The A.L. went 142-110 in the 252 Interleague games that were played in stints from May 18-20 and June 8-24, a year after the A.L. went 131-121 and two years after the A.L. went 134-118.
The A.L. hasn’t lost the season series since 2003, extending its all-time Interleague advantage to 2,081-1,883 (.525). Now let’s get to this week’s MLB Power Rankings!
New York Yankees (43-28) - The Bombers teed off on R.A. Dickey and have a 2.5 game lead in the A.L. East.
Texas Rangers (45-28) - Feasted on the bottom feeders of the N.L. recently, but interleague play is now over. Getting Roy Oswalt will help.
Washington Nationals (41-29) - Made it through a brutal stretch of games and kept their lead in the N.L. East.
Los Angeles Angels (40-33) - That tough start is now a distant memory. This team’s on a good roll and gaining momentum.
Los Angeles Dodgers (43-30) - A 1-5 slide and a tough stretch of games coming up with Matt Kemp still out could knock them off their perch atop of the N.L. West.
Baltimore Orioles (41-31) - I don’t think a collapse is coming in 2012 and the scrappy Orioles are going to remain in the mix all season.
Tampa Bay Rays (40-32) - Need to get Evan Longoria back in the lineup if they want to catch the Yankees.
San Fransisco Giants (40-33) - Starting a huge series against the Dodgers and I think they have a shot at knocking the Dodgers of their perch in the N.L. West.
New York Mets (39-33) - Scrappy Mets apparently not going away anytime soon.
Chicago White Sox (38-34) - The trade for Kevin Youkilis will help them, but is it going to be enough?
Cincinnati Reds (39-32) - Coming off a tough week that included losing two of three at home to the Twins, ouch.
Pittsburgh Pirates (38-33) - Right on the Reds heels in the N.L. Central, but do they have enough to catch them?
Boston Red Sox (38-34) - Playing well and have their own hot rookie in Will Middlebrooks.
Atlanta Braves (38-34) - An up and down season so far, but in the thick of things in the N.L.
St. Louis Cardinals (38-35) - Only two out in the N.L. Central.
Cleveland Indians (37-34) - Hanging around in the mediocre A.L. Central.
Toronto Blue Jays (37-35) - A tough week of games ahead and a decimated pitching staff looks like trouble.
Arizona Diamondbacks (37-35) - Have they gotten their season turned around or took advantage of a recent soft schedule?
Detroit Tigers (35-37) - Still waiting on this team to get it going?
Oakland A’s (35-38) - Have been playing better recently.
Philadelphia Phillies (34-40) - Will Chase Utley’s return help them turn it around?
Milwaukee Brewers (33-39) - This team has more talent than this.
Miami Marlins (34-38) - A huge disappointment, what else can you say?
Kansas City Royals (31-39) - Activated exciting young catcher Salvador Perez from the DL.
Houston Astros (30-42) - The injury to Jose Altuve hurts an already weak offense.
Minnesota Twins (29-42) - Can Mauer stay healthy now?
Seattle Mariners (31-43) - Typical Mariners back in the basement of the A.L. West and looking like they may stay awhile.
Colorado Rockies (27-44) - Stephen Strasburg’s making his MLB debut at Coors Field!
San Diego Padres (26-47) - Trying to hang in there with the Cubs, but it’s no sure thing!
Chicago Cubs (24-48) - Looking more determined than ever to acquire the #1 pick in the 2013 draft.