Yankees make their move up

Updated: June 18, 2012, 12:17 PM ET
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The New York Yankees, winners of nine straight games and 12 of their past 13, jumped four spots to take over the No. 2 position in our MLB Power Rankings for Week 12.

The Los Angeles Dodgers hold on to the top spot for the second consecutive week, while the Washington Nationals drop one spot to No. 3.

The Texas Rangers hold tight to the No. 4 position, and the Baltimore Orioles rise five spots to No. 5.

This week's voters were Jim Bowden of ESPN Insider, Tim Kurkjian of ESPN The Magazine, David Schoenfield of the SweetSpot Blog Network/ESPN.com 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 18
RANKTEAM / RECORD TRENDINGCOMMENTS
1
Dodgers
42-25
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Last Week: 1
Has Chris Capuano been doing it with mirrors? After striking out 12 in eight innings of one-run ball Sunday, his 2.71 ERA is best among full-time Dodgers starting pitchers, but his fielding-independent ERA is almost 4.00. -- Jon Weisman: Dodger Thoughts
2
Yankees
40-25
4
Last Week: 6
Phil Hughes has been great of late, as he's compiled a 1.69 ERA over his past three starts. -- ESPN.com
3
1
Last Week: 2
The formula for a sweep: In the series against the Yankees, the Nats gave up the most runs (16) and scored the second fewest (six) that they have in a series all season. -- Harper Gordek: Nationals Baseball
4
Rangers
40-27
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Last Week: 4
The Rangers now boast both the top K/BB starting pitcher (Colby Lewis, with 84 K/12 BB) and the top K/BB relief pitcher (Joe Nathan, with 33 K/2 BB) in baseball. -- Joey Matschulat: Baseball Time in Arlington
5
Orioles
39-27
5
Last Week: 10
After winning their past four series, the Orioles stand at 39-27. However, the Yankees have been hotter and turned a tie for first into a 1 1/2-game lead during that time frame. To keep the pressure on, the New York-bound Orioles will need solid performances this week against early NL Cy Young candidate R.A. Dickey and the rising phoenix that is Johan Santana. -- Nick Faleris: Camden Depot
6
Reds
38-27
3
Last Week: 9
The Redlegs didn't lose a single game last week, and no one will be surprised that Joey Votto is leading the charge. Votto is hitting .471 with four homers and 15 RBIs in June, with an OPS of 1.380. -- Chad Dotson: Redleg Nation
7
Rays
37-29
4
Last Week: 3
If perpetual interleague play in 2013 and beyond means the Rays get to play the Marlins more often, maybe I should reconsider my objection to it. Apparently, the Marlins are the only club the Rays can beat at the moment. -- Mark Heilig: The Ray Area
8
Giants
37-30
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Last Week: 8
Tim Lincecum is winless in his past nine starts, and in seven of those nine outings, he has allowed four or more runs. -- ESPN.com
9
Braves
35-31
4
Last Week: 5
After being swept by the Yankees and losing two of three to the Orioles, the Braves must now deal with the possible loss of their best starter thus far this season, Brandon Beachy. Jair Jurrjens, who has been failing to regularly get Triple-A hitters out, will take Beachy's next start at Fenway Park on Friday. -- Franklin Rabon: Capitol Avenue Club
10
Angels
36-31
1
Last Week: 11
The Angels scored just 11 runs last week but somehow managed to go 4-2 anyway. The offense is a real concern, but the pitching has been fantastic of late. -- Hudson Belinsky: Halos Daily
11
4
Last Week: 7
The White Sox went 1-3 in one-run games against the Cards and Dodgers as part of a 2-4 week. The Cubs, Brewers and Twins are up next. Adam Dunn took over the homer lead with his 23rd of the season Friday. He also leads in strikeouts, by 25 (104 in 229 ABs). -- Diane Firstman: Value Over Replacement Grit
12
3
Last Week: 15
The Cardinals went 3-3 against their opponents last week (White Sox and Royals) as their bullpen blew two blockbuster starts by Adam Wainwright. -- Matt Philip: Fungoes
13
Mets
35-32
1
Last Week: 12
After scoring 29 runs in a three-game sweep of the Rays, the Mets managed only five while getting swept by the Reds. For what it's worth, the Mets lead all of baseball with 142 two-out runs. -- Joe Janish: Mets Today
14
Indians
33-32
1
Last Week: 13
The Indians started off the week by getting swept by the Reds and ended it by losing a series to the Pirates. They were 1-5 for the week and were outscored 42-18. To add insult to injury, center fielder Michael Brantley's hitting streak was halted at 22 games. All in all, it was a lousy week to be a Tribe fan. -- Susan Petrone: It's Pronounced "Lajaway"
15
1
Last Week: 16
This past week, 60 percent of the Blue Jays' starting rotation landed on the DL (Kyle Drabek, Brandon Morrow and Drew Hutchinson). The injuries, along with an upcoming nine-game road trip, add up to create the Jays' toughest stretch of the 2012 season. -- Matthias Koster: Mop-Up Duty
16
Pirates
34-31
1
Last Week: 17
A.J. Burnett is unbeaten in his past eight starts (6-0) and during that span has compiled a 2.19 ERA. -- ESPN.com
17
Red Sox
33-33
1
Last Week: 18
The Red Sox have been able to hang around in the race because reinforcements have performed well while filling in for the injured. Starting in place of Josh Beckett (on the disabled list with a sore shoulder), Franklin Morales (5 IP, 9K Sunday) could be the latest example. -- Evan Brunell: Fire Brand of the AL
18
Marlins
33-33
4
Last Week: 14
The Marlins lost two of three to the Rays and have now dropped 10 of their past 12 games. -- Dave Gershman: Marlins Daily
19
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Last Week: 19
The Diamondbacks went 2-4 against the Rangers and Angels, scoring one run total in the four losses. Justin Upton went 8-for-25 during the week, but he had eight singles (to go along with 10 strikeouts). Arizona (32-34) was 36-30 at this point last year. -- Diane Firstman: Value Over Replacement Grit
20
Tigers
32-34
1
Last Week: 21
With their 5-0 shutout win Sunday, the Tigers have won three consecutive series for the first time this season. It should be no surprise, however, as June is a favorite month for many of their offensive players. -- Josh Worn: Walkoff Woodward
21
4
Last Week: 25
Winning five of six against Colorado and San Diego might have the A's petitioning to join the National League. Bartolo Colon, a steady, solid starter all year, came out of Sunday's game with an oblique injury, though. -- Jason Wojciechowski: Beaneball
22
2
Last Week: 20
Whether it's of the walk-off variety or just a straight-up beatdown, the Phillies are finding ways to lose where they once found ways to win (3-12 in their past 15). Chase Utley's return in a couple of weeks should bring a morale boost this team -- and fan base -- sorely need. Whether it affects the standings is a different issue entirely. -- Paul Boye: Crashburn Alley
23
Brewers
30-36
1
Last Week: 22
Despite giving up four home runs in his past three starts, Shaun Marcum has compiled a 2.53 ERA in that span. -- ESPN.com
24
Royals
29-35
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Last Week: 24
Royals relievers threw a total of 18 1/3 innings while taking two of three from the Cardinals. The 254 innings thrown by the bullpen are the most in the majors this season. -- Craig Brown: Royals Authority
25
2
Last Week: 23
Reliever Tom Wilhelmsen hasn't allowed a run and has given up only four hits in his past nine appearances (11 2/3 innings). -- ESPN.com
26
Astros
27-39
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Last Week: 26
Astros right-hander Fernando Rodriguez is 1-7 with a 6.23 ERA in 29 relief appearances. -- ESPN.com
27
Twins
26-39
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Last Week: 27
Blindingly hot third baseman Trevor Plouffe (hitting .389 in June with nine homers and 16 RBIs in 14 games) hasn't been enough to stop the Twins from dropping their past two home series. -- Nick Nelson: Twins Daily
28
Rockies
25-40
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Last Week: 28
After dropping back-to-back games in Detroit, the Rockies are on pace to lose 100 games this year. To make matters worse, their two best players, Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki, are now ailing. It's hard to believe, but this squad could end up with the worst record in baseball. Look out, Cubs. -- Logan Burdine: Blake Street Bulletin
29
Padres
24-43
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Last Week: 29
The Padres had their first winning week (4-2) since May 14-20. Clayton Richard doubled his season win total in one week, beating the Mariners and A's (combined 14 2/3 innings, 13 hits, one earned run, three walks, nine strikeouts). The Padres next host the Rangers for three games, then the schedule eases with three more against the Mariners. -- Diane Firstman: Value Over Replacement Grit
30
Cubs
22-44
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Last Week: 30
Ryan Dempster has tossed 22 straight scoreless innings over his past three starts. He could get traded before July 1. -- Joe Aiello: View from the Bleachers