Urban: MLB Power Rankings -- Phillies back on top

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Urban: MLB Power Rankings -- Phillies back on top

June 20, 2011

URBAN ARCHIVE
LAST WEEK'S RANKINGS

Editor's note: Mychael Urban's MLB power rankings -- detailing who's hot, who's not, a little why, a little how, and what it all means.

Mychael UrbanCSNBayArea.com
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Philadelphia Phillies (45-28) If they had a legit outfield, theyd win NL East by 20 games.2 (1)
Boston Red Sox (43-28) Adrian Gonzalez making mockery of supposed league-change challenge.3 (6)
New York Yankees (41-29) No complaints in Big Apple about CC Sabathias contract. No easy feat.4 (13)
Cincinnati Reds (38-35) Very little margin for error here. They rake or they probably lose.5 (12)
Tampa Bay Rays (39-33) James Shields very quietly putting up All-Star, Cy Young numbers.6 (5)
San Francisco Giants (39-33) Sweep at hands of As suggests this ranking plummets next week.7 (3)
Milwaukee Brewers (40-33) Similar to Reds in that middle of lineup carries too much of load.8 (7)
St. Louis Cardinals (40-33) Life as St. Louis non-starter: Be ready. Good chance you see time today.9 (10)
Cleveland Indians (39-31) Just when you think theyre frauds, they get back to crisp, team ball.10 (9)
Texas Rangers (38-35) Dog days come early in Arlington. Key to season: Will pitchers wilt?11 (4)
Atlanta Braves (40-33) Rookie 1B Freddy Freeman is what Giants need Brandon Belt to be.12 (8)
Arizona Diamondbacks (39-34) Only a half-game back in NL West, but bullpen just doesnt feel right.
13 (11)
Detroit Tigers (39-33) Justin Verlander used to be about promise, big arm. Now hes about smarts, too.14 (16)
Seattle Mariners (37-35) Franklin Gutierrez could really help out if he ever remembers how to hit.15 (20)
Pittsburgh Pirates (35-36) Still hovering near .500 in race for first winning season since Paleolithic Era.16 (21)
Toronto Blue Jays (36-36) Adam Lind is baseballs version of Warriors Dorrell Wright. Subtle but effective.17 (15)
Colorado Rockies (35-36) Cant afford to have Big Two (CarGo, Tulo) slump. Ever. Not even for a week.18 (18)
New York Mets (35-37) Recent influx of cash might prompt decision to keep, build around Jose Reyes.19 (23)
Washington Nationals (35-37) Smart: moving phenom Bryce Harper to OF. Dumb: insisting he stay in minors.20 (17)
Chicago White Sox (35-38)If you havent heard of Phil Humber, do some research. Intriguing talent.21 (14)
Los Angeles Dodgers (32-41) If they had cash to fortify ho-hum bullpen theyve make noise in NL West.22 (22)
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (35-38) Hard to watch Torii Hunter play without the childlike joy thats defined his career.23 (28)
Oakland A's (33-40) Players raving about new skipper Bob Melvin. Everyone else raving about Jemile Weeks.24 (25)
Minnesota Twins (31-39) Hottest team in the game through Sunday but still eight games under .500.25 (24)
Baltimore Orioles (32-37) Derrek Lees rock-solid career winding down in witness protection program.26 (29)
Chicago Cubs (29-42) Carlos Penas agent deserves at least half of what struggling slugger isnt earning.27 (26)
Kansas City Royals (31-41) Matter of time before robust farm system starts spitting out scores of studs.28 (27)
San Diego Padres (30-43) It must have seemed like a really good idea at the time, right Orlando Hudson?29 (30)
Houston Astros (27-46) Might want to bring back Ryan-era softball uniforms to distract disgusted fans.30 (19)
Florida Marlins (32-40) Ten-game losing streak too much for manager Edwin Rodriguez to stomach.
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Bumgarner allows two runs, Giants start spring training with walk-off homer

Bumgarner allows two runs, Giants start spring training with walk-off homer

BOX SCORE

At Scottsdale, Arizona, Chris Marrero hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth and drove in four runs as the Giants rallied after Madison Bumgarner gave up two runs on two hits in the top of the first.

Marrero, a 2006 first-round draft pick of the Nationals trying to revive his career as a non-roster invitee, had an RBI single in the fifth.

Kevin Shackelford, the seventh Cincinnati pitcher, walked Orlando Calixte to open the ninth and Christian Arroyo blooped a single into left field before Marrero hit a line drive over the wall in left centerfield.

Patrick Kivlehan had a two-run single off Bumgarner in the first and Hunter Pence doubled in a run off Reds starter Rookie Davis. Davis, acquired from the Yankees in the Aroldis Chapman deal, is likely to open with Double-A Pensacola this year.

Sharks recall trio as bye week concludes

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Sharks recall trio as bye week concludes

VANCOUVER – Kevin Labanc, Barclay Goodrow and Tim Heed have accompanied the Sharks to Vancouver, and will presumably be available to play against the Canucks on Saturday in the first game after the bye week.

Forwards Timo Meier, Nikolay Goldobin and Marcus Sorensen, all of whom have played games with the NHL club this season, remain with the AHL Barracuda for the time being.

Labanc, 21, has 18 points (7g, 11a) in 45 games this season. Lately he has been skating as the left wing on the top line with Joe Thornton and Joe Pavelski, and is looking to snap a 21-game goal drought.

Goodrow, 23, has played one game with the Sharks this season, going scoreless on Jan. 24 at Winnipeg. Unless the Sharks recall someone else before their game with the Canucks, Goodrow will likely play his second game as the team is carrying just 12 healthy forwards as of Friday afternoon. Joonas Donskoi did not accompany the Sharks to Vancouver, and remains day-to-day with what the club is offically calling an upper body injury but appears to be a right shoulder.

Heed, likely the seventh defenseman in case of emergency, has also played one scoreless game on Jan. 11 at Calgary.

Dylan DeMelo made the trip, but is still not ready. The defenseman told CSN last week that he’s on schedule with an eight-week recovery from a broken right wrist that would put his return around early March.