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Bisons and Baseball

Through Friday's games. Most recent rankings in parentheses. 1. Los Angeles Dodgers. Red-hot Jansen already at 20 saves for eighth straight season. (1) 2. Minnesota Twins. Mauer's No. 7 is the franchise's eighth jersey put into retirement. (2) 3. Houston Astros. Yordan Alvarez is first player in franchise annals to homer in first two games. (4) 4. Tampa Bay Ray…

Bisons and Baseball

Through Friday's games. Most recent rankings in parentheses. 1. Los Angeles Dodgers. Again dominant in Chavez Ravine, with 23-7 record in first 30 home games. (3) 2. Minnesota Twins. Hit 56 HRs in May, on pace to be first MLB team ever to crack 300 for a season. (2) 3. New York Yankees.  Eight straight series wins for first time since 1998. That year ended well. (…

Bisons and Baseball

Through Friday's games. Most recent rankings in parentheses. 1. Houston Astros. MLB-best 16-4 record at home already turning AL West race into runaway. (8) 2. Minnesota Twins. Stunner to see them with MLB's second-best record and plus-63 run differential. (4) 3. Los Angeles Dodgers. Major relief as X-rays on Turner's shin are negative. (3) 4. New York Yankees. …

Bisons and Baseball

Through Friday's games. Most recent rankings in parentheses. 1. Tampa Bay Rays. Glasnow is MLB's first six-game winner, now at 6-0, 1.47. (1) 2. St. Louis Cardinals. Ozuna needed only 24 games to get to 10 HRs. (2) 3. Los Angeles Dodgers. Bellinger's XBox-like March-April: .431-14-37, MLB-record 97 total bases. (5) 4. Minnesota Twins. Baldelli's bunch is the su…

Bisons and Baseball

Through Friday's games. Most recent rankings in parentheses. 1. Tampa Bay Rays. MLB's best record and top run differential at plus-40 (2) 2. St. Louis Cardinals. Swept three-game set against Brewers. (9) 3. Seattle Mariners. Have 14 of 17 wins against teams that are below .500. (1) 4. Houston Astros. Brantley meets former teammates as Indians come to town. (5) …

Bisons and Baseball

Through Friday's games. Spring training rankings in parentheses. 1. Seattle Mariners. Homered in MLB-record 15 straight games to start season. (23) 2. Tampa Bay Rays. Pitching proving that last year was no fluke. (12) 3. Philadelphia Phillies. Harper batting .325, slugging .700 in first 12 games. (4) 4. New York Mets. Getting rewarded for not playing service-ti…

Bisons and Baseball

It's pretty amazing to think that after 86 years of futility finally ended 15 years ago, the Boston Red Sox have become the Team of the Century. But it's true. Four World Series titles is the most of any franchise since the calendar turned 2000. The Sox have been the last team standing in 2004, 2007, 2013 and 2018, the latter after a five-game win over the Dodgers in Oc…

Bisons and Baseball

(Through Friday's games. Most recent rankings in parentheses) 1. Boston Red Sox. Will franchise record for victories translate to fourth World Series title in 15 years? (1) 2. Houston Astros. After another 100-win season for the champs, it will be a tough chore to beat their rotation.  (2) 3. New York Yankees. Home run record moot if they can't beat A's on Wednesd…

Bisons and Baseball

(Through Friday's games. Most recent rankings in parentheses) 1. Boston Red Sox. Team consistency: Lead MLB in wins at home (48) and on road (49). (1) 2. Houston Astros. Struck first in potential ALCS preview series at Fenway.  (3) 3. New York Yankees. Tanaka inching ahead to bid to start wild-card game. (2) 4. Oakland Athletics. Opened Hall of Fame for 50th an…

Bisons and Baseball

(Through Friday's games. Most recent rankings in parentheses) 1. Boston Red Sox. Are 45-19 vs. AL East while Yankees are just 34-26. (1) 2. New York Yankees. With Judge still ailing, McCutchen deal is last-minute attempt to fill a hole. (3) 3. Houston Astros. Hinch gets four-year extension.  (2) 4. Chicago Cubs. NL-best 44-24 mark at Wrigley has them on Easy St…

Bisons and Baseball

(Through Friday's games. Most recent rankings in parentheses) 1. Boston Red Sox. Porcello looked like a Cy Young winner with 86-pitch, one-hitter against Yankees. (1) 2. Houston Astros.  Verlander piles up 14 Ks in Series rematch with Dodgers. (3) 3. New York Yankees.  Rotation is an absolute mess. (2) 4. Oakland Athletics. Laureano's MLB debut produces walkoff…

Bisons and Baseball

(Through Friday's games. Most recent rankings in parentheses) 1. Boston Red Sox. Sale's last six starts: 39 innings, 67 strikeouts, one earned run. Obscene. (1) 2. New York Yankees.  Traded for Happ, lost Judge. Not an even deal.  (2) 3. Houston Astros.  Quietest 104-win pace for any defending Series champion ever. Pay attention,  Sox and Yankees fans. (3) 4. S…

Bisons and Baseball

(Through Friday's games. Most recent rankings in parentheses) 1. Boston Red Sox.  Mookie's grand slam off 13-pitch AB vs. Jays' Happ was great theater. (2) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ABnabalDzIk 2. New York Yankees.  They're going to have to get another starter to survive in October.  (1) 3. Houston Astros.  Demoted closer Giles to Triple-A after he cursed…

Bisons and Baseball

(Through Friday's games. Most recent rankings in parentheses) 1. New York Yankees.  Finally, Bird can be the word at first base. (1) 2. Boston Red Sox. Signed longtime ex-Bison Brandon Phillips for infield insurance. (2) 3. Houston Astros.  On pace for franchise-record 106 wins. (4) 4. Seattle Mariners.  Pretty secure for wild-card that would snap MLB-high 17-y…

Bisons and Baseball

(Through Friday's games. Most recent rankings in parentheses) 1. New York Yankees.  Current pace is 113 wins -- and a struggle just to win AL East. (1) 2. Boston Red Sox. On pace for 109 wins and a tough wild-card game against an AL West foe.(2) 3. Seattle Mariners. Runaway MLB leader in one-run wins with 20, a streak that can't last. (6) 4. Houston Astros. Alt…