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Urban: MLB Power Rankings -- New club on top

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Urban: MLB Power Rankings -- New club on top

May 23, 2011

URBAN ARCHIVE
LAST WEEK'S 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 (2)
Cleveland Indians (29-15) More than 14 of season is gone; its getting harder to call it fools gold. 2 (1)
Philadelphia Phillies (28-18) No fools gold here, but wheres the beef beyond Ryan Howard?
3 (8)
St. Louis Cardinals (28-20) Albert Pujols, Matt Holliday, Lance Berkman: best 1-2-3 punch going. 4 (5)
San Francisco Giants (27-19) Its not quite so torturous when you expect it to happen every day. 5 (4)
Tampa Bay Rays (26-21) 15-8 record on the road says a lot about this teams cohesion, character. 6 (6)
Florida Marlins (26-19) Josh Johnsons injury wont be as devastating as you might think. 7 (7)
Atlanta Braves (26-23) Batting average not always important. It is in the case of Dan Uggla (.185). 8 (13)
New York Yankees (25-20) One of three teams (w Phils, Fish) with winning record at home, on road. 9 (3)
Cincinnati Reds (25-22) Five-game losing streak after five-game winning streak typical of hotcold club. 10 (11)
Texas Rangers (24-23) If only because its wrong to leave division leader out of top 10. 11 (12)
Boston Red Sox (25-21) Adrian Gonzalez-fueled 8-2 run has them a half-game out in AL East. 12 (18)
Milwaukee Brewers (24-23) If they ever seriously consider dealing Ryan Braun, contract them. 13 (14)
Toronto Blue Jays (23-23) Underrated bullpen overshadowed nationally by Jose Baustista. 14 (9)
Los Angeles Angels (24-24) Bobby Abreu has as many career doubles (534) as Lou Gehrig? Wow. 15 (10)
Detroit Tigers (23-23) By far the best team in the game trailing division leader by seven games. 16 (27)
Chicago White Sox (22-26) Not a very good team overall, but this is what winning 7 of 10 gets you. 17 (28)
Seattle Mariners (22-24) By far the highest theyve appeared in these rankings; blame parity.
18 (16)
Oakland A's (22-25) Another month of wasted gems and you can forget about pre-season predictions. 19 (17)
Colorado Rockies (23-22) Simply cant afford Carlos Gonzalez, Troy Tulowitzki to not be great. 20 (25)
Arizona Diamondbacks (23-23) Have more than enough talent to get sneaky on everyone this summer. 21 (19)
New York Mets (22-24) Owner Fred Wilpons New Yorker interview sort of explains all the trouble. 22 (22)
Washington Nationals (21-25) Giants fans who wanted J.J. Hardy likely less enthused about prospect. 23 (20)
Baltimore Orioles (21-24) A lot of executives made a mistake in not taking a run at Vlad Guerrero. 24 (21)
Los Angeles Dodgers (21-27) With Matt Kemp cooling off, they need relief corps to get better fast. 25 (15)
Kansas City Royals (22-24) Early season feel-good story feeling very much like its run its course. 26 (23)
Pittsburgh Pirates (22-24) Perennial sub-.500 club only two games under is story worth tracking.
27 (24)
Chicago Cubs (20-25) They can hit with most everyone, but bullpen as a whole is beyond shaky.
28 (26)
San Diego Padres (19-28) Like Rays, better on road than at home. Unlike Rays, not very good anywhere. 29 (29)
Houston Astros (17-30) Wandy Rodriguez starts are worth watching. Take other four days off. 30 (30)
Minnesota Twins (15-30) Sad enough before Harmon Killebrew passed away. Now its depressing.
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Jordan Bell: Rookie year with Warriors 'like being a freshman all over again'

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Jordan Bell: Rookie year with Warriors 'like being a freshman all over again'

Warriors rookie Jordan Bell made an instant impact for the team this season. But as of late, his playing time has dwindled. In four of the Warriors' last five games, Bell has been inactive. 

“It's just the life of a rookie,” Bell said to The Athletic. “That's what Steve Kerr always tells me. It's not because I'm playing bad. Just gotta be professional about it and stay ready. It's like being a freshman all over again.”

While Bell wants to be on the court with his teammates, what he appreciates most from Steve Kerr is his communication. Kerr is always honest about when he won't play Bell and he keeps the former Oregon Duck encouraged. 

“He talks to me about it every time he sees me,” Bell said. “Lets me know I'm not going to be active. Keep doing what you're doing, you're doing good. But it still f------ sucks. You're playing well and it doesn't mean anything because you're younger. It sucks, but you got to be professional about it.”

Bell has played in 12 of the Warriors' 18 games this season. The 22-year-old is averaging 3.2 points and 2.2 rebounds per game over 8.3 minutes per game. 

The Warriors bought the 38th pick in the 2017 NBA Draft from the Chicago Bulls and selected Bell. On Friday night, the Warriors, and perhaps Bell, play the Bulls for the first time this season. 

What they're saying: Happy Thanksgiving 2017

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What they're saying: Happy Thanksgiving 2017

Bay Area sports teams and your favorite players have plenty to be thankful for this year. 

Check out how the teams and players are celebrating Thanksgiving in 2017.