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Tony's Top 5
Baseball teams at midseason
Washington Nationals Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper alone make them one of the most compelling teams in the game. But can they hit enough?
San Francisco Giants Is there an NL that can hit and pitch? If Tim Lincecum ever gets right, look out.
New York Yankees Injuries to C.C. Sabathia and Andy Pettitte are an obvious concern. And remember, Mariano Rivera and Michael Pineda were hurt, too.
Los Angeles Angels Give it a little more time and they might very well be No. 1. Pitching. Speed. Defense. Power.
Texas Rangers Best team in baseball thus far might be suspect in the starting rotation. Time will tell.
Tony's Top 5
Best offseason moves in recent Red Sox history
Signing Johnny Damon From 2002-05, Damon averaged 149 games, 16 home runs, 115 runs and 25 steals. His OPS was .803. Rock solid.
Trading for Curt Schilling The piece that put the Red Sox over the top in 2004. Most guys go to New York to win titles. Schilling came here.
Signing David Ortiz In 10 years, he's hit more homers than anybody but Albert Pujols, Adam Dunn or Alex Rodriguez. Jackpot.
Signing Manny Ramirez Find another $100 million free agent contract that lived up to this one. Anywhere. He was worth it.
Trading for Pedro Martinez Since he came in November 1997, only the Braves and Yankees have won more games.
Tony Massarotti is a Globe sportswriter and has been writing about sports in Boston for the last 19 years. A lifelong Bostonian, Massarotti graduated from Waltham High School and Tufts University. He was voted the Massachusetts Sportswriter of the Year by his peers in 2000 and 2008 and has been a finalist for the award on several other occasions. This blog won a 2008 EPpy award for "Best Sports Blog".
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