Rangers roll to No. 1

Updated: April 11, 2011, 12:50 PM ET
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With baseball's best record (8-1) and the top run differential (plus-32) in the game, the Texas Rangers are the clear No. 1 in Week 2 of the MLB Power Rankings.

The Rangers, who went 5-1 for the week, moved up two spots from No. 3, while last week's No. 1, the New York Yankees, fell to No. 4. Along with the Rangers and Yankees, the Philadelphia Phillies (No. 2), Cincinnati Reds (No. 3) and Colorado Rockies (No. 5) round out the top five.

The Cleveland Indians, who have won seven straight games, are this week's U.S. Army Team of the Week. The Indians moved up a whopping 21 spots from No. 30 to No. 9.

This week's voters were Jason Grey from the ESPN fantasy team, Tim Kurkjian of ESPN The Magazine, David Schoenfield of the SweetSpot Blog Network and ESPN.com, and Jayson Stark of ESPN.com. Nearly all team comments come courtesy of the fan bloggers on the SweetSpot Blog Network.

Tune in to "Baseball Tonight" every Monday on ESPN to see the week's U.S. Army Power Rankings.

2011 Power Rankings: April 11
RANKTEAM / RECORD TRENDINGCOMMENTS
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2
Last Week: 3
No team in baseball boasts a more impressive run differential than the Rangers' 58-26 mark, thanks in no small part to a potentially breaking-out Matt Harrison (14 IP, 1.29 ERA). -- Joey Matschulat: Baseball Time In Arlington
2
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Last Week: 2
The Phillies' offense is running on all cylinders, averaging 6.5 runs per game en route to a 7-2 start. -- Bill Baer: Crashburn Alley
3
Reds
6-3
2
Last Week: 5
Primarily due to his league-leading 12 walks (after drawing only 39 in 2010), Jonny Gomes has an OPS over 1.000, despite his .227 BA. -- Chad Dotson: Redleg Nation
4
3
Last Week: 1
That new swing Derek Jeter spent all offseason working on? Gone after only eight games. He has a paltry .233 batting average, zero home runs, just two RBIs and only one XBH (a double). -- Jason Rosenberg: It's About The Money
5
7
Last Week: 12
Colorado pitchers have stepped up since Ubaldo Jimenez hit the DL, and are 5-0 with a 3.05 ERA over the last seven starts. -- The Common Man: The Platoon Advantage
6
2
Last Week: 8
The revamped bullpen looks great, leading MLB with 32 strikeouts compared to just 10 walks (two intentional). Strangely, the most significant contributions have come from holdovers Shawn Camp, Jason Frasor and Marc Rzepczynski. -- Drew Fairservice: Ghostrunner On First
7
2
Last Week: 9
The Orioles are 6-3 behind starters Jeremy Guthrie and Zach Britton, who are a combined 3-1, 0.65 ERA. -- Dave McNeil: Weaver's Tantrum
8
4
Last Week: 4
Mark Buehrle bears watching after two troubling starts (11 IP, 7 runs, 2 strikeouts). He was already walking a very fine line. -- The Common Man: The Platoon Advantage
9
21
Last Week: 30
Break up the Indians! It's still early, but the best news of 2011 might be the resurgent Travis Hafner, who's hitting .370/.433/.630 with two homers in 30 plate appearances. -- The Common Man: The Platoon Advantage
10
6
Last Week: 16
The Marlins must feel good to be in second place and to have Hanley Ramirez back in action Tuesday, but this week's road contests against the Braves and Phillies should tell us a bit more about them than last week's Nationals and Astros series did. -- Bill Parker: The Platoon Advantage
11
1
Last Week: 10
Matt Kemp looks reborn with a .514 OBP, three strikeouts and 6-for-6 in steal attempts in nine games. -- Jon Weisman: Dodger Thoughts
12
1
Last Week: 11
It's extremely early in the season, but Tim Lincecum (11.6 K/9, 1.9 BB/9, 0.64 ERA) is off to a fast start. -- Chris Quick: Bay City Ball
13
7
Last Week: 6
After dropping five of their last six, the Braves will take on two more divisional rivals this week in the Marlins and Mets. The Braves have scored just one earned run in their last 22 offensive innings. -- Kevin Orris: Capitol Avenue Club
14
12
Last Week: 26
In a development that can only be described as shocking, through their first nine games, the Royals have drawn a 39 walks, the most in the American League. -- Craig Brown: Royals Authority
15
Cubs
4-5
1
Last Week: 14
Coming into Sunday's game, the Cubs' starting rotation was 2-3 with an ERA of 4.89, ranking them 22nd in the majors. -- Joe Aiello: View from the Bleachers
16
5
Last Week: 21
Jeff Mathis, Mark Trumbo and Vernon Wells have combined to hit .188/.202/.292 with two walks (both by Wells) against 29 strikeouts in 99 plate appearances. Is it too late to ask for Mike Napoli back? And why is Hank Conger not playing more? -- The Common Man: The Platoon Advantage
17
Mets
4-5
8
Last Week: 25
The Mets' bullpen has struck out 24 in 30 innings (7.12 K/9), but has also allowed 51 baserunners (1.68 WHIP) and blown two of four save opportunities. -- Joe Janish: Mets Today
18
2
Last Week: 20
Prince Fielder is 11-for-18 with two home runs and 11 RBIs in his last four games after a 3-for-17 start.
19
5
Last Week: 24
Oakland starters have thrown 62 of a possible 79 innings in the first nine games, sporting a 2.47 ERA. If only they could get a few more runs. -- Dan Hennessey: Baseballin' On A Budget
20
7
Last Week: 13
Aaron Harang is 2-0 for the first time since 2007, when he finished 16-6. Success from Harang would offset the offseason loss of Jon Garland. -- Geoff Young: Ducksnorts
21
4
Last Week: 17
The Twins have opened the season with a major offensive slump, scoring three or fewer runs in seven of their first nine games. -- Nick Nelson: Nick's Twins Blog
22
6
Last Week: 28
Leadoff hitter Jose Tabata has carried the Pirates' shaky offense through the team's first 10 games, hitting .342/.457/.553 and tying for the NL lead with 11 runs scored. -- Bill Parker: The Platoon Advantage
23
8
Last Week: 15
Other than a dominant performance by Justin Verlander against the Orioles and similar work by Phil Coke in his first start, the otherwise Tigers stunk it up last week with a dormant offense, dropping two of three to the Royals at Comerica (three hits off Bruce Chen?). -- Mike McClary: The Daily Fungo)
24
17
Last Week: 7
There aren't many ways you can feel good about being 2-7, but with two wins over the Yankees, that sure helps. -- Troy Patterson: Fire Brand of the American League
25
2
Last Week: 27
Miguel Montero is hitting .500/.552/.846 through the first eight games. And Willie Bloomquist is hitting .357/.400/.536. One of these starts is more believable (Montero) than the other. -- The Common Man: The Platoon Advantage
26
Rays
1-8
8
Last Week: 18
Manny wigs are now half-price while supplies last ! -- Mark Heilig: The Ray Area
27
5
Last Week: 22
Ryan Franklin surrendered ninth-inning leads earlier in the week, but the Cardinals offense finally broke through with six runs as Matt Holliday returned to the lineup for the first time since Opening Day. -- Matt Philip: Fungoes
28
5
Last Week: 23
In their first nine games, no Nationals starting pitcher has gone fewer than five innings yet this season.
29
10
Last Week: 19
The Mariners haven't been able to rely on much of anything during their seven-game losing streak. Jason Vargas and Erik Bedard were blown out, the defense has been shaky, and the offense still hasn't found a way to score. -- Jon Shields: Pro Ball NW
30
1
Last Week: 29
Starting pitchers are getting it together the second time through the rotation, putting up three quality starts and a 2.17 ERA this week. Now if they can just keep the ball away from the bullpen. -- Austin Swafford: Austin's Astros 290 Blog