view this code in chrome and the emphasized "Motor Trend" will appear below the baseline

2012 Motor Trend Car of the Year®

Next, lets remove the TD valign - and everything appears normal in Chrome

2012 Motor Trend Car of the Year®

Next, lets remove the SUP element and return the TD valign - and everything appears normal in Chrome

2012 Motor Trend Car of the Year®

this is the "control" - outside of a table everything is on the baseline.

2012 Motor Trend Car of the Year®