Rangers are No. 1 in ESPN power rankings

April, 16, 2012
4/16/12
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The Texas Rangers' 8-2 start this season has shoved them up the ESPN power rankings and into the top spot. They were fourth last week.

This week's voters: Jim Bowden of ESPN Insider, Tim Kurkjian of ESPN The Magazine, David Schoenfield of the SweetSpot Blog Network/ESPN.com and Jayson Stark of ESPN.com.

Here's the top five:

1. Texas Rangers (previously 4)
2. Detroit Tigers (1)
3. St. Louis Cardinals (6)
4. New York Yankees (8)
5. Los Angeles Dodgers (11)

The other teams in the AL West:

17. Los Angeles Angels (5)
22. Seattle Mariners (19)
24. Oakland A's (27)

Note: The Angels took the biggest drop in the rankings (12 spots).
Richard Durrett joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He writes about colleges, the Dallas Stars and the Texas Rangers. Richard spent nine years at The Dallas Morning News covering the Rangers, Stars, colleges, motorsports and high schools.

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RA. Beltre 56
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