Rays still top Sports Illustrated power rankings

Rays The Rays of the past few weeks haven't been the same as the Rays of the first few weeks, but they still own the best record in baseball and still sit at the top of Sports Illustrated's power rankings. You can see SI's entire power rankings by clicking here.

About the Rays, SI baseball writer Joe Lemire writes:
The Phillies beat the Rays in the 2008 World Series, so the Rays retaliated against the city of Philadelphia by ... wearing Chicago Blackhawks jerseys on a plane? Sorta. Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon occasionally institutes an offbeat dress code for team flights, and players were encouraged to wear hockey sweaters on the team's recent flight to hockey-loving Canada. Pitching coach Jim Hickey, a Chicago native and Blackhawks fan, has a nephew who works in the hockey team's ticketing office. Phone calls were made, and next thing we knew, most of the Rays were wearing Blackhawks jerseys.

[Last modified: Thursday, July 8, 2010 4:17pm]

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