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Bisons and Baseball

Through Friday's games. Last week's rankings in parentheses. 1. Houston Astros. All roads to AL spot in World Series go through Minute Maid Park, where they were MLB-best 60-21. (2) 2. Los Angeles Dodgers. Prohibitive favorite to reach World Series but hoping to avoid first three-peat string of losses since 1911-13 NY Giants. (3) 3. New York Yankees.  With two gam…

Bisons and Baseball

Through Friday's games. Last week's rankings in parentheses. 1. New York Yankees. All rise: Judge batting .353 with seven homers in 12-game stretch. (3) 2. Houston Astros. Verlander, Cole produce first back-to-back games with 14-plus strikeouts by teammates in MLB history. (1) 3. Los Angeles Dodgers. Slumping Ryu skipped for one start to rest for postseason. (2) …

Bisons and Baseball

Through Friday's games. Last week's rankings in parentheses. 1. Houston Astros. Springer with a 463-foot bomb off LF restaurant windows in Toronto. (2) 2. Los Angeles Dodgers. Hoping Muncy (.253-33-87) misses only a couple of weeks with mild wrist fracture. (1) 3. New York Yankees. Dropped first four meetings with Athletics. (3) 4. Minnesota Twins. Chasing …

Bisons and Baseball

Through Friday's games. Most recent rankings in parentheses. 1. Los Angeles Dodgers. Bombs away: MLB-record 22 home runs in last five games. (1) 2. New York Yankees. Showdown in LA starts Friday night. (2) 3. Houston Astros. Verlander sets club mark with sixth straight game of 10-plus strikeouts. (3) 4. Minnesota Twins. Kepler's 33rd HR sets MLB mark for Europe…

Bisons and Baseball

Through Friday's games. Most recent rankings in parentheses. 1. Los Angeles Dodgers. Lead in NL West is up to 14 games, run differential has soared to plus-151. (1) 2. New York Yankees. As Mariano and Mussina head into Cooperstown, Boone's "Savages" have just about put away AL East with 22-6 run of dominance. (2) 3. Houston Astros. In city that hosted Mission Cont…

Bisons and Baseball

Through Friday's games. Most recent rankings in parentheses. 1. Los Angeles Dodgers. Monster season at work: Five straight walk-offs, 60th win in Game 89, 30 HRs for Bellinger. (1) 2. New York Yankees. Best wishes for health to radio/TV voices John Sterling and Michael Kay. (6) 3. Houston Astros. Verlander is a runaway AL Cy Young leader. (6) 4. Minnesota Twins…

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…