White Sox make huge leap up

Updated: June 4, 2012, 12:35 PM ET
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The Chicago White Sox, winners of 10 of their past 11 games, are the talk of baseball and they jumped nine spots to take over the No. 4 position in our MLB Power Rankings for Week 10.

The Texas Rangers and Los Angeles Dodgers flip-flop spots, as the Rangers rise into the top spot and the Dodgers fall to No. 2.

The Washington Nationals move up two spots to No. 3, while the Miami Marlins (No. 5) round out the top five.

This week's voters were Jim Bowden of ESPN Insider, Tim Kurkjian of ESPN The Magazine and Jayson Stark of ESPN.com. Many of the team comments come courtesy of the fan bloggers on the SweetSpot Blog Network. Meanwhile, you can rank the teams yourself.

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2012 Power Rankings: June 4
RANKTEAM / RECORD TRENDINGCOMMENTS
1
Rangers
32-22
1
Last Week: 2
Despite dropping two of their past three games in Anaheim, the Rangers amassed more baserunners than the Angels in each game and outscored the Angels by an 11-10 margin for the series. -- Joey Matschulat: Baseball Time in Arlington
2
Dodgers
33-21
1
Last Week: 1
Clinging to the best record in baseball despite losing six of their past seven games, the Dodgers begin a four-game series in Philadelphia, where they have lost 14 of their past 18 contests (including the 2008 and 2009 playoffs). -- Jon Weisman: Dodger Thoughts
3
2
Last Week: 5
The return of Mike Morse (a .910 OPS in 2011) to replace the likes of Roger Bernadina (.699 OPS), Rick Ankiel (.673 OPS) and Xavier Nady (.500 OPS) should boost an offense that's 13th in runs per game in the NL. -- Harper Gordek: Nationals Baseball
4
9
Last Week: 13
The White Sox have gone 14-2 since May 16 and now sport a majors-best 17-9 road record. Gordon Beckham is in his best hitting form with the Sox, going 21-for-68 (.309) with six homers in his past 15 games. Dayan Viciedo is even hotter, hitting .387 with nine homers and 24 RBIs in the past 19 games. -- Diane Firstman: Value Over Replacement Grit
5
Marlins
31-23
5
Last Week: 10
The Marlins took two of three games from the Phillies this past weekend and now find themselves tied for first place in the NL East. -- Dave Gershman: Marlins Daily
6
Reds
30-23
1
Last Week: 7
The Reds have taken command in the NL Central, and former Little League World Series hero Todd Frazier deserves a big share of the credit. Since taking over 3B (for the injured Scott Rolen), Frazier has put up a .931 OPS, hit a game-winning homer and even saved a man from choking. Is there anything Frazier can't do? -- Chad Dotson: Redleg Nation
7
Rays
31-23
3
Last Week: 4
The stopgap Rays bounced back from a midweek sweep by the White Sox to muster just enough offense to take sole possession of first in the AL East. Luckily, offensive reinforcements are on the way as the Rays' cornerstone players get healthy. -- Mark Heilig: The Ray Area
8
Orioles
30-24
5
Last Week: 3
The Orioles have now lost four straight series, going 3-9 over that span. Sunday's loss to the Rays granted Tampa sole possession of first place in the AL East . And believe it or not, a series loss to Boston could find the O's in the cellar of the brutal AL East. -- Nick Faleris: Camden Depot
9
Mets
31-23
5
Last Week: 14
No place like home: The Mets have gone 7-3 on their most recent homestand, having won 14 of their past 20 home games, and they're now 19-11 at home on the season. They're eight games over .500 for the first time since July 11, 2010. -- Joe Janish: Mets Today
10
Yankees
29-24
1
Last Week: 9
The Angels and Tigers might be underachieving this year, but there is still no shame going 3-3 against them. The Yankees' bats are struggling mightily with runners in scoring position, but the rotation is showing signs of life. -- Rob Abruzzese: Bronx Baseball Daily
11
Giants
30-24
5
Last Week: 16
The Giants finished the week with a 6-1 record and, in the process, picked up 4.5 games on the National League West leading Dodgers. Not bad for a team that's still missing its best hitter in Pablo Sandoval. -- Chris Quick: Bay City Ball
12
Red Sox
28-26
5
Last Week: 17
A 16-7 run since May 11 leaves the Red Sox surging despite myriad injuries. Dustin Pedroia should return Tuesday, and further reinforcements are not far behind. -- Evan Brunell: Fire Brand of the AL
13
Indians
28-25
7
Last Week: 6
A flurry of injuries and subsequent roster juggling weakened the Indians offensively and defensively. The Tribe lost a series against the Royals and a series against the Twins despite some nice hitting from Jason Kipnis and call-up Lonnie Chisenhall. -- Susan Petrone: It's Pronounced "Lajaway"
14
Angels
28-27
5
Last Week: 19
Torii Hunter is 1-for-15 in five games since returning from a personal two-week break from the team. -- ESPN.com
15
Braves
29-25
4
Last Week: 11
Since ending their eight-game losing streak, the Braves have won three of four games from the Nationals and Cardinals. They are getting much better pitching but will need that to continue during their trip to Miami and subsequent tour of the AL East if they are to climb back atop the NL East standings. -- Franklin Rabon: Capitol Avenue Club
16
1
Last Week: 15
With the news that Roy Halladay will be out six to eight weeks, the Phillies will need to rely on their hodge-podge roster to hold steady through July. Otherwise, the Phillies may be sellers at the deadline for the first time since 2006. -- Bill Baer: Crashburn Alley
17
9
Last Week: 8
The Mets shut down the NL's best offense (by wOBA -- weighted on base average), outscoring the Cardinals 19-1 in the first three games of their series. This dropped the defending champs to .500 on the season. -- Matt Philip: Fungoes
18
6
Last Week: 12
Brett Lawrie escaped death, Edwin Encarnacion remains day-to-day with a bruised hand and Adam Lind was dropped from the 40-man roster. An interesting week to say the least, including a three-game sweep of Baltimore and a 1-2 series against Boston. -- Matthias Koster: Mop-Up Duty
19
Pirates
27-26
3
Last Week: 22
The Pirates won four of six games from the Reds and Brewers last week, and they now sit just three games behind the front-running Reds in the NL Central. -- ESPN.com
20
Tigers
25-29
2
Last Week: 18
In games in which the Tigers have scored five runs or more, they are 15-3, scoring 134 times. In games in which they've scored four runs or less, they are 10-26, having scored 99 times. -- Josh Worn: Walkoff Woodward
21
Brewers
24-30
4
Last Week: 25
Randy Wolf has a woeful 6.75 ERA over his past four starts, and during that span he has allowed 27 hits in 22 2/3 innings pitched. -- ESPN.com
22
1
Last Week: 23
Tallied 11 runs in the first five games of the week, before scoring six on Sunday. Still, the Diamondbacks managed to go 3-3 in six games on the road. -- Diane Firstman: Value Over Replacement Grit
23
Rockies
23-30
4
Last Week: 27
The Rockies have won six out of their past seven games, thanks almost entirely to their offense. As a team, they have posted a ridiculous slash line of .324/.385/.617 over the past seven days. Don't look now, but the Blake Street Bombers have quietly gained some ground on the Dodgers. -- Logan Burdine: Blake Street Bulletin
24
Royals
23-29
2
Last Week: 26
With the offensively challenged Twins and Pirates up this week, Royals starters have a chance to last longer than five innings. It would be welcomed rest for a relief corps that has thrown the most innings of any bullpen in the majors. -- Craig Brown: Royals Authority
25
1
Last Week: 24
Kevin Millwood has pitched far better on the road (2.44 ERA and a .215 batting average against) than he has at home (7.08 ERA and a .326 batting average against). -- ESPN.com
26
Astros
23-31
6
Last Week: 20
Since releasing the video touting their bullpen dominance, the Astros have lost eight of their past nine games, with "The Regulators" posting a 5.40 ERA and being credited with four losses. -- Austin Swafford: Austin's Astros 290 Blog
27
6
Last Week: 21
The A's were swept by the Twins and lost two of three games to the Royals, but they got Yoenis Cespedes back from a hand injury. He played left field instead of center in two of his three games, though, which could really hurt his overall value to the team. -- Jason Wojciechowski: Beaneball
28
Twins
20-33
1
Last Week: 29
Rookie Scott Diamond is an impressive 4-1 with a 1.86 ERA in six starts since being recalled from Triple-A Rochester in early May. -- ESPN.com
29
Cubs
18-35
1
Last Week: 30
The Cubs have scored a total of nine runs in their past 81 innings of play. The Cubs may be sellers heading into the trade deadline, but are there really buyers for what they have to sell? -- Joe Aiello: View from the Bleachers
30
Padres
18-37
2
Last Week: 28
Getting swept by the Cubs, who were on a 12-game losing streak, was just the appetizer on a 1-5 week. The Padres are 2-11 in their past 13 games, and after hosting the Giants for three games, they'll play nine on the road, where they are 5-19 on the year. -- Diane Firstman: Value Over Replacement Grit