News brief 11POWER_B


1. Detroit Tigers (4): Until they lost Thursday, Tigers went seven days — and 56 innings — without trailing.

2. Colorado Rockies (10): Third baseman Nolan Arenado, 23, has look and game of future superstar.

3. San Francisco Giants (4): Weekend series at Dodgers latest chapter of baseball’s best rivalry.

4. Los Angeles Dodgers (6): Friendly suggestion for retired Hall of Fame manager Tommy Lasorda: Shaddup!

5. Milwaukee Brewers (2): Ryan Braun’s return from DL will be, uh, a shot in the arm.

6. Miami Marlins (16): Marlins copying blueprint of ’87 Twins, who went 56-25 at home, 29-52 on road — and won the World Series.

7. Washington Nationals (7): Skipper Matt Williams now familiar with another kind of hit-and-run.

8. Oakland A’s (1): Salvaging victory in doubleheader nightcap vs. M’s showed resilience (and value of a deep bullpen).

9. New York Yankees (8): Mariano Rivera’s jab at former teammate Robinson Cano made tabloid headlines in Gotham, drew yawns everywhere else.

10. Seattle Mariners (18): Cano’s supposed lack of “red-hot passion” must have been reason he missed nine of 810 regular-season games with Yankees from 2009-13.

11. Baltimore Orioles (15): Orioles’ biggest win of week was learning catcher Matt Wieters won’t need elbow surgery.

12. Chicago White Sox (17): South Siders actually got a trophy — the Crosstown Cup — for winning series against North Siders.

13. Kansas City Royals (13): Eric Hosmer’s bat — and rest of Royals’ offense — warmed up in San Diego.

14. St. Louis Cardinals (12): Sunday’s game at Pittsburgh will be 26th away from home for road-weary Redbirds.

15. Boston Red Sox (23): Sox’s hyped “Killer B’s” — Xander Bogaerts and Jackie Bradley Jr. — learning humility in the Show.

16. Los Angeles Angels (14): Ral Ibañez, off to dismal start, losing at-bats to rookie slugger C.J. Cron.

17. Atlanta Braves (3): When the pitchers are batting No. 8, it’s a sign of a dismal offense.

18. Texas Rangers (9): Injuries to starting rotation finally caught up with Rangers last week.

19. Toronto Blue Jays (20): Workhorse Mark Buehrle on pace to win 20 for first time in 15-year career.

20. New York Mets (11): Mets pitchers opened season 0-for-58 at plate, breaking futility record set by 1914 St. Louis Browns.

21. Cincinnati Reds (21): Keep an eye on hard-luck Reds; they’re better than their record.

22. Philadelphia Phillies (19): Gung-ho attitude of third baseman Cody Asche inspiring comparisons to teammate Chase Utley.

23. Minnesota Twins (22): Twins’ opening-day outfielders (Josh Willingham, Oswaldo Arcia, Aaron Hicks) were on the DL.

24. Tampa Bay Rays (24): If a game at Tropicana Field is delayed by a power blackout and nobody is there to see it, did the blackout happen?

25. San Diego Padres (25): Visa problems of Cuban right-hander Odrisamer Despaigne likely related to spelling discrepancies.

26. Cleveland Indians (26): Nyjer Morgan’s “Tony Plush” alter ego returned for a cameo appearance with web-gem catch.

27. Pittsburgh Pirates (28): Bucs beneficiaries of a baseball first last week: The walk-off replay review.

28. Arizona Diamondbacks (30): Top starting-pitching prospect Chase Anderson, who makes his debut Sunday, bypassed Triple A.

29. Chicago Cubs (27): Third baseman Kris Bryant, the second overall pick in last year’s draft, could take a similarly fast track to majors.

30. Houston Astros (29): Astros gearing up for May 22 return to Safeco Field, where they are 2-1 this season and 10-5 all time.