Dodgers return to No. 1 spot

Updated: June 11, 2012, 4:29 PM ET
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For the third time in the past four weeks, the Los Angeles Dodgers are at the top of the MLB Power Rankings.

The Dodgers, who still own MLB's best record, held off the Washington Nationals, who moved from No. 3 to No. 2. Last week's No. 1 team, the Texas Rangers, dropped to No. 4 this week, while the Tampa Bay Rays climbed four spots to No. 3.

The Atlanta Braves made the largest jump of the week, moving 10 spots from No. 15 to No. 5. They've won eight of their past 10 games and sit only two games behind the Nationals. Meanwhile, within the same division, the Miami Marlins are headed in the opposite direction. Losers of six in a row, the Marlins fell nine spots from No. 5 to No. 14.

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 11
RANKTEAM / RECORD TRENDINGCOMMENTS
1
Dodgers
39-22
1
Last Week: 2
After getting unexpectedly strong contributions from Jamey Carroll in 2010-11, the Dodgers are now riding 36-year-old Jerry Hairston Jr., whose career high in OPS is .871 with the Reds in 2008 but now has a .938 OPS with the Dodgers in 120 plate appearances this season. -- Jon Weisman: Dodger Thoughts
2
1
Last Week: 3
The Nationals, with an MLB-best 2.98 ERA, held the Red Sox to a .208 batting average during a three-game sweep at Fenway Park over the weekend. -- ESPN.com
3
Rays
35-25
4
Last Week: 7
The Rays' bats finally returned, outscoring Miami 25-8 in a weekend sweep. That was the biggest sporting event in Miami this week. Right? -- Mark Heilig: The Ray Area
4
Rangers
35-26
3
Last Week: 1
Matt Harrison has been sensational in his past four starts, posting a 1.76 ERA and delivering a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 18-to-5 with just one homer allowed in his past 30 2/3 IP. -- Joey Matschulat: Baseball Time in Arlington
5
Braves
34-26
10
Last Week: 15
After sweeping the Marlins in Miami and taking two of three against the Blue Jays, the Braves are set to face the Yankees. They've received great pitching and are set to get a big boost to the lineup as Chipper Jones returns from injury this week. When healthy, he's arguably been the team's best hitter. -- Franklin Rabon: Capitol Avenue Club
6
Yankees
34-25
4
Last Week: 10
The Yankees have won eight of their past 10 and are finally gaining some consistency, but they got bad news Sunday when Brett Gardner suffered a setback with his injured elbow. -- Rob Abruzzese: Bronx Baseball Daily
7
3
Last Week: 4
Chris Sale continues to roll. In his past five starts, he's 5-0 with an 0.98 ERA, allowing only 19 hits in 36 2/3 innings while striking out 43 hitters. Defense behind Sale and the rest of the staff has been stellar, tied for a majors-best .719 defensive efficiency rating. -- Diane Firstman: Value Over Replacement Grit
8
Giants
34-27
3
Last Week: 11
Pablo Sandoval rejoined the Giants from the DL on Saturday. While the offense managed a respectable 4.15 runs per game in his absence, it did so largely without the long ball. In the 34-game Panda-free stretch, the Giants hit only 14 home runs. -- Otis Anderson: Bay City Ball
9
Reds
32-27
3
Last Week: 6
The Reds have allowed the Pirates to catch them atop the NL Central standings, but don't blame Joey Votto. Before Sunday, the perennial MVP candidate had hit in 15 straight games (29-for-53, .547/.597/.887, 9 doubles, 3 homers). Yes, he's good. -- Chad Dotson: Redleg Nation
10
Orioles
34-26
2
Last Week: 8
The O's picked up two series wins against surprising basement dwellers Boston and Philly, but they now have a negative in run differential (minus-4) for the first time since April. Next up: a tour through the National League East. -- Nick Faleris: Camden Depot
11
Angels
32-29
3
Last Week: 14
The Angels went 4-2 this week to lock up their third consecutive winning week. Torii Hunter (11-for-19, 3 HRs) is heating up with the rest of Angels' lineup and helping this team dig its way out of its early-season hole. -- Hudson Belinsky: Halos Daily
12
Mets
32-29
3
Last Week: 9
Scott Hairston is 12-for-28 (.428) with 5 HRs, 10 RBIs and 9 runs scored in his past 11 games dating back to May 26. However, the Mets won only four of those contests and have lost six of the past seven. -- Joe Janish: Mets Today
13
Indians
32-27
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Last Week: 13
The Indians were shut out for the first time this season on Saturday but went 4-2 against the Tigers and Cardinals this week. Center fielder Michael Brantley has an 18-game hitting streak. -- Stephanie Liscio: It's Pronounced "Lajaway"
14
Marlins
31-29
9
Last Week: 5
The Marlins have lost six straight games and now sit a half-game behind the Mets in fourth place. -- Dave Gershman: Marlins Daily
15
2
Last Week: 17
Jaime Garcia and Skip Schumaker trade places with Allen Craig on the DL, and the Cardinals battle to stay above .500 despite their 36-25 Pythagorean record, tied with the Dodgers for best in the NL. -- Matt Philip: Fungoes
16
2
Last Week: 18
Does Colby Rasmus have his groove back? In his past 18 games, Rasmus is hitting .307 with an OPS of .931. -- Callum Hughson: Mop-Up Duty
17
Pirates
32-27
2
Last Week: 19
Tied for first place in the NL Central, the Pirates have the best record in baseball since May 25 at 12-3. -- ESPN.com
18
Red Sox
29-31
6
Last Week: 12
The suddenly skidding Sox (1-6 in their past seven) are two games under .500 after a Nationals sweep, the Sox's first interleague home sweep since 2002. They still have 12 more games of tough interleague play to go. -- Evan Brunell: Fire Brand of the AL
19
3
Last Week: 22
A 7-2 stretch against the lackluster Athletics, Rockies and Padres puts Arizona back at .500 (30-30) for the first time since May 5. This week's ledger is a bit tougher, with road games against the Rangers and Angels. -- Diane Firstman: Value Over Replacement Grit
20
4
Last Week: 16
Cliff Lee took a loss and a no-decision this week, which means that despite a 3.18 ERA and a K/BB ratio of 5.7, he's yet to pick up his first win of 2012. There might not be a better symbol of bad luck and frustration for a team that's lost eight of nine and is putting players on the DL faster than replacements can be called up. -- Bill Baer: Crashburn Alley
21
Tigers
28-32
1
Last Week: 20
Want to add another reason the Detroit Tigers have struggled in 2012? After Sunday night's game, 40 of their 60 home runs (67 percent) this season have been solo shots. To top it off, 14 of the past 15 home runs were also of the solo variety. -- Josh Worn: Walkoff Woodward
22
Brewers
28-32
1
Last Week: 21
The Brewers are 9-4 in their past 13 but will need to continue to make a statement with upcoming series against Kansas City and Minnesota. With 31 of their final 101 games coming against Houston, Pittsburgh and the Cubs, the Brewers will have ample opportunity to make up games on the rest of the division. -- Jack Moore: Disciples of Uecker
23
2
Last Week: 25
Although six pitchers combined for a historic no-hitter against the Dodgers on Friday, the Mariners allowed 25 hits over the next two games to drop two out of three. -- ESPN.com
24
Royals
24-34
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Last Week: 24
The Royals have stumbled so far in June, scoring just 24 runs in their past nine games. -- Craig Brown: Royals Authority
25
2
Last Week: 27
The A's rode into Arizona on a high, having taken three of four from the Rangers. They left with their tails tucked after being swept, but Sean Doolittle is a bright spot. The new call-up and ex-first baseman struck out nine in his first four big league innings. -- Jason Wojciechowski: Beaneball
26
Astros
26-34
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Last Week: 26
The Astros haven't lost anything at first base with Carlos Lee on the DL thanks to Brett Wallace's great production. He's hit in all seven games since being called up and has a 1.260 OPS. -- Austin Swafford: Austin's Astros 290 Blog
27
Twins
24-35
1
Last Week: 28
Since Justin Morneau came off the DL on May 15 after resting a sore wrist, he's hit six homers with 23 RBIs in 23 games, and the Twins have gone 14-9. -- Nick Nelson: Twins Daily
28
Rockies
24-35
5
Last Week: 23
As the calendar turned to June, the Rockies were in the midst of a five-game winning streak, scoring at least seven runs in each game. On Saturday, though, they hit five home runs and still lost. The starting pitching might be the worst in franchise history. -- Travis Lay: Blake Street Bulletin
29
Padres
20-41
1
Last Week: 30
The Padres scored at least five runs in five of their six games this week but also allowed five or more runs in five games, leading to a 2-4 record. Six road games this week, where the Padres have an MLB-worst 5.30 ERA and a 6-21 record. -- Diane Firstman: Value Over Replacement Grit
30
Cubs
20-40
1
Last Week: 29
Despite a win Sunday, the Cubs are on pace for the worst season in franchise history. -- Joe Aiello: View from the Bleachers