Rays lead Sports Illustrated power rankings
The Rays are No. 1 in Sports Illustrated's latest baseball power rankings. The team the Rays just beat two nights in a row (the Yankees) are No. 2. Click here for the complete rankings.
About the Rays, SI baseball writer Joe Lemire writes:
Pat Burrell was signed to provide power from the right side of the plate, particularly against lefty pitchers. He fared so poorly that he was designated for assignment this week. No matter: The Rays have more wins (13) against left-handed starters, including a 2-0 record against the Mariners' Cliff Lee, than any other team in baseball. But one has to wonder if it'll last, as Tampa Bay is batting only .230 with 11 homers in 527 at bats against southpaws. The Rays have already protected the top ranking spot for four weeks now, with a weekend interleague series at Houston and then three home dates with division rival Boston looming early next week. testlk