Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Power players converge in Arlington
ESPN.com started a feature last week called the Cross-Sport Power Rankings. It's exactly what it sounds like, a top-20 ranking of players from all over the sports world that is updated every Tuesday.
In Week 2 of the rankings (which you can find here), it's no surprise that Oakland A's pitcher Dallas Braden sits in the No. 1 spot after his perfect game against the Tampa Bay Rays on Mother's Day. The A's are in Arlington to face the Rangers this week, although Braden isn't scheduled to pitch during the three-game series between the top two teams in the AL West.
Somebody from the rankings, however, will be playing in the Rangers-A's series. DH/OF Vladimir Guerrero checks in at No. 18 after his performance in the Rangers' four-game sweep of the Kansas City Royals.
Other baseball players in the rankings are Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay (No. 7), Colorado Rockies pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez (No. 12), Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier (No. 14) and New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira (No. 20).