network
RHP Phil Hughes (11-9, 4.10 ERA)
LHP J.A. Happ (0-1, 6.35 ERA with Toronto)
1:07 p.m., YES Network
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TORONTO -- Ichiro Suzuki had a rare start in center field on Friday night and Curtis Granderson had most of the night off. It worked out just fine for the New York Yankees. Ichiro drove in five runs and the Yankees defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 10-4 before 42,610 at Rogers Centre on Friday. The offensive help assured that right-hander Freddy Garcia's efficient effort of...