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Grading the weekend series: Blue Jays, Padres sit atop the class

By Mike Axisa | Baseball Writer

Both the Blue Jays and Padres earned high marks this weekend. (USATSI)
Both the Blue Jays and Padres earned high marks this weekend. (USATSI)

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Welcome to our grades for this weekend's series. That's plural, as in multiple series. Like serieses, or something. Grading all 30 teams would be overkill, though, so we instead stick with the five traditional letter grades, plus the occasional modification. On to this weekend's grades:

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A+The Blue Jays didn't just sweep the Rangers this weekend, they swept the Rangers in a four-game series in Texas. They dominated too -- Toronto outscored the Rangers 24-4 in the four-games. Twenty-four to four! The Jays have won five straight and eight of their last 10 overall, and while only this weekend's action counts towards the grades, they are clearly starting to right the ship and play up to expectations. For the first time since April 24, when they were 9-13, Toronto is within four games of a .500 record.
AYeah, I'm bending the rules here and giving two teams an "A." San Diego received the top grade for the most recent weekday series, and they continued to earn high marks by sweeping the Diamondbacks in a three-game set over the weekend. Kyle Blanks hit a three-run, tie-breaking homer off setup man David Hernandez in the eighth inning on Sunday to set up the sweep. For the first time since April 7, 2011, the Padres are one game over .500. Fittingly, they reached that mark on Father's Day.
B+The Orioles took care of business at home this weekend, taking three of four from the division rival Red Sox. They won the opener in 13 innings and the only loss was a one-run game. The AL East is ridiculously tight -- four teams are within five games for first -- and Baltimore moved to within 1.5 games of Boston for the division lead. Chris Davis deserves special recognition for going 5-for-17 (.294) with two home runs and six RBI in the four games.
CMiami usually doesn't get much love in the weekly grades, but they took two of three from the best team in baseball this weekend and wrestled the EOB Heavyweight Belt from the Cardinals in the process. Believe it or not, this was the Marlins' first series win of 2013 against a team other than the Mets. I don't know if that said more about the Marlins or more about the Mets.
FIt takes a lot for me to give one series two grades, but the Rangers deserve an "F" for their work this weekend by losing those four games at home to the Blue Jays. Texas has lost six straight and 14 of their last 20 games overall, going from 4.5 games up in the AL West to 3.0 games back of the Athletics. Tough times in Arlington.
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