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1. Tampa Bay Rays (40-22) – The Rays continue to lead the American League East but by a slim margin. Tampa Bay comes into Sunday’s action just one game ahead of the New York Yankees at the top of the division. The Rays ranks fourth in all of baseball with an earned run average of 3.42, along with the second best WHIP – 1.23. Offensively Carlos Pena has blasted 15 homeruns over the fence, while Evan Longoria has drove in 48 runs, and Carl Crawford has scored 46 times. Tampa Bay will look to win two out of three over the Marlins on Sunday – then take Monday off, before heading to Atlanta and Miami for three game series against NL East teams.
2. New York Yankees (39-23) – The Yankees will look for a three game sweep over the lowly Houston Astros on Sunday. New York has seen an emerging star in Robinson Cano just carry the entire load offensively. Cano is batting .371, while hitting 12 homeruns, driving in 46 runs, and also scoring 47 runs. New York comes into Sunday’s action just one game behind the Rays at the top of the AL East. The Yankees offense is second in all of baseball with a .280 batting average, and also second in runs batted in; 329. New York’s pitching has also been solid – 9th in earned run average (3.80) and 4th in WHIP (1.25). The Yankees, after sending Houston out of town will take Monday off, before hosting the Phillies for three and Mets for three during next week.
3. Minnesota Twins (36-26) – The Minnesota Twins continue to sit in cruise control atop the American League Central division. The Twins are three games ahead of the Tigers for the top spot. Minnesota has out scored opponents 292 – 238 on the season. The offense has been keyed by first base men Justin Morneau. Morneau leads the team in batting average (.357), homeruns (13), runs batted in (43) and runs scored (40). Minnesota, as a team is 7th in all of baseball with a .270 batting average, and sixth with a 3.68 earned run average. The Twins will look to win two of three over Atlanta on Sunday, and then spend Monday awaiting the arrival of the Colorado Rockies. The Twins and Rockies will play Tuesday – Thursday, and then Minnesota will head to Philadelphia for a weekend series.
4. San Diego Padres (37-25) – The Padres have won two straight games, and six out of their last ten overall. San Diego is looking for a three game sweep over Seattle on Sunday afternoon. The Padres, despite their .248 batting average, sit in first place in the National League West, and have the best record in all of the NL. The Padres have been winning games with their pitching. The pitching staff for the Padres has a 2.95 earned run average, which is best in all of baseball. On the offensive side, despite the struggles, Adrian Gonzalez continues to mash the baseball, leading the team in batting average, homeruns and runs batted in. The Padres will welcome the American League East’s Toronto Blue Jays on Monday through Wednesday, and then take Thursday off. On Friday, the Padres and Baltimore Orioles will start a weekend series at Petco Park.
5. Los Angeles Dodgers (36-26) – The Dodgers, following their three game home sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals, have lost their last two to city rivals – Angels. The Dodgers will look to avoid the sweep on Sunday afternoon to the Angels. Los Angeles ranks 9th in baseball with their .265 batting average, led by Andre Ethier’s .351 mark. Either also leads the team in homeruns (11) and runs batted in (40). The Dodgers are just one game out of first place in the NL West, and a game and ½ ahead of third place San Francisco. The Dodgers will travel to Cincinnati for a three game road series through Thursday. Over the weekend, Los Angeles will play at Fenway Park in Boston, against the Red Sox.
6. Boston Red Sox (37-27) – The Red Sox have moved to within four games of the Rays at the top of the American League East. Boston has been successful with their high powered offense; leading first in baseball in runs batted in (336) and runs scored (619). The Red Sox have hit the second most homeruns, trailing only Toronto, with 83. Boston’s Adrian Beltre leads the team in offense with a .336 batting average, while Kevin Youkilis has hit 12 homeruns and scored 54 runs. The Red Sox will seek to sweep the Phillies on Sunday, and then take Monday off. Following the off day, Boston will head home to host the Diamondbacks and Dodgers for three game series’.
7. Atlanta Braves (36-27) – The Braves, with their 19-6 home record have a lead at the top of the National League East. Atlanta has split their last ten games, including a split with the Minnesota Twins over the weekend. The Braves will look to finish the series with the Twins on a high note on Sunday. Atlanta has seen Martin Prado bat .326 to lead the team, while Troy Glaus has hit 11 homeruns and drove in 46 runs. The Braves, after leaving Minneapolis, will host the Rays for three, and then the Royals over the weekend.
8. Cincinnati Reds (36-27) – Cincinnati holds a slim 1.5 game lead over St. Louis at the top of the National League Central. The Reds have been winning games due to their major league leading best .281 batting average, along with 77 homeruns and 314 runs batted in. The Reds have seen resurgence from third base men Scott Rolen, as he is batting .313 with 14 homeruns. Cincinnati will look to win the second of three from Kansas City on Sunday, and then use the off day Monday to prepare for the three game series at home with the Dodgers. When Los Angeles leaves town on Thursday, the Reds will head to Seattle for a three game weekend series.
9. St. Louis Cardinals (34-28) – The Cardinals have shown signs of concern with their team offense. St. Louis ranks 19th in all of baseball with a .258 batting average. Even top offensively player Albert Pujols has slipped below .300, at .296. Pujols does lead the team in homeruns, with 14, and runs batted in (44). St. Louis has seen excellent pitching, ranking second with a 3.17 earned run average. Adam Wainwright leads the pitching staff with 8 wins, while rookie Jaime Garcia has an ERA of 1.49. The Cardinals will look to take two of three from Arizona on Sunday, then come home and host the Seattle Mariners Monday through Wednesday, before welcoming the Oakland Athletics for a weekend series.
10. San Francisco Giants (33-27) – The Giants have moved to just 2.5 games behind the Padres in the National League West. San Francisco has won two straight, over Oakland, and seven of ten overall. The Giants boast the third best earned run average in all of baseball; 3.36. San Francisco’s offense ranks 8th in batting average (.266), 20th in homeruns (50) and 26th in runs batted in (241). San Francisco, after playing Oakland on Sunday will welcome the lowly Baltimore Orioles to town on Monday, and then head north of the border to take on the Blue Jays over the weekend.
11. Toronto Blue Jays (34-29) – The Blue Jays have struggled a bit of recent, to fall to fourth place in the American League East. Toronto will look to avoid a three game sweep in Denver on Sunday afternoon against the Rockies. Jose Bautista has provided the power for Toronto, hitting 18 homeruns and driving in 45 runs, and scored 41 runs. The Blue Jays are in fourth place in the AL East; 6.5 games behind the Tampa Bay Rays. Toronto ranks first in baseball with 99 homeruns hit. After the Blue Jays and Rockies finish their series, the Blue Jays will play in San Diego Monday – Wednesday, and host the Giants over the weekend.
12. Texas Rangers (34-28) – The Rangers have won six of their last ten games overall and re-gained a slim ½ game lead of the Angels at the top of the American League West. Texas has been led offensively by Vladimir Guerrero and his .338 batting average, along with 14 homeruns and 54 runs batted in. The Rangers have out scored opponents 314 – 280 on the season. After playing the final game of a three game series in Milwaukee, the Rangers will take Monday off, before playing in Miami against the Marlins and then in Houston, against the Astros.
13. New York Mets (34-28) – The Mets have won three straight games, and seven of their last ten overall. New York has been treated to David Wright’s solid season, batting .286, along with 12 homeruns and 47 runs batted in. The Mets are just 1.5 games behind the Braves at the top of the National League East. The pitching for the Mets ranks 7th in baseball with a 3.70 earned run average. New York will look to complete a three game sweep over Baltimore on Sunday, before taking Monday off. On Tuesday the Mets and Indians will play a three series in Cleveland, and then play a city rivalry series with the Yankees over the weekend.
14. Los Angeles Angels (35-30) – The Angels are just ½ game behind the Texas Rangers at the top of the American League West. Anaheim has beaten the Dodgers in the first two games of the series. The Angels have the 18th best batting average (.259), along with the 21st best earned run average (4.39). Los Angeles will finish the series with the Angels on Sunday, and then welcome the Milwaukee Brewers to town on Monday. Over the weekend, the Angels will play three games at Wrigley Field in Chicago.
15. Detroit Tigers (32-29) – Despite winning three straight games, the Tigers are still three games out of first place in the American League Central. Detroit is led by Miguel Cabrera and his .330 batting average, along with 19 homeruns and 56 runs batted in. The Tigers rank sixth in baseball with a .270 batting average. Detroit’s pitching has struggled through most of the season, with a 4.18 earned run average which is 18th in baseball. The Tigers seek a three game sweep over the Pirates on Sunday, and then welcome the Washington Nationals and Arizona Diamondbacks to town for the next six games.
16. Philadelphia Phillies (31-29) – The Phillies’ struggles have continues, as they have dropped to just two games above .500. Philadelphia will look to avoid a sweep on Sunday, at the hands of the Boston Red Sox. The Phillies are in third place in the National League East, 4 games behind the Atlanta Braves. The Phillies offense has slowed down, dropping to 20th in baseball, with a .258 batting average. Placido Polanco, the leading vote getting for the National League All Star game, at third base, leads the team with a .319 batting average. After the Phillies leave Boston, they will take Monday off, and then play three at Yankee Stadium, against the red-hot Yankees. On Friday, Philadelphia will host the American League Central leading Minnesota Twins.
17. Colorado Rockies (32-30) – Colorado continues to use the right arm of Ubaldo Jimenez to lead them to a 32-30 record. The Rockies come into Sunday’s action with the Blue Jays in fourth place in the National League West, but just four games behind the front running San Diego Padres. Colorado ranks 5th in all of baseball with a 3.62 earned run average, as Jimenez remains under 1.00. The Rockies will take Monday off, then head to Minnesota for a three game series against the Twins during the mid-week. On Friday, the Rockies and Brewers will start a three game series in Milwaukee.
18. Oakland Athletics (32-31) – Oakland is looking to avoid a three game sweep at the hands of cross town rival – San Francisco Giants on Sunday. The Athletics have dropped to 32-31 overall, and 3.5 games out of first place in the American League West. Oakland’s top offensive player has been Ryan Sweeney, as he is hitting .314. The Athletics pitching ranks 11th with a 3.97 earned run average, led by Gio Gonzalez and his 6 wins and 3.79 earned run average. After the Athletics leave San Francisco, they will take Monday off, then head to Wrigley Field, to take on the Chicago Cubs in a three game series. On Friday, the Athletics will head to Busch Stadium in St. Louis to take on the Cardinals.
19. Florida Marlins (30-32) – The Marlins are in the mix when it comes to the National League East division. Despite being in fourth place, the Marlins are just six games out of first place. Florida is led offensively by a slew of players, with Cody Ross hitting .291, and Dan Uggla blasting 14 homeruns. The Marlins are 10th in baseball, with a .263 batting average, and 14th in earned run average (4.07). Florida will host the Texas Rangers for a three game series starting Tuesday, then once again play the Tampa Bay Rays, this time in Miami.
20. Washington Nationals (30-33) – Washington will look to avoid a three game sweep in Cleveland, with their young pnenom Stephen Strasburg taking the mound. The Nationals have fallen to three games under .500, and six games out of first place in the National League East. Washington is 18-12 when playing at home, and 12-21 on the road. Ryan Zimmerman leads the team with a .306 batting average, while Adam Dunn has blasted a team high 14 homeruns. Washington ranks 14th in baseball with a .261 batting average. Washington will head to Detroit on Tuesday to take on the Tigers, and then host the Chicago White Sox for a three game series over the weekend.
21. Chicago White Sox (28-33) – The White Sox have moved their season high winning streak to four, after beating their cross town rival – the Cubs two straight. The White Sox are led offensively by Alex Rios and Paul Konerko. Rios is batting .321, while Konerko has blasted 17 homeruns and 46 runs batted in. Chicago ranks sixth in all of baseball with 74 homeruns. After finishing the series with the Cubs, the White Sox will take Tuesday off, then head to Pittsburgh for a three game series with the Pirates. The White Sox will then head to Washington to take on the Nationals over the weekend.
22. Chicago Cubs (27-35) – After another Lou Pinella blowup, the Cubs have lost the first two games to city rival – the Chicago White Sox. The Cubs are eight games under .500, and 8 games behind first place in the National League Central. Marlon Byrd leads the Cubs in batting, with a .336 batting average. Alfonso Soriano and Derrek Lowe both hit their 300th career homeruns this week; Soriano now leads the team with 10. The Cubs and Sox will play the Sunday night game of the week, and then wait for the Athletics and Angels to come to town for three game series during the week.
23. Milwaukee Brewers (26-36) – After taking the first of a three game series against the Texas Rangers, the Brewers fell on Saturday behind Manny Parra. Milwaukee, who has been one of the most disappointing teams in baseball, comes into Sunday’s action 9.5 games out of first place in the National League Central. Ryan Braun, the Brewers left fielder leads the team in batting average (.297) and runs (41), while Corey Hart has popped 17 homeruns. Milwaukee, after Sunday’s action will head out west to take on the Angels Monday through Wednesday, and then on Friday play in Denver against the Rockies.
24. Kansas City Royals (26-37) – Kansas City will look to take two of three on Sunday afternoon against the Cincinnati Reds. The Royals will send Zack Greinke to the mound in the afternoon affair. Kansas City ranks 5th in baseball with a .275 batting average, as well as 27th in earned run average (4.89). The Royals started the game on Sunday 10 games behind the Twins at the top of the AL Central. The Royals will host the Houston Astros for three games Tuesday through Thursday, and then play three games in Atlanta over the weekend, against the Braves.
25. Cleveland Indians (25-36) – The Cleveland Indians will look to sweep the weekend series against the Nationals in a Sunday afternoon affair in Cleveland. The task could be tough, as the Indians will face Stephen Strasburg, the young phenom from Washington. Cleveland is led offensively by Shin-Soo Choo. Choo leads the team with 8 homeruns, along with 32 runs batted in, and 36 runs scored. Cleveland ranks 24th in all of baseball with a .247 batting average as well as 28th in homeruns with 43. The Indians come into the affair with Washington 11 games out of first place in the American League Central. Cleveland will host the New York Mets for a three game series Tuesday through Thursday, and then play three games in Pittsburgh, against the Pirates over the weekend.
26. Houston Astros (25-38) – Houston is having all sorts of problems offensively, ranking last in batting average, and 29th in homeruns and hits. Jeff Keppinger has been the leading offensively player for the Astros, hitting .292 as a team. The Astros come into Sunday’s action 10.5 games out of first place, behind the Cincinnati Reds. Houston will look to avoid the sweep game sweep on Sunday, at the hands of the Yankees. After Houston leaves the Bronx, they will take Monday off, and then play three in Kansas City from Tuesday through Thursday. Over the weekend, Houston will then host the Texas Rangers for a three game series.
27. Pittsburgh Pirates (23-39) – The Pirates come into Sunday’s affair with the Tigers, losers of seven straight games. Pittsburgh will look to end the streak on Sunday. The team batting has struggled big time, ranking 29th with a .237 batting average. Pittsburgh also ranks just 25th in homeruns with 44 on the season. The Pirates offense is also 29th in all of baseball, with a 5.24 earned run average, and 1.56 WHIP. Pittsburgh after finishing the series against the Tigers will take Monday off, and then head home to host the Chicago White Sox Tuesday – Thursday, and then the Cleveland Indians Friday – Sunday.
28. Arizona Diamondbacks (25-38) – Arizona hit a season high four homeruns in a 7-2 win over the Cardinals on Saturday night. The Diamondbacks will look to win their second straight on Sunday behind Edwin Jackson. The Diamondbacks rank dead last in all of baseball with a 5.45 earned run average. The offense has struggled most of the season, leading baseball in strikeouts, all while batting just .250 as a team. Stephen Drew leads the team with a .279 batting average, while Mark Reynolds has pumped 15 homeruns and driven in 45. The Diamondbacks will take Monday off to travel to Boston, where they start a three game series on Tuesday against the Red Sox. On Friday, Arizona will play in Detroit against the Tigers.
29. Seattle Mariners (23-39) – Seattle is 23-39, and losers of five straight games. The Mariners have fallen to 11 games out of first place in the American League West. The Mariners offense ranks 27th in baseball average (.243), and last in homeruns (33). The Mariners pitching has also struggled, with a 4.14 earned run average, which is 16th in all of baseball. Ichiro Suzuki has been one of the lone bright spots for the Mariners, with his .343 batting average. Seattle will look to take the final game of the series in San Diego, before traveling to St. Louis for a three game series starting on Monday with the Cardinals. Seattle then will head back home to host the Cincinnati Reds.
30. Baltimore Orioles (17-45) – With the worst record in all of baseball, the Baltimore Orioles are trying everything they can to garner some success. Baltimore ranks last in all of baseball with 192 runs batted in. Their top RBI guy is Ty Wigginton with 35, along with 13 homeruns. Baltimore is trying to avoid another sweep on Sunday, at the hands of the New York Mets. After the Mets leave town, Baltimore will head out west and take on the San Francisco Giants on Monday through Wednesday. Following an off day Thursday, the Orioles will play in San Diego for a three game series.
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