Power Rankings: Soft schedule lifts Yankees

If the schedule is going to keep lobbing them Orioles and Astros, the Yankees will go ahead and take over the top spot in the rankings.

In honor of the occasion, Joe Girardi is considering changing his number again.

Week 11 (records through Wednesday):

New York
New York

1.New York Yankees (41-24; Previous: 2) – Coming Hughes Rules: 1) To lessen chance of injury, limit pitch count; 2) To ensure strength late in season, skip occasional start; 3) To maximize postseason effectiveness, acquire Cliff Lee(notes).


Tampa Bay
Tampa Bay

2.Tampa Bay Rays (41-24; Previous: 1) – Barenaked Ladies to perform after game at The Trop next week, Rays ownership to join band for encore rendition of "If I Had $1,000,000."


Boston
Boston

3.Boston Red Sox (39-28; Previous: 8) – Red Sox Nation preps for return of prodigal Manny, is a little embarrassed it turned his bedroom into rumpus room for grandkids.


Atlanta
Atlanta

4.Atlanta Braves (38-28; Previous: 9) – Braves wonder if Glaus is new Chipper. Or, if Chipper is new Glaus.


Minnesota
Minnesota

5.Minnesota Twins (38-27; Previous: 3) – Firefighters search for ignition point of Target Field kitchen fire, so far have eliminated arson, lightning, wiring, Twins offense.


San Francisco
San Francisco

6.San Francisco Giants (37-28; Previous: 14) – Burrell moves from Tampa to San Francisco, bats .407 in first 10 games with Giants, credits personal credo: "One bay at a time."


Los Angeles
Los Angeles

7.Los Angeles Dodgers (38-27; Previous: 10) – A little nervous about his return to Fenway, Manny secretly wishes things had ended differently in Boston. By differently, of course, he means sooner.


Texas
Texas

8.Texas Rangers (37-28; Previous: 15) – Harden goes to disabled list, bullpen looking forward to the rest.


San Diego
San Diego

9.San Diego Padres (38-28; Previous: 5) – Padres fans cheer in-game earthquake at Petco, disappointed when second sign of apocalypse wasn't run support.


Cincinnati
Cincinnati

10.Cincinnati Reds (36-30; Previous: 7) – Rolen credits recent offensive success to "blind-squirrel theory," which also happens to explain why he's been eating so well.


Toronto
Toronto

11.Toronto Blue Jays (36-31; Previous: 4) – Fred Lewis(notes) lines foul ball off Dick Vitale, who, all things considered, is just glad it got him north of border.


Los Angeles
Los Angeles

12.Los Angeles Angels (37-32; Previous: 16) – Scioscia prefers not to cover first base with rental player. Would not, however, be averse to a little fixer-upper who could drive ball into nice neighborhood.


New York
New York

13.New York Mets (37-28; Previous: 20) – Out of three, Lady Gaga shows Mets fans how many wins they should expect in weekend Subway Series at Yankee Stadium.


St. Louis
St. Louis

14.St. Louis Cardinals (36-30; Previous: 6) – McGwire, who cursed the bad luck of playing in steroid era, now suffers bad luck of being hitting coach when Cards' offense tanks. Guy can't catch a break.


Philadelphia
Philadelphia

15.Philadelphia Phillies (33-30; Previous: 11) – Phils fans bemoaning Lee trade search expanded standings for Minor League Depth category.


Detroit
Detroit

16.Detroit Tigers (35-29; Previous: 12) – In: Miguel Cabrera(notes) striving for Triple Crown. Out: Miguel Cabrera reaching for Crown Royal.


Colorado
Colorado

17.Colorado Rockies (33-32; Previous: 17) – Reaching for Jimenez moniker, locals appear to have settled on U the Man. Close seconds: U-Haul, U Betcha, and U Complete Me.


Oakland
Oakland

18.Oakland Athletics (33-34; Previous: 13) – A's would love move to San Jose, however have serious doubts about getting Coliseum cleaning deposit back.


Florida
Florida

19.Florida Marlins (31-34; Previous: 14) – Last in league in attendance, Marlins management hoping to create livelier atmosphere, distributes vuvuzelas to bullpen, bench players and coaching staff.


Washington
Washington

20.Washington Nationals (31-35; Previous: 19) – Strasburg's first two starts were against Pirates and Indians, schedule has next two against White Sox and Royals. If all goes well, should be ready for major league lineups after that.


Chicago
Chicago

21.Chicago White Sox (30-34; Previous: 22) – Sox take lead in BP Cup, don't even hang around to paper-towel oily mess off Byrd.


Chicago
Chicago

22.Chicago Cubs (29-36; Previous: 21) – Cubs thrilled when Hawks come through with Stanley Cup, had no idea a championship comes with a trophy and everything.


Kansas City
Kansas City

23.Kansas City Royals (28-38; Previous: 25) – Royals out of last place for weeks, can't believe how pathetic Indians are.


Milwaukee
Milwaukee

24.Milwaukee Brewers (28-38; Previous: 24) – Prince batting league-worst .156 with runners in scoring position, appears to have hit upon way for Brewers to afford him.


Arizona
Arizona

25.Arizona Diamondbacks (26-40; Previous: 27) – Byrnes out to blow up roster. Sadly, fewer and fewer day workers around to help clean up debris.


Houston
Houston

26.Houston Astros (26-40; Previous: 29) – City officials consider demolishing Astrodome. So far, haven't been able to lure Astros in first.


Seattle
Seattle

27.Seattle Mariners (25-41; Previous: 23) – Mariners swap assignments, move third-base coach Brumley to first. Several hitters meet Brumley for first time later that evening.


Cleveland
Cleveland

28.Cleveland Indians (25-39; Previous: 28) – Indians set up Strasburg merchandise stand, make mint on T-shirts, jerseys, souls.


Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh

29.Pittsburgh Pirates (23-42; Previous: 26) – Bucs' run on losing seasons prepares to become a man: Only a 59-38 record over final 3½ months prevent it from turning 18.


Baltimore
Baltimore

30.Baltimore Orioles (18-48; Previous: 30) – O's pacing 1962 Mets, remind themselves it's not a sprint, but a slow, grotesque, ultimately humiliating slog of a marathon.