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Staff writer Tim Mitchell loves the National Pastime. Here's this week's MLB power poll:


1. Red Sox (1)

They want to get Chris Sale and David Price healthy for the post-season.

2. Astros (3)

Hector Rondon took a line drive off his pitching hand.

3. Yankees (2)

They may be without Aroldis Chapman for the rest of the season.

4. Athletics (4)

Blake Treinen will get votes for the AL Cy Young Award.

5. Cubs (5)

Cole Hamels is one of the best trade acquisitions this season.

6. Indians (6)

Picking up Josh Donaldson at the end of the waiver-trade deadline could be huge for this team.

7. Brewers (9)

A Milwaukee fan flew a 25-foot "L" flag after Milwaukee defeated the Cubs.

8. Cardinals (7)

Matt Adams hit the 300,000th home run in Major League history.

9. Mariners (10)

Several players were involved in a scuffle in the team's clubhouse before Tuesday's game.

10. Rockies (12)

German Marquez and Kyle Freeland have been pitching well in recent weeks.

11. Braves (8)

Mike Foltynewicz was called for a balk when he spit while taking his signs

12. Dodgers (13)

Kenley Jansen didn't travel to Denver on doctor's orders.

13. Diamondbacks (11)

Their right fielders rank last in the majors in OPS by almost 40 points.

14. Rays (15)

Former Cobra Kevin Kiermaier frequently makes ESPN's Web Gems with his acrobatics in the outfield.

15. Phillies (14)

Former All Star Ryan Howard retired from baseball.

16. Pirates (18)

Trevor Williams interrupted a mid-game interview to catch a foul ball.

17. Nationals (16)

The general manager says Dave Martinez will return as manager in 2019.

18, Angels (19)

The team has reccommended Tommy John surgery for Shohei Ohtani.

19. Giants (17)

A fan named Dave Edlund has recovered 37 "splash balls" that landed in McCovey Cove.

20. Twins (20)

Ervin Santana says he is frustrated with Minnesota's front office.

21. Mets (22)

Todd Frazier tricked the umpire with a fake bgall he found in the stands.

22. Blue Jays (21)

Prospect David Paulino has joined the big league club.

23. Rangers (23)

Adrian Beltre has stolen exactly one base in the past seven seasons and has one stolen base this year.

24. Reds (24)

Matt Harvey has given up two or fewer earned runs in 11 of his 19 starts.

25, Tigers (25)

Niko Goodrum's 15 home runs are the most by a Tigers rookie since 2003.

26. White Sox (26)

The team leads MLB by having 72 batters hit by pitches.

27. Marlins (27)

They may remove the home run sculpture out in left-center field of Marlins Park.

28. Padres (28)

Wil Myers' comments about manager Andy Green were aired while he was playing the video game Fortnite

29. Royals (29)

Until last week, they were the only team in MLB without a winning streak of at least four games.

30. Orioles (30)

On Sept. 18, they will wear jerseys with Braille letters to honor the blind.


Tim Mitchell is a reporter at The News-Gazette. His email is, and you can follow him on Twitter (@mitchell6).