How Red Sox are finding motivation in weekly MLB Power Rankings

Tomase: Red Sox’ latest form of motivation appears to be working originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

Baseball teams can find motivation under any rock or behind any tree. Maybe it’s a quote in the paper. Maybe it’s a SportsCenter segment. Maybe it’s a talk radio scorcher.

Or if you’re the 2021 Red Sox, maybe it’s the MLB.com power rankings.

Before the Red Sox faced the Mets and right-hander Jacob deGrom, aka The Best Pitcher on Earth, on Wednesday, manager Alex Cora was joking around with shortstop Xander Bogaerts.

“We beat this guy,” Cora told him, “we might be No. 1 in the nation.”

It turns out that to the list of idiosyncrasies that already includes tunnel time in the home run laundry cart and waving into the dugout like exuberant middle schoolers, the Red Sox can add a college-style infatuation with their national ranking.

The Red Sox opened

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Week 5 Takeaways + Updated Rankings (2020-21 Fantasy Basketball)

With Week 6 on the horizon, we polled our experts for their biggest takeaways of the last week and what they mean for fantasy basketball. Here are Brad CamaraAlex BurnsAaron LarsonAdam Koffler, and Zak Hanshew with their takeaways and updated Rest of Season rankings.

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My biggest takeaways this week center on some dominant big men. There hasn’t been a more dominant player over the last week than Clint Capela, who’s been tearing opposing defenses to shreds and blocking everything in sight. In four games played in Week 5, the big man averaged a ridiculous 22.0 points, 18.8 boards, and 1.3 steals … to go with an unbelievable 5.5 swats.

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