Power Rankings: Yankees sail along

A friendly reminder that Game 7 of the World Series will be played Nov. 5.

If the races aren't a little closer in the next week or so, perhaps Bud Selig would consider starting the playoffs 10 days early.

If not, it wouldn't hurt if we all rooted for global warming, just for the coming month. Hey, it's the World Series.

Week 24:

New York
New York

1.New York Yankees (94-53; Previous: 1) – Baseball chooses not to punish A-Rod for steroid situation, however, would like to know more about stapler missing since he came in for questioning.


Boston
Boston

2.Boston Red Sox (86-58; Previous: 4) – They're so far in Angels' heads, Red Sox know what Angels are thinking before Angels do. For example, right now Scioscia's beginning to form opinion on Fuentes throwing a strike occasionally.


Los Angeles
Los Angeles

3.Los Angeles Angels (86-59; Previous: 3) – Angels play a game in New York before heading to Boston. On relaxing Amtrak trip up coast, offense opts to ride in Quiet Car.


Philadelphia
Philadelphia

4.Philadelphia Phillies (84-60; Previous: 5) – Philly papers poll readers' choice of ninth-inning options, surprised when write-in candidate Kyra Sedgwick finishes just behind Madson, well ahead of Lidge.


St. Louis
St. Louis

5.St. Louis Cardinals (85-62; Previous: 2) – Pujols says, “I'm not a home-run hitter.” Goes on to say Pope quite possibly of non-Catholic persuasion, bear relieves himself typically in deforested urban areas.


Los Angeles
Los Angeles

6.Los Angeles Dodgers (88-59; Previous: 7) – After his 30th home run and sixth walkoff hit of season, he's not just Ethier, he's Ethiest.


Texas
Texas

7.Texas Rangers (80-65; Previous: 6) – MLB line of credit allows Rangers to sign Latin players, though Hicks admits card with Selig image kind of embarrassing at 7-Eleven.


Colorado
Colorado

8.Colorado Rockies (83-64; Previous: 8) – Rockies can't hit Lincecum's fastball, Zito's curveball, but pretty sure they could handle McCovey's ceremonial first pitch.


San Francisco
San Francisco

9.San Francisco Giants (79-67; Previous: 10) – Penny beats Dodgers on Sunday, spoons with Bowa after early dinner and "60 Minutes."


Florida
Florida

10.Florida Marlins (78-68; Previous: 11) – Fish management announces it won't raise ticket prices next season; in small print reveals it will field an all-volunteer team.


Detroit
Detroit

11.Detroit Tigers (78-67; Previous: 9) – Constant beeping in downtown Detroit startles citizens, relieved to learn it's merely sound of local ballclub backing into playoffs.


Atlanta
Atlanta

12.Atlanta Braves (77-68; Previous: 17) – Braves shut down Pujols and Cardinals, consider auctioning staff to Phillies and Dodgers for October.


Minnesota
Minnesota

13.Minnesota Twins (74-72; Previous: 14) – Twins annoyed by losing to inferior teams. On bright side, there appear to be fewer and fewer of those.


Seattle
Seattle

14.Seattle Mariners (75-71; Previous: 13) – Ichiro(notes) gets another 200 hits, dragged into shower by Junior, who recalled with fondness same celebration for Keeler.


Chicago
Chicago

15.Chicago Cubs (75-69; Previous: 15) – Urlacher texts, “Season is over.” Cubs defiantly play on.


Tampa Bay
Tampa Bay

16.Tampa Bay Rays (73-73; Previous: 12) – Rays had their year. Devo, Billy Ray Cyrus, Baha Men can totally relate.


Chicago
Chicago

17.Chicago White Sox (72-74; Previous: 16) – And so do the White Sox (See: Cubs.)


Milwaukee
Milwaukee

18.Milwaukee Brewers (70-75; Previous: 19) – Sunday is Doug Melvin bobblehead day at Miller Park. Ask him if Macha will be asked back next season and see which way his head goes.


San Diego
San Diego

19.San Diego Padres (66-81; Previous: 20) – Pads win six consecutive series, ask league if they can roll those over into next season.


Houston
Houston

20.Houston Astros (70-76; Previous: 18) – Oswalt gets club-record 16th no-decision, also having trouble lately choosing outfits, sometimes wishes he'd opted for the fish at lunch, and, you know, maybe should have taken surface streets to ballpark.


Oakland
Oakland

21.Oakland Athletics (67-78; Previous: 21) – A's fans love this time of year, when the air turns aromatic and the sunsets go orange, mostly because the Raider fans are setting all those car fires. Still, it's pretty.


Toronto
Toronto

22.Toronto Blue Jays (66-80; Previous: 24) – Bad news: Wells getting killed by fans. Good news: Jays drawing 11,000 a night, so ear-plugged, “La-la-la” usually works.


Cincinnati
Cincinnati

23.Cincinnati Reds (67-79; Previous: 23) – If it could see these Reds, Big Red Machine would roll over in its recycling center.


Arizona
Arizona

24.Arizona Diamondbacks (64-83; Previous: 22) – D'backs get to thinking only thing less forgiving than NL West is Kanye West.


Baltimore
Baltimore

25.Baltimore Orioles (60-85; Previous: 27) – New schedule comes out, Angelos crestfallen to learn Yankees, Red Sox still on there.


Kansas City
Kansas City

26.Kansas City Royals (58-87; Previous: 28) – Hillman says Royals should not be judged solely on wins and losses because scouting department and farm system are getting better and, oh, damn, just shoot me now.


New York
New York

27.New York Mets (63-83; Previous: 25) – Mets out on Sept. 14, must admit it's a lot less painful this way.


Cleveland
Cleveland

28.Cleveland Indians (61-84; Previous: 26) – Neck and neck for week: Sizemore surgeries vs. Tribe victories.


Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh

29.Pittsburgh Pirates (55-89; Previous: 29) – Capps accuses Astros batter of colluding with first base coach to get catcher's signs, saying, “I'm set and he's not even looking at me. That tells me all I need to know.” Batter, Miguel “Ol' Bird Eyes” Tejada, says that's ridiculous.


Washington
Washington

30.Washington Nationals (50-95; Previous: 30) – Riggleman contends Nats not the worst team in baseball; we'll defer to Urlacher on this one.