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PHOENIX -- The last 24 hours werent easy on the Phoenix Suns, but they pulled together and got a win. Cheap Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Jerseys .The team landed at 3 a.m. from a close loss at Portland on Tuesday night, having already learned before that game that center Tyson Chandlers mother had died. Chandler was away from the team Wednesday as well.They trailed by as many as 11 points, but Eric Bledsoe scored 14 of his 21 in the fourth quarter to help the Suns to a 107-100 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night.Bledsoe added 11 rebounds and eight assists for the Suns (3-6), who got a season-high 19 points off the bench from Jared Dudley. Alex Len added 16 points and 14 rebounds.The guys came out and they played for a bigger purpose beyond basketball, coach Earl Watson said.My team needed me, Bledsoe said. All of us are a family. You dont ever want to see one of your brothers go down like that.Kentavious Caldwell-Pope led the Pistons (4-4) with a season-high 27 points, making 5 of 10 3-point attempts, but he missed a potential tying 3 with 1:35 to play and the Suns up 99-96. Andre Drummond added 18 points and 14 rebounds.The Pistons went on a 14-0 run between the end of the third quarter and early in the fourth to take an 87-81 lead. Former Sun Jon Leuer scored six of the points and finished with 11 points and nine rebounds.Phoenix went back ahead 92-90 when Dudley fed Len for a dunk with 5:02 to play. Dudleys fourth 3 of the game made it 99-93.Thats been my role the last couple of years, the trailing jump shot, Dudley said. Once you hit one, your teammates start looking for you.The Pistons led by as many as 11 points in the first quarter and 28-19 going into the second. Caldwell-Pope scored nine points in the first.The Suns made only 6 of 22 shots in the first quarter.Phoenix rallied in the second quarter, going on a 16-4 run. Dudley then knocked down three 3s as part of his 15 points in the quarter and gave the Suns a 49-47 lead with 3:17 left.Suns leading scorer Devin Booker didnt make his first field goal until early in the third quarter, but his three-point play with 6:15 to go gave the Suns a 66-60 lead.Booker had scored 100 points in his previous three games. He had 11 on Wednesday.Len had seven points in the third quarter, two on a power move inside to give the Suns a 78-69 lead at the 1:02 mark. But Caldwell-Pope hit a 26-footer at the third-quarter buzzer to cut the Suns lead to 81-76.We couldnt get stops the last of the fourth quarter, Caldwell-Pope said. We just kept trading baskets and that wasnt what we wanted to do.TIP-INSPistons: G Reggie Jackson remained out with a left knee injury ... F Marcus Morris, a former Sun, was roundly booed when introduced as a starter and when he touched the ball. He did have the dunk of the night in the second quarter when he flew in for a one-handed slam.Suns: Len recorded his first double-double of the season. ... The Suns bench totaled 41 points, compared to 21 for Detroit.VAN GUNDY RIPS TRUMPPistons coach Stan Van Gundy went on a near 6-minute rant about the election of Donald Trump before Wednesdays game. I dont think anybody can deny this guy is openly and brazenly racist and misogynist and ethnocentric, and say thats OK, were going to vote for him anyway, Van Gundy told reporters. We have just thrown a good part of our population under the bus.Van Gundy said what the country has done to women and minorities in electing Trump is despicable, and that hed never been ashamed of the United States until Wednesday.LOVE FOR BOOKERVan Gundy said a case can be made that Booker is the best player in his draft class at present. He doesnt have a lot of holes in his offensive game at all, Van Gundy said.WINLESS ON THE ROADDetroit is 0-4 on the road this season. Were not bringing enough at either end of the floor so weve got to get it changed around, Van Gundy said.BACK-TO-BACK AT HOMEThe Suns won consecutive home games for the first time since Dec. 13 and 18 of last season.UP NEXTPistons: At San Antonio on Friday night.Suns: Host Brooklyn on Saturday night. Wholesale Angels Jerseys . Miikka Kiprusoff had just announced his retirement after a decade-long run in Calgary and it would be up to Berra and Ramo to fill the void. Cheap MLB Jerseys .C. -- Chris Thorburn thinks one of the reasons the Winnipeg Jets have been successful under new coach Paul Maurice is that theyre playing together as a team. . LOUIS -- Cardinals cleanup hitter Allen Craig says hes recovered from a foot injury and ready to be put on St. Congrats to the?Chicago Cubs?for their historic season. They entered spring training as the favorites and delivered, winning 103 regular-season games and then coming back from 3-1 down against the Cleveland Indians to win their first World Series title since 1908.But thats old news! The other 29 teams are already looking ahead to 2017. The offseason has barely started and free agency and trades will have an impact, but here are our too-early rankings for 2017. FYI, I had the Cubs first and the Indians seventh on this list a year ago. Just dont ask me where I had the Diamondbacks.2016 rankings: Week 26 |?Week 25 |?Week 24 |?Week 23 |?Week 22?|?Week 21?|?Week 20 |?Week 19 |?Week 18 |?Week 17 |?Week 16 |?Week 15 |?Week 14 |?Week 13 |?Week 12 |?Week 11 |?Week 10 | ?Week 9 |?Week 8 |?Week 7 |?Week 6 |?Week 5 |?Week 4 | Week 3 | Week 2 | Week 1 | Preseason1. Chicago Cubs2016 record: 103-58-1 Final ranking: No. 1With a core of young position player stars -- they had the fourth-youngest group of hitters in the majors as weighted by playing time -- the question isnt why the Cubs are No. 1, but what could go wrong that would prevent them for holding this spot for several years to come? I guess the rotation could fall apart --?Jake Arrieta leaves as a free agent after 2017, Jon Lester gets hurt, Kyle Hendricks goes back to being a mid-rotation starter -- but the Cubs have the resources to fix that if necessary. Aroldis Chapman and Dexter Fowler (assuming he declines his option) are the only major free agents, and Theo Epstein will have to sort out a crowded outfield, but I see them winning 100-plus games again.2. Boston Red Sox2016 record: 93-69 Final ranking: No. 2Like the Cubs, the Red Sox have a young group of position players, the safest type of player to project moving forward. Mookie Betts and Xander Bogaerts will be entering their age-24 seasons, and Andrew Benintendi and Yoan Moncada look like two more young stars in the making. Theyll have to replace David Ortiz, but designated hitter is the one area of strength in free agency with Edwin Encarnacion, Jose Bautista, Mark Trumbo and Carlos Beltran available. The rotation again will feature David Price and Rick Porcello, and Eduardo Rodriguez has breakout potential.3. Washington Nationals2016 record: 95-67 Final ranking: No. 5There are some concerns here -- Stephen Strasburgs health, Ryan Zimmermans dead bat, Jayson Werths age, replacing or re-signing Wilson Ramos (who tore his ACL in late September) -- but with a full season from Trea Turner, better numbers from Bryce Harper and plenty of rotation depth, the Nationals should return to the playoffs, where theyve lost in the division series three times in five years.4. Los Angeles Dodgers2016 record: 91-71 Final ranking: No. 4Look, I dont like the bloated payroll full of expensive, injury-prone starting pitchers, either, but its not our money being flushed down Chavez Ravine. They still have the best pitcher in the game in Clayton Kershaw, Kenta Maeda is solid and youngsters Julio Urias and Jose De Leon have star potential. And thats aside from whatever Scott Kazmir, Hyun-Jin Ryu and Brandon McCarthy have to offer. As we saw in the playoffs, adding some right-handed bats and re-signing Justin Turner and Kenley Jansen will be top priorities.5. Cleveland Indians2016 record:?94-67 Final ranking:?No. 6Assuming Carlos Carrasco and Danny Salazar return to health, the Indians could run away with the American League Central again, given the unknown direction of the Tigers and the shaky state of the Royals. Remember, theyll still have Andrew Miller and will hopefully get Michael Brantley back in the outfield to go along with rising superstar Francisco Lindor. Mike Napoli is the major free agent, coming off a 34-homer season.6. Houston Astros2016 record: 84-78 Final ranking: No. 15The Astros never quite recovered from a 7-17 April that put them in a big hole. They had the youngest group of position players in the majors, however, and will be adding Alex Bregman for a full season. Carlos Correa didnt put up the MVP numbers many expected, but hell be better and may do that in 2017. Theyll need a bounce-back from Dallas Keuchel, health from Lance McCullers and better production from first base. Adding a lefty bat or two would help balance out the lineup.7. San Francisco Giants2016 record: 87-75 Final ranking: No. 10They need to figure out what happened to the offense in the second half, and theyll have to find some stability in the ninth inning (Jansen? Chapman?), but any team that starts with Madison Bumgarner, Johnny Cueto, Jeff Samardzija and Matt Moore should be competitive. Depth is an issue, and Bumgarner, Cueto and Samardzija were all worked hard in 2016. A power-hitting left fielder who bats right-handed would fill a need. Hmm, sounds a lot like Yoenis Cespedes.8. Pittsburgh Pirates2016 record: 78-83-1 Final ranking: No. 17Almost every year, at least one playoff team finished under .500 the season before -- and usually more than one team. In 2016, that was the Red Sox; in 2015., there were four such teams. The Pirates fit the bill after a down season. They fell from third in the National League in runs allowed to ninth, as the rotation fell apart. No starter made more than 21 starts, always a recipe for disaster. They just need Gerrit Cole to return to ace status and Jameson Taillon and Tyler Glasnow to reach their potential. Re-signing Ivan Nova -- 52 strikeouts and three walks after joining the Pirates -- is another key. The big question looming: Trade Andrew McCutchen and play Austin Meadows? Or move McCutchen to left field and hope he bounces back?9. Texas Rangers2016 record: 95-67 Final ranking:?No. 3The Rangers won 95 games while somehow outperforming their BaseRuns win total by 13 victories. Thats because they went 36-11 in one-run games, the best winning percentage ever, and thats not going to happen again, so theyll have to improve just to get back to 90 wins. That can happen with full seasons from Yu Darvish and Jonathan Lucroy, improvement from Rougned Odor and Nomar Mazara and the addition of another starter like Rich Hill.10. St. Louis Cardinals2016 record: 86-76 Final ranking: No. 12The Cardinals are always a safe bet to contend. Theyve won at least 86 games each of the past nine seasons and have just one sub-.500 season in the past 17, a stretch that includes 12 playoff trips. They struggled defensively in 2016 as Mike Matheny never seemed to settle on the right defensive rotation and the starters -- other than Carlos Martinez?-- collapsed after a great 2015. In the past, the Cardinals have been able to contend simply aiming for 90 wins. The growth of the Cubs means they need to aim higher.11. Seattle Mariners2016 record: 86-76 Final ranking: No. 13The Mariners could go either direction. They had the oldest lineup in the AL and you cant expect Robinson Cano and Nelson Cruz to combine for 82 home runs again. Felix Hernandez is no longer an ace and Hisashi Iwakuma will turn 36. They also won 86 games despite some glaring problems, most notably a bullpen that lost nine games the Mariners were leading heading into the ninth. Edwin Diaz seemed to fix that problem, however, and James Paxton and Taijuan Walker (after a late-season mechanical change) teased once again.12. Toronto Blue Jays2016 record: 89-73 Final ranking: No. 8With Encarnacion and Bautista possibly leaving, and given the ages of Troy Tulowitzki and Russell Martin, Ive seen suggestions that the Jays may have missed their window and should consider rebuilding. That seems a little absurd given theyll bring back the ALs top rotation. Aaron Sanchez led the AL in ERA in his first full season as a starter and Marco Estradas BABIP ability is clearly the real deal. OK, maybe J.A. Happ doesnt win 20 games again and the offense needs to find support for Josh Donaldson, but the Jays have deep pockets to fix some holes.13. Colorado Rockies2016 record:?75-87 Final ranking: No. 20Sure, they could turn into the 2017 version of the Diamondbacks, but the Rockies have the talent to end their skid of six straight losing seasons. I would not trade Carlos Gonzalez -- an outfield of CarGo, David Dahl and Charlie Blackmon would be too much fun -- in part because the Rockies always overestimate their offense. They had their best season in a long time on the road but were still just 22nd in the majors in runs. They need too fix a horrific bullpen that had the worst ERA in the majors; even factoring in Coors Field, a 5. Cheap Angels Jerseys Authentic. 13 mark is unacceptable.14. New York Mets2016 record: 87-75 Final ranking: No. 9Winning 87 games and a wild-card spot was a minor miracle given only two regulars played 140 games and the rotation was decimated by injuries down the stretch. Aside from health, however, there are some red flags here. Bartolo Colon will be 44 if hes re-signed. Cespedes will almost certainly leave, and while Jay Bruce has a team option, hes not that good. Michael Confortos fast track to stardom had some bumps. The rotation, of course, could carry the Mets to 90-plus wins, but we know the precarious nature of young arms.15. New York Yankees2016 record: 84-78 Final ranking: No. 14Bring on the youngsters! Aaron Judge, Clint Frazier and Greg Bird should all be incorporated into the 2017 lineup, although I envision some growing pains for Judge and Frazier. Then theres Gary Sanchez, who was arguably the best player in baseball the final two months. There are rumors theyll look to re-sign Chapman to form a 1-2 punch with Dellin Betances, and theyll need to find another starter or two.16. Kansas City Royals2016 record: 81-81 Final ranking: No. 16This looks like the last hurrah for this group of players: Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas, Lorenzo Cain, Alcides Escobar, Jarrod Dyson, Danny Duffy and Wade Davis are all free agents after 2017. Kendrys Morales has a mutual option for 2017 as well. The Royals were in first place through the end of May, and while injuries to Moustakas and Cain hurt, mostly they just werent that good. They were last in the AL in home runs and 13th in OBP. Theyll need better work from Edinson Volquez and Yordano Ventura and better numbers from Alex Gordon.17. Detroit TigersRecord: 86-75 Week 25 ranking: No. 11It will be interesting to see what the Tigers end up doing this offseason after general manager Al Avila said changes are coming. If the aging core of stars -- Miguel Cabrera, Ian Kinsler, Victor Martinez, Justin Verlander -- wasnt good enough to make the playoffs in 2016 in a weak division, what are the odds the Tigers will get there in 2017?18. Atlanta Braves2016 record: 68-93 Final ranking:?No. 24The Braves finished next to last in the National League in runs, but heres a fun fact to amaze your friends with: Over the final two months they ranked fourth in the majors in runs and the team went 31-25. That certainly provides hope for 2017, and while Im not quite as optimistic as Braves fans, young pitching can mature in a hurry. And if Mike Foltynewicz, Matt Wisler turn the corner, the Braves could surprise.19. Baltimore Orioles2106 record: 89-73 Final ranking: No. 7If you think this is pessimistic, just wait and see what the computers project for the Os. Of course, the computers always aim low on the Orioles and, hey, Zach Britton may actually blow a save or two in 2017. The concerns: The team relied on mashing 253 home runs, but 47-homer guy Trumbo is a free agent; they may not extend a qualifying offer to Matt Wieters and hand catcher over to rookie Chance Sisco, and Adam Jones had a subpar OPS+ of 95 (below league average). And whos in the rotation after Kevin Gausman and Chris Tillman?20. Arizona DiamondbacksRecord: 69-93 Week 25 ranking: No. 28OK, 2016 was a complete disaster, a 93-loss season that resulted in the firing of GM Dave Stewart and manager Chip Hale and the demotion of Tony La Russa. But theres talent here in Paul Goldschmidt, Zack Greinke, Jake Lamb, Jean Segura and others. Robbie Ray had a 4.90 ERA but was second in the majors in Ks per nine (11.25). If A.J. Pollock comes back from his broken elbow and Shelby Miller finds himself, the D-backs are a deep sleeper.21. Los Angeles Angels2016 record: 74-88 Final ranking: No. 21Are the Angels wasting the best years of Mike Trouts career? Well, theyre certainly going backward, from 98 wins in 2014 to 85 to 74. There arent any reinforcements coming up on the farm, but if Garrett Richards elbow can hold up that will help a rotation decimated by injuries. C.J. Wilson and Jered Weaver are free agents, so that clears $40 million off the payroll to spend in a weak free-agent market.22. Milwaukee Brewers2016 record: 73-89 Final ranking:?No. 22I like the direction the Brewers are going. Jonathan Villar came out of nowhere to become one of the leagues most exciting players, Zach Davies proved himself in the rotation and Tyler Thornburg developed into a closer with 90 Ks in 67 innings. The farm system is highly rated after some of the in-season trades and could get even deeper if Ryan Braun is traded. Theyre not ready to contend in 2017, but get this: Other than Braun, only Matt Garza makes big money and hes gone after 2017. Not only will they have a young core, theyll have money to spend in free agency, probably in 2018 and 2019.23. Miami Marlins2016 record:?79-82 Final ranking: No. 18The Marlins finished three games under .500 but were 10 games under in games Jose Fernandez didnt start. His death obviously leaves a gaping hole in a rotation that was already thin. Look, if Dee Gordon and Giancarlo Stanton have better seasons there is reason to believe, but its also a team with a management that lacks the creativity and financial willpower to make the necessary upgrades. A bad farm system makes it even more likely the Marlins remain stuck in mediocrity.24. Tampa Bay Rays2016 record: 68-94 Final ranking: No. 28The Rays pitching strategy in recent years had been to develop or acquire fly ball pitchers, who generally give up a lower BABIP and have higher strikeout rates. As home runs soared in 2016, this strategy was crushed: Their pitchers allowed 35 more runs than in 2015. The offense, meanwhile, hit 216 home runs, but ranked next to last in the AL in OBP. They need to find a catcher who can hit and they hope Matt Duffy shores up defense at shortstop as Brad Miller moves to first base, but this comes down to Chris Archer and Drew Smyly having better seasons and Blake Snell developing as expected.25. Chicago White Sox2016 record: 78-84 Final ranking: No. 19Do they rebuild? Doesnt it seem that four straight losing seasons is a sign this group as constructed isnt good enough? So you have to assume everybody is potentially on the board, including Chris Sale.26. Philadelphia Phillies2016 record: 71-91 Final ranking: No. 23Are Aaron Nola, Vince Velasquez, Jerad Eickhoff and Jake Thompson the core of a future playoff rotation? All four had good moments in 2016, but Nola finished the year on the DL, Velasquez had a 5.33 ERA in the second half, Eickhoff gave up 30 home runs, and Thompson had a 32/28 SO/BB ratio in his 10-start debut. The Phillies need that group to develop because the lineup is still a work in progress.27. Oakland Athletics2016 record: 69-93 Final ranking: No. 26I think Billy Beane would love to turn the clock back to the eighth inning of the 2014 wild-card game to see how history unfolds if Bob Melvin has a quicker hook with Jon Lester.28. Cincinnati Reds2016 record: 68-94 Final ranking: No. 27They did go 36-37 in the second half after a 32-57 first half. Some of that was due to Joey Vottos monster second half, but the pitching staff also lowered its ERA from 5.47 to 4.22. The bullpen was a wreck, serving up 103 home runs, the most in MLB history. Amir Garrett and Robert Stephenson could provide a boost to the rotation at some point, and Billy Hamiltons .369 OBP in the second half provides some hope, but the Reds remain a long way off.29. Minnesota Twins2016 record: 59-103 Final ranking: No. 30The Twins predictably regressed from their lucky 2015 campaign -- but nobody expected them to regress all the way back to 103 losses. Miguel Sano struck out 178 times in 116 games; Jose Berrios had an 8.02 ERA in 14 starts; Byron Buxton struggled out of the gate (although did post an .812 OPS over his final 44 games). Even if those three improve, however, there are still big problems in a pitching staff that -- remarkably -- allowed 128 more runs than the next-worst AL team.30. San Diego Padres2016 record: 68-94 Final ranking: No. 25Imagine a team with Corey Kluber, Anthony Rizzo, Trea Turner, Joe Ross, Yasmani Grandal, Brad Brach, and Logan Forsythe. Now imagine the 2017 Padres. 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