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Around The Horn

September 22, 2013|Kevin Baxter
  • Boston's Shane Victorino hits an RBI single against the New York Yankees at Fenway Park on Sept. 14.
Boston's Shane Victorino hits an RBI single against the New York Yankees… (Winslow Townson / Associated…)

The baseball season isn't over yet, but the fall television season has already begun with the networks rolling out a new lineup of shows. So in an effort to boost our ratings, Times staff writer Kevin Baxter takes a TV-themed look at the hits, misses and flops among MLB's 30 teams. (Statistics through Friday's game. Last week's rankings in parentheses.)

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*--* SOMEBODY'S GONNA WIN AN EMMY 1. BOSTON "Pawn Stars" Team turns discarded items (Victorino et al.) into gold (1) 2. OAKLAND "Traffic Light" No AL team has allowed fewer hitters to reach base than A's (2) 3. DETROIT "Superman" Opponents can't find Kryptonite for Miguel Cabrera (6) 4. ATLANTA "House of Payne" What visitors call Atlanta since Braves have MLB's best home mark (8) 5. ST. LOUIS "Law and Order" Cardinals have nabbed top percentage of would-be base stealers (3) 6. CINCINNATI "Amazing Race" Reds head toward final week tied for wild-card lead (4) 7. PITTSBURGH "Modern Family" Pirates last made Series with "We Are Family" team in 1979 (5) 8. TAMPA BAY "Baywatch" With 5 games against Orioles and Yankees, Rays control their destiny (10) 9. CLEVELAND "Goodnight , Beantown" After Boston success, Francona lands winner in spinoff (9) 10. WASHINGTON "American Idol" A Harper slump? Clown question, bro. Many stats up over 2012 (11) 11. DODGERS "Cool Pools" HGTV show follows Dodgers from Arizona into playoffs' deep end (7) 12. N.Y. YANKEES "Survivor" A-Rod, asked to leave island, sticks around to break grand slam mark (13) 13. KANSAS CITY "Glee" Royals in race this late in season for 1st time since 2003 (15) 14. BALTIMORE "Big Bang Theory" Orioles lead majors in homers but are 4th in AL East in wins (12) 15. TEXAS "Better With Yu" Darvish bidding to be 1st Ranger strikeout leader since Ryan in '90 (14) SHOWS THAT WERE CANCELED AT MIDSEASON 16. ANGELS "Deadliest Catch" Trout 1st in AL history with 25 HRs, 30 SBs, 100 walks in season (16) 17. ARIZONA "Saved by the Bell" Not in Arizona; Heath has blown nearly a third of his chances (17) 18. SAN DIEGO "The Voice" Team is hard to watch, but Coleman, Enberg make it worth listening to (20) 19. PHILADELPHIA "The Office" Like TV namesake, Phils' Ryan Howard was gone much of the time (18) 20. SAN FRAN. "Extreme Makeover" Last team to go from champs to chumps? 1998 Marlins (22) 21. COLORADO "Home Improvemen t" Rockies 11 games over .500 at home, 24 under on road (21) 22. TORONTO "Hockey Night in Canada" NHL drops puck 2 days after Blue Jays' last game (19) SOFIA VERGARA IN A BIKINI COULDN'T HAVE SAVED THESE BUSTS 23. N.Y. METS "Friends" Describes makeup of Mets home crowds, the smallest this century (23) 24. MILWAUKEE "Happy Days" Classic show's name reflects life in Milwaukee before Brewers came (25) 25. SEATTLE "Touched by an Ex-Angel" Morales leads team in hitting and RBIs (24) 26. MINNESOTA "The Apprentice " No regular has more than 3 years of MLB experience (27) 27. CHICAGO CUBS "According to Jim" Superfan Belushi would admit Cubs were miserable this year (26) 28. CHI. WHITE SOX "Chicago Hopeless" Team has spent 1 day out of cellar since June 6 (28) 29. MIAMI "The Hitmen" A bright spot was Pierre passing DiMaggio with 2,215 career hits (29) 30. HOUSTON "Biggest Loser" With 103 losses, Astros lead MLB for 3rd season in a row (30) *--*

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