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Power Rankings — Yankees, Dodgers rise, but only one can be No. 1

[ad_1] Just last week they dethroned the Dodgers in our Power Rankings, but the Astros didn't rule the roost for long. With L.A. moving back on top on the strength of three first-place votes, Houston didn't even hang on to second place, as the Yankees were on top of two voters' ballots. Suddenly, the injury-wracked B-team Bombers have emerged as the club that could break up the stranglehold that the
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Those prospects the Mets dealt in the Cano-Diaz deal? They’re thriving for Seattle

[ad_1] Maybe Mets fans can take solace in the idea that perhaps Justin Dunn was never destined to pitch for their team anyway. Dunn grew up in Freeport, Long Island, 23 miles from Citi Field and attended games as a kid there and at old Shea Stadium. When the Mets drafted Dunn in the first round out of Boston College in 2016, it looked like a classic local-kid-makes-good story.The only
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Power Rankings — Make way for a new No. 1

[ad_1] It was perhaps only a matter of time, but the season-long duel between the Dodgers and Astros for the top slot in our rankings has seen its first changing of the guard since L.A. overtook Houston back in Week 8. Blame getting Zack Greinke, blame Yordan Alvarez's latest feats of strength, but the Astros have regained No. 1 status after getting a majority of first-place votes. Since Opening Day,
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MLB Weekend Watch — Picks, analysis on Indians-Twins, those amazing Mets

[ad_1] Things heat up in the American League Central as the surging Cleveland Indians take on the first-place Minnesota Twins this weekend, while the red-hot New York Mets host the Washington Nationals in a battle of teams left for dead not long ago.Here's what we're most excited to see Friday through Sunday:The biggest series of the weekend actually started Thursday, as the Twins host the Indians for a four-game set.
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Mets sign Panik to deal, designate Hechavarria

[ad_1] Second baseman Joe Panik, released by the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday, has agreed to a free-agent deal with the New York Mets, the team announced Friday.Panik cleared waivers on Friday. It's a homecoming for Panik, who attended high school in Hopewell Junction, New York, and attended St. John's University.The Mets, who enter Friday's game against the Washington Nationals just a half-game out of the second National League wild-card
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Source — Mets agree to contract with 2B Panik

[ad_1] Second baseman Joe Panik, released by the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday, has agreed to a free-agent deal with the New York Mets, a source told ESPN's Jeff Passan.Panik cleared waivers on Friday. It's a homecoming for Panik, who attended high school in Hopewell Junction, New York, and attended St. John's University.The Mets, who enter Friday's game against the Washington Nationals just a half-game out of the second National
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MLB Awards Watch — Historic MVP chase, surprising Cys and a new rookie phenom

[ad_1] 8:00 AM ETBradford DoolittleCloseESPN Staff WriterSports reporter, Kansas City Star, 2002-09 Writer, Baseball, Baseball Prospectus Co-author, Pro Basketball Prospectus Member, Baseball Writers Association of America Member, Professional Basketball Writers AssociationDavid SchoenfieldCloseESPN Senior WriterSenior writer of SweetSpot baseball blog Former deputy editor of Page 2 Been with ESPN.com since 1995As August gets cooking, the races for the 2019 awards are heating up, with most of the MVP, Cy Young and
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The 10 matchups we’re circling over final two months of MLB season

[ad_1] Maybe this is the best way to sum up the National League playoff race. Consider the Philadelphia Phillies, with big expectations after a winter of big deals. Here's what has happened:• Six of the relievers on the Opening Day roster -- and eight overall -- are currently on the injured list.• Andrew McCutchen played 59 games and went down for the season with a torn ACL.• Bryce Harper has