Phillies again in top spot

Updated: August 15, 2011, 2:46 PM ET
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For the sixth straight week, the Philadelphia Phillies are the No. 1 team in the Power Rankings.

The Boston Red Sox rise one spot to No. 2 in the Week 20 ranking, while the New York Yankees fall one spot to No. 3. The Atlanta Braves stay in the No. 4 spot for the second consecutive week, and the Milwaukee Brewers rise one spot to No. 5.

The Arizona Diamondbacks, who have won six games in a row and jumped three spots to No. 8, are this week's U.S. Army Team of the Week.

This week's voters were Tim Kurkjian of ESPN The Magazine and Jayson Stark of ESPN.com. Meanwhile, you can rank the teams yourself.

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

2011 Power Rankings: August 15
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Last Week: 1
Antonio Bastardo's 3.6 hits allowed per nine innings is the lowest hit rate in the modern era (minimum: 40 innings). Bastardo's emergence has been just one of many pleasant surprises for the Phillies in 2011. -- Paul Boye: Crashburn Alley
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Red Sox
73-46
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Last Week: 3
While maintaining a lead over the Yankees in the AL East, last week didn't go smoothly for the Red Sox. They ended up at .500 on the week (3-3) and the offense struggled with the only exception being David Ortiz, who hit three home runs and had a .545 batting average. -- Troy Patterson: Fire Brand of the American League
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Yankees
72-46
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Last Week: 2
The Yankees boast a +175 run differential, far and away the best in baseball, thanks to the second lowest runs allowed in the league as well as the second best runs scored. Despite this, the question still rages: Who will be the No. 2 starter if/when the playoffs start? Oh yeah, A-Rod returns this coming weekend. -- Jason Rosenberg: It's About The Money
4
Braves
70-51
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Last Week: 4
Although Dan Uggla's hit streak came to an end, he managed to boost his batting average .053 points and hit 15 home runs during the 33-game stretch. -- Kevin Orris: Capitol Avenue Club
5
Brewers
70-51
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Last Week: 6
The Brewers are 16-2 in their last 18 games, and even with most of the competition coming from the dregs of the NL Central, that's an impressive run. The resurgence of Casey McGehee has been key: Over this run, he's hitting .314/.348/.600 and is finally hitting the ball to the opposite field with authority again. -- Jack Moore: Disciples of Uecker
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Rangers
69-52
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Last Week: 5
After having to put up with years of substandard offensive production from their catchers, the Rangers have extracted a delightful .803 OPS from their backstops this season -- the third-best mark in baseball. -- Joey Matschulat: Baseball Time in Arlington
7
Angels
65-56
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Last Week: 7
Jered Weaver saw his ERA jump from 1.87 to 2.13 when he allowed eight runs on Saturday. It would have been worse, but Jeff Mathis (.128/.186/.179 since Hank Conger was sent down) calls such a great game. -- The Common Man: The Platoon Advantage
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Last Week: 11
At what point will the D-backs start getting more national attention? Well, trips to Philadelphia and Atlanta this week might be a start. The East Coast swing will also be a time for Justin Upton (.306/.379/.564) to put his MVP candidacy on the big stage. He leads the NL in total bases (260) and extra-base hits (64). -- Tyler Emerick: Snakes on Jefferson
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Giants
66-55
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Last Week: 9
The struggling Giants had their first series win this weekend in a long time, taking two of three from the Marlins. It's the first series win since July 28 when they took two of three from the Phillies. -- Chris Quick: Bay City Ball
10
Tigers
64-56
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Last Week: 10
If the Tigers are determined not to run away with the AL Central, it mirrors their approach to winning games. The club's last eight wins all were by one run. Their last win of more than a lone run came on July 29, a 12-2 win over the Angels. -- Mike McClary: The Daily Fungo
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Rays
64-55
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Last Week: 12
The Rays, winners of five of their last six games, return to Fenway Park this week for the first time since the Legend of Sam Fuld was born amid a rain-shortened two-game series April 10-12. That 125-game layoff stacks 19 of the Rays' final 45 games against Boston and New York. -- Mark Heilig: The Ray Area
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Last Week: 8
The Cardinals won two of three against Rockies -- aided by Albert Pujols' eight total bases -- but they couldn't put a dent in the Brewers' five-game lead in the NL Central. -- Matt Philip: Fungoes
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Indians
60-57
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Last Week: 14
The Indians started a pivotal stretch against their AL Central rivals last week and showed they are still serious contenders. Ubaldo Jimenez had his first win as an Indian as the Tribe took two of three from the division-leading Tigers and two from the Twins in a rain-shorted series. -- Susan Petrone: It's Pronounced Lajaway
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Last Week: 13
Just a hunch, but Brett Lawrie might be the real deal. Big hits in big spots and an incredible eye at the plate. A star is born in Toronto. All he needs now is to find a position. -- Drew Fairservice: Ghostrunner On First
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Reds
59-62
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Last Week: 17
After winning four in a row, Cincinnati still stood 10 games out of first in the NL Central ... despite scoring just one fewer run than St. Louis and giving up just one more. Baseball is a funny game. -- Chad Dotson: Redleg Nation
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Last Week: 18
The White Sox are at .500 again and just four games back of the Tigers for the AL Central lead. They're 26-33 at home, but a strong 34-27 on the road. None of this makes sense, but then again, the White Sox really don't this season. -- Becca: You Can't Predict Baseball
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Mets
58-62
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Last Week: 15
The Mets have lost five straight, are 3-9 in the month of August, 3-11 over their last 14 games and 12-17 since the All-Star break. On the bright side, they've won 33 road games this year -- one more than they did in all of 2010. -- Joe Janish: Mets Today
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Pirates
56-63
2
Last Week: 20
Paul Maholm is winless in his last six starts. During that stretch, he has a 5.80 ERA and has allowed 51 hits in 35 2/3 innings pitched. -- ESPN.com
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Last Week: 22
An injury-free August (.386/.426/.636) has Michael Morse now qualifying for the batting title with an average that's third best in the NL. His slugging percentage is also sixth best. Is there an award for the surprise player of the year? -- Harper Gordek: Nationals Baseball
20
Marlins
56-64
4
Last Week: 16
The Marlins endured another bumpy road last week, and it ended by losing two out of three games against the Giants. The Marlins have two series on the road this week, and they haven't been too bad away from home of late. -- David Gershman: Marlins Daily
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Rockies
56-66
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Last Week: 19
Despite the fact that he is having perhaps the finest season of his young career, Troy Tulowitzki has not performed well in the clutch. When the game is "late and close," according to baseballreference.com, Tulo is batting .188/.316/.313. When the situation is high leverage, he is batting .232/.305/.379. -- Travis Lay: Blake Street Bulletin
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Last Week: 24
Jemile Weeks is hitting .294 through his first 57 major league games, but has only drawn 10 walks, leading to a .320 on-base percentage. To develop into a productive leadoff hitter, he'll have to find more ways to get on base, because he can't steal first. -- Dan Hennessey: Baseballin' On A Budget
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Dodgers
55-64
2
Last Week: 21
By sweeping the Astros, the Dodgers moved into third place in the NL West for the first time since June 7. -- Jon Weisman: Dodger Thoughts
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Twins
52-67
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Last Week: 23
The reeling Twins have lost 11 of their last 13 and are in danger of dropping into last place in the AL Central, a spot they haven't finished in since 2000. -- Nick Nelson: Nick's Twins Blog
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Padres
54-68
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Last Week: 25
Aaron Harang is 4-1 in six starts since the All-Star break, but during that span he has a whopping 5.19 ERA and opponents are batting .340 against him. -- ESPN.com
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Cubs
53-68
2
Last Week: 28
After Carlos Zambrano's latest outburst, he may have finally pitched his way out of Chicago. -- Joe Aiello: View from the Bleachers
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Royals
50-71
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Last Week: 27
It's becoming old hat, but the Royals wrapped up another unsuccessful road trip, winning just one of seven. They are 19-39 on the road, but 31-32 at home. -- Craig Brown: Royals Authority
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Last Week: 26
The post-Doug Fister and post-Erik Bedard Mariners may not be able to pitch like they used to, but the team appears to have finally discovered how to hit a baseball effectively. Mike Carp, who has hit like crazy since being installed in the lineup, is working on a 14-game hitting streak -- and the obvious drawback is the impending use of piscine puns. -- Taylor Halperin: Pro Ball NW
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Orioles
46-72
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Last Week: 29
The Orioles are on a pace to lose 100 games, but the team is likely to sign first-round pick Dylan Bundy. That is good. -- Jon Shepherd: Camden Depot
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Astros
38-83
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Last Week: 30
Carlos Lee is batting .175 (7-for-40) this month, but that's OK, because what's important is having a youth movement led by a 35-year-old, lead-footed first baseman. -- Austin Swafford: Austin's Astros 290 Blog