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Sunday's power rankings

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Are the Astros for real?

The Baseball Tonight crew breaks down whether the Astros can sustain their successful start.



Who did the most on Sunday? Well, it might always depend who you ask, but my picks for the top five performances would have to include:

1. Evan Gattis, Houston Astros: No sooner did I note that once he starts swinging the bat well, the Astros' power-packed lineup might really get in gear, than the big DH mashed two home runs to propel the Astros to their 10th straight win.

2. Tim Lincecum, San Francisco Giants: Shutting out the Los Angeles Angels over eight innings gave Lincecum his third quality start in five turns, while the Giants won 5-0. Even with a strikeout rate now below league-average, the win provided an indication that maybe life as a finesse righty relying on a sinker-splitter mix might give The Freak that second act on his career as a starter that many of us were beginning to doubt would happen.

3. Justin Upton, San Diego Padres: Single, double, homer, all in Petco as the Padres bashed their way past the Colorado Rockies in an 8-6 win. Five of Upton's six homers have come in San Diego, defying initial expectations that his power would take a hit in power-dampening Petco. Add in that it helped get James Shields his third win, while Craig Kimbrel notched his eighth save, and A.J. Preller's offseason confection still seems pretty sweet in the early going.

4. The Minnesota Twins: Sweeping the Chicago White Sox in four games? Getting their record over .500? Trevor Plouffe's grand slam in a 13-3 win was the easy highlight on Sunday. Maybe this will be their high-water mark until later this year when the prospects start coming up, but in the meantime give them credit for not being easy pickings while touted contender wannabes like the White Sox and Indians flounder.

5. Stephen Vogt, Oakland Athletics: A two-homer day is always going to get some attention, but this is also an opportunity to give Vogt some credit for delivering at the plate what the A's thought they'd get when they purchased him away from the Rays. After powering Sunday's 7-1 win over the Texas Rangers, Vogt is now at six homers to go with a .356/.455/.671 line so far this season. The question has always been whether he'd be able to handle regular catching chores, having never been a full-time catcher and having logged just 312 games behind the plate, counting minors and majors, from the start of his career through Sunday.

Christina Kahrl writes about MLB for ESPN. You can follow her on Twitter.