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Urban: MLB Power Rankings -- Giants, A's stay put

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Urban: MLB Power Rankings -- Giants, A's stay put

Aug. 1, 2011

URBAN ARCHIVE
JULY 25 RANKINGS

Editor's note: Mychael Urban's MLB power rankings -- detailing who's hot, who's not, a little why, a little how, and what it all means.

Mychael UrbanCSNBayArea.com
1 (1)
Philadelphia Phillies (68-39) Adding Hunter Pence was a masterstroke. The best got better.2 (2)
Boston Red Sox (66-40)It'll be a war in the AL East down to the wire; rotation leaking oil.
3 (5)
New York Yankees (64-42)David Robertson might be the key to division race.
4 (4)
San Francisco Giants (61-47)Give them time to gel. It'll happen, and it'll be impressive.
5 (3)
Texas Rangers (61-48) Mike Adams makes them far superior to Halos in AL West.
6 (6)
Atlanta Braves (63-46) Michael Bourn gives them speed element they sorely lacked.
7 (7)
Milwaukee Brewers (60-49) Wanted to do more, but what they've done might be enough.
8 (8)
Detroit Tigers (57-51) Justin Verlander can't do it alone. This will be a bumpy ride.
9 (12)
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (59-50) Back of the bullpen probably doesn't have enough juice.
10 (9)
Pittsburgh Pirates (54-52) Yes, the Pirates. Top 10. Incredible. Great deadline deals.
11 (18)
Arizona Diamondbacks (59-49) Hold off on celebrations, Giants fans. They're for real.
12 (11)
St. Louis Cardinals (57-51) Something doesn't feel right, but heart of the order sure does.
13 (15)
Cincinnati Reds (53-55) Johnny Cueto really IS that good. These guys still gotta get better on road.
14 (10)
Cleveland Indians (53-52) Ubaldo Jimenez would be a lot more exciting if it were 12 months ago.
15 (13)
Tampa Bay Rays (56-51) What an odd feeling to be this good but not nearly good enough.
16 (17)
Chicago White Sox (52-54) Hunch alert: They've got a crazy-good stretch of ball in them yet.
17 (14)
Toronto Blue Jays (55-53) See: Rays. Such is life in the Division Owned By Two.
18 (19)
New York Mets (55-53)Expect to see this number dropping steadily from here on out.
19 (21)
Florida Marlins (53-55) Strange approach to deadline in keeping with strange approach overall.
20 (22)
Colorado Rockies (51-57) Trading Jimenez said it all.
21 (23)
Los Angeles Dodgers (48-59) Going nowhere, but good enough to take some contenders down.
22 (16)
Minnesota Twins (50-58)Had chance to pile up prospects, looked at division, said, "What the heck."
23 (20)
Washington Nationals (51-56) Smart to hang onto Drew Storen. Huge piece of future there.
24 (24)
Oakland Athletics (49-59) Curious lack of activity at deadline. Might mean free-agents-to-be are staying.
25 (27)
Kansas City Royals (46-62) Joakim Soria would have brought some nice talent in return.
26 (26)
Chicago Cubs (43-65) Couldn't unload the really bad deals they're now known for.27 (25)
San Diego Padres (47-62) Heath Bell: "So explain the waiver thing to me again."28 (28)
Baltimore Orioles (42-63) String. Playing out. And it all started so well.
29 (30)
Seattle Mariners (45-62) Quick, name a great young position player. Didn't think so.30 (29)
Houston Astros (35-73) Pence, gone. Bourn, gone. Are they trying to not sell tickets?

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Hitting the high notes: Steph and Ayesha have 'bucket list' moment on Fillmore stage

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Hitting the high notes: Steph and Ayesha have 'bucket list' moment on Fillmore stage

As a two-time MVP, two-time NBA champion and one of the most popular players on the planet, you'd think there isn't much left for Stephen Curry to accomplish. 

The same can be said of his wife Ayesha -- a business powerhouse in her own right. 

But the two had a "bucket list" moment last night in San Francisco when they were welcomed on stage at the Fillmore for a performance with Johnnyswim. 

Johnnyswim is an American folk, soul, blues, pop music duo, consisting of singer-songwriters Amanda Sudano and Abner Ramirez who hail from Nashville, Tennessee. The duo is out on our promoting their studio album "Georgica Pond" and the live album "Live At Rockwood Music Hall"

The Currys weren't there just for show either -- social media videos show the two in song.

@JOHNNYSWIM #INeedMeSomeHome

A post shared by Wardell Curry (@stephencurry30) on

In her post, Ayesha said "What a night! This was definitely a bucket list moment w the amazing peeps @amandasudanoramirez @johnnyswim ... also @stephencurry30 yaaaaaaas."

Stephen isn't a stranger to showing off his vocal chords -- last season, he hit the late-night screen with an episode of "Carpool Karaoke" alongside James Corden

De'Aaron Fox lives up to billing, looks ready for primetime after solid debut

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De'Aaron Fox lives up to billing, looks ready for primetime after solid debut

SACRAMENTO -- Watching tape of De’Aaron Fox looks like a video stuck on fast forward. The comparisons to John Wall don’t do him justice. Teams deliberately sag off the rookie and dare him to shoot and he still manages to race by them in a blur.

If his opening night performance against the Houston Rockets was any indication, the Kings have landed a special player. From barking orders on the court to his teammates to going at NBA veteran defenders, Fox looked ready for primetime just 24 minutes into his professional career.

“I got to get my first NBA game out the way, I think it went well,” Fox told a huge crowd surrounding his locker. “We played hard. It didn’t go the way we wanted it to, we wanted to get the W, but there’s a lot of things we learned out of today.”

Dressed in a burgundy suit and shoes that would have made Omri Casspi blush, the rookie hung around for way too long after the game, giving every camera and microphone a good talking to. He’ll learn quickly that the media is drawn to him like a moth to a flame.

His numbers look modest - 14 points on 7-of-15 shooting and five assists. But he was facing a title contender in the Houston Rockets and the moment wasn’t too big for the 19-year-old point guard. Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni even showed the rookie respect when he shifted one of his better defenders in Trevor Ariza over to cover the speedster.

“This is game 1, we’re not expecting him to be a Hall of Famer right now,” George Hill said. “It takes steps to do it and baby crawls. But I think he took a huge step today in proving what he can do. He looked good out there.”

Hill started in front of Fox, but the two guards played alongside each other for plenty of minutes. That is the plan this season, although there are plenty of other players vying for minutes in the backcourt.

Everyone in the building seemed impressed by the youngster. He has an ability to drop the pedal down on an opponent and then downshift on the fly to stay under control.

“He’s pretty fast, you know,” Dave Joerger said of his star rookie. “He has a terrific charisma about him and I think he’ll be fun to play with.”

His teammates appeared to have no problems keeping up. They ran the floor and pushed the tempo when Fox was in the game and the team seems to feed off his energy.

“They play hard, man,” Vince Carter said of Fox and team’s other young players players. “They just go for it and that’s all you can ask. It’s just great and it’s going to get better. You can show them all the film you want, but they’re not going to learn until they get thrown into the fire. That’s the best lesson.”

Game 1 is in the books and Fox is already earning a longer look. The team embarks on their first road trip of the season beginning Friday night against the Mavericks. Waiting for them in Dallas is another young point guard in Dennis Smith Jr., setting up the first of many battles between the star-studded draft class of 2017.