MLB Power Rankings: Week 12

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MLB Power Rankings: Week 12

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 Week 8 Week 9 Week 10 Week 11

Tony
JJ Comments 1
Tony: They musta been upset we kicked them out of No. 1.
JJ: If Holland returns to form, rotation could be immaculate.
2
Tony: Still streaking, but not as good as Texas.
JJ: Like Texas, feasted on National League in interleague.
3
Tony: Need early-season Ethier, not the guy of last few weeks.
JJ: 22-8 since May 22. They are who we thought they were.
4

Tony: Ok, it's for real. Trout may be in MVP race.
JJ: Recent struggles have allowed Giants back into race.
5
Tony: Zimmerman is not right, which is a huge blow.
JJ: I always thought Tony was a weird wuss anyways.
6
Tony: This team was better when Chapman was a robot.
JJ: No question Votto's the leader for NL MVP right now.
7
Tony: Joe has to be upset about team's "Maddon-ing" defense.
JJ: Somehow still hanging around as we near midway point.
8
Tony: Dodgers better watch out, these G-men are comin'.
JJ: Brandon Belt on a tear: 1.104 OPS in June.
9
Tony: They really couldn't give Moyer a shot? C'mon, man.
JJ: Youk gives them much-needed stability at third.
10
Tony: "Youklis" is a huge boost to that lineup.
JJ: Entering week as only team in majors w10 BB rate.
11
Tony: No more middleman in Middlebrooks' way.
JJ: They're a mess, but still lurking and dangerous.
12
Tony: McCutchen for NL MVP! Well, behind Votto, anyways.
JJ: Craig Kimbrel's FIP: 0.91. 0.91!
13
Tony: Beltran's still awesome, team still hanging around.
JJ: Think Wainwright turns it on in second half.
14
Tony: They're probably jumping for joy to play the Cubs.
JJ: If Alvarez is coming around, could keep 'em in contention.
15
Tony: Beachy injury leaves them vulnerable.
JJ: Would love to see R.A. Dickey start All-Star Game.
16
Tony: They need to get some offense. LaHairSoriano, anybody?
JJ: Enter week with a -42 run differential.
17
Tony: Feel the ground shaking? They're coming.
JJ: Decent team not good enough for rough AL East.
18
Tony: Bet they wish they could play the Cubs every day.
JJ: Not back yet, but far from buried, you guys.
19
Tony: They need to make a move lest this scuffle lasts.
JJ: Back over .500 and lurking in NL Wild Card hunt.
20
Tony: Derek Norris latest member of upstart A's.
JJ: Too bad Jim Thome can't play every day.
21
Tony: Hmmm. Maybe they will trade Greinke after all.
JJ: Holding their own, at .500 vs. AL West entering week.
22
Tony: Utley returns this week! It's a ray of hope.
JJ: Michael Fiers was fun to watch on Sunday.
23
Tony: Maybe they were too busy watching the Heat last week?
JJ: Wil Myers' reign of terror is approaching fast.
24
Tony: Maybe they should trade some young talent for a P?
JJ: A flawed team that needs a lot of help.
25

Tony: Felix looks like a King again.
JJ: Also .500 in AL West. Only team under .500? Texas.
26
Tony: How Many Altuves would it take for this team to win?
JJ: Wonder if Wandy Rodriguez, last '05 Astro, will get dealt.
27
Tony: Maybe Morneau will be a trade deadline piece.
JJ: Liriano's been great since return to rotation.
28
Tony: Call up Pomeranz! Couldn't possibly be worse than other SPs.
JJ: Pitching rules are, as David Kaplan would say, ridiculous.
29
Tony: Maybe they shouldn't have traded Rizzo?
JJ: Closing in on Pittsburgh for MLB's worst offense.
30
Tony: IT'S RIZZO TIME, BABY! Can you say fifth place?
JJ: Arne Friedrich is Tuesday's prime attraction at Wrigley, right?

Rick Renteria: White Sox not overly concerned about Todd Frazier's injury

Rick Renteria: White Sox not overly concerned about Todd Frazier's injury

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- They plan to stay vigilant, but the White Sox say Todd Frazier's left oblique injury isn't severe. 

A day after he said Frazier is day to day with what he described as a left oblique strain, manager Rick Renteria said the third baseman has improved.

"He's actually feeling good today, Renteria said. "Our purpose was to hold him back a little bit. Those side issues, muscular issues, oblique issues, they could be a pain in the rear, but it depends on the severity of those types of injuries. Right now it's just a mild soreness, so we're not concerned about it too much."

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Renteria also said outfielder Charlie Tilson has shown some improvement. The hope is Tilson, who is expected to be sidelined for 10 days with a stress reaction in his right foot, could start limited activities on Friday.

Renteria also suggested Carlos Rodon could participate in his first bullpen session shortly. Rodon only began to play catch last Friday and hasn't pitched off the mound yet in camp.

"He feels good and he'll be out there soon," Renteria said. "He's extending and he feels good. He's holding it back a little bit."

Zack Burdi: Mark Buehrle's perfect game was 'electric moment'

Zack Burdi: Mark Buehrle's perfect game was 'electric moment'

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Even though he was only 14, Zack Burdi remembers all the emotions he experienced when he went to Mark Buehrle's perfect game.

The White Sox prospect, who grew up in Downers Grove, Ill., said Thursday afternoon he could recall how it felt to be at then-U.S. Cellular Field on July 23, 2009 when Buehrle set down all 27 Tampa Bay Rays hitters in order. Burdi's friend's father had access to a company suite and as the game wore on the crowd become increasingly invested in the performance.

"I just remember the atmosphere, not really knowing what was going on until the fourth or fifth inning," Burdi said. "(As a kid) you don't really grasp how special the moment is you're in until that fifth, sixth, seventh, where everyone in the stadium can feel how much — there's passion on the field but within the stands there's so much want and energy for it to happen. I think just being there and feeling that electric moment was pretty special."

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The White Sox announced on Thursday they will retire Buerhle's number 56 before a June 24 contest against the Oakland A's at Guaranteed Rate Field.

Along with Paul Konerko, Buehrle was already one of Burdi's favorite players. Burdi — who was taken by the White Sox with the 26th pick in the 2016 amateur draft — was 10 when the White Sox won 11 straight postseason games en route to capturing the first World Series title in Chicago in 88 years. 

But being in person for Buehrle's perfecto only strengthened his love. The highlight of course was when Dwayne Wise — a late defensive replacement — soared through the air in the ninth inning to rob Gabe Kapler of extra bases at the left-center field fence. The moment has forever been memorialized in Chicago as the phrase "The Catch" adorns the top of the fence in the spot where Wise collided with the wall.

"That's probably the most memorable," Burdi said. "That was insane because even to a little kid, you know what the sport is, you know a play like that in that moment is something that's once-in-a-lifetime. It's something I'm sure he'll never forget, something that me and my buddies and fans for sure won't forget."