MLB Power Rankings: Week 8

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MLB Power Rankings: Week 8

Every Monday throughout the regular season, we'll be ranking all 30 MLB teams.

Take a look and offer up your thoughts in the comments or to us on twitter @CubsTalkCSN or @WhiteSoxTalkCSN.

Previous rankings: Preseason Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7

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JJ Comments 1
Tony: Okay, I'm buying this "run differential" stuff.
JJ: Good, because it shows how incredibly dominant Texas has been.
2
Tony: Kemp coing back soon. Initiate beast mode...
JJ: Capuano's been as important as anyone to their success.
3
Tony: Pitching is just...wow.
JJ: Gave up a ton to get Gio, but it's been worth it.
4
Tony: Just keep getting it done night in and night out.
JJ: Second-best run differential in AL. I'm buying.
5
Tony: Starting to lose their grip a bit?
JJ: They'll pull away in East when Longoria returns.
6
Tony: They're climbing. AL East is a powerhouse division.
JJ: Pitching may not hold, but haven't broke yet.
7
Tony: Chapman closing decision at just the right time.
JJ: Joey Votto: .325.466.601. He's good.
8
Tony: South Side Hitmen Part II, led by Konerko and Dunn.
JJ: Wainwright rounding into form is great news.
9
Tony: Hard to put them below Sox, but feel this is how it should be.
JJ: Pitching still a concern, although Pettitte has been great. 10
Tony: They're fading a bit. Can they rebound?
JJ: Giancarlo Stanton better be in the HR derby.
11
Tony: They're good, but can they hang in division?
JJ: Already-shaky run differential obliterated by Sox.
12
Tony: Giancarlo going all GIANCARLO lately, breaking scoreboards and stuff.
JJ: They're starting to come together. Watch out.
13
Tony: They may not last, but they're here now so get used to it.
JJ: Hate ranking them this high, but can't put them below ATLPHI.
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Wintrust Athlete of the Week: Fremd's Grace Tworek

Wintrust Athlete of the Week: Fremd's Grace Tworek

This week's Wintrust Athlete of the Week is Fremd senior Grace Tworek. 

Tworek has led the Vikings on and off the court this season. Last week, the Harvard commit put up a career-high 29 points in a win over Wheeling. 

Learn more about Tworek's success in the video above. 

Saturday on CSN: Loyola, Illinois State host Missouri Valley opponents

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Saturday on CSN: Loyola, Illinois State host Missouri Valley opponents

CSN will have two Missouri Valley Conference games with local teams on Saturday. 

The first game tips at 3 p.m. live on CSN as Evansville heads to Loyola. The second game tips at 7 p.m. and is also live on CSN as Drake will play at Illinois State.

Loyola (13-7, 3-4) is coming off of a tough road loss in double overtime to Northern Iowa. The Ramblers have been led by senior Milton Doyle this season as the former Marshall star is one of the better guards in the Valley.

Evansville (10-10, 1-6) has dropped five straight games as they're struggling to gain any momentum in conference play. Senior guard Jaylon Brown is having an outstanding season for the Purple Aces as he's putting up 21.2 points per game.

The second matchup has Drake (6-13, 4-3) traveling to Illinois State. The Bulldogs have won three of four games and junior guard Reed Timmer is dangerous while former Saint Viator product Ore Arogundade is having a solid sophomore season. 

Illinois State (15-4, 7-0) is leading the Valley after a huge win over Wichita State as they've won eight straight games. The Redbirds are hoping to make a run to an NCAA tournament bid with another home win.