Rangers back on top

Updated: June 25, 2012, 8:21 PM ET
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The Texas Rangers, winners of eight of their past nine games, jumped three spots to take over the No. 1 position in our MLB Power Rankings for Week 13.

The New York Yankees hold on to the No. 2 spot for the second consecutive week, while the Washington Nationals remain in the No. 3 position, also for the second consecutive week.

The Los Angeles Dodgers fall three spots to No. 4, while the Cincinnati Reds (No. 5) round out the top five.

This week's voters were Jim Bowden of ESPN Insider, Tim Kurkjian of ESPN The Magazine and David Schoenfield of the SweetSpot Blog Network/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 25
RANKTEAM / RECORD TRENDINGCOMMENTS
1
Rangers
45-28
3
Last Week: 4
After an extended stretch of mediocre play, the Rangers have recovered to win 12 of their past 15 games. -- Joey Matschulat: Baseball Time in Arlington
2
Yankees
43-28
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Last Week: 2
The Yankees ended their 10-game winning streak with a three-game slide, but they rebounded with a pair of wins against the Mets (including one against R.A. Dickey) to finish the week off on a high note. -- Rob Abruzzese: Bronx Baseball Daily
3
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Last Week: 3
Gio Gonzalez has amazingly allowed only one home run all season in 14 starts, totaling 84 2/3 innings pitched. -- ESPN.com
4
Dodgers
43-30
3
Last Week: 1
The Dodgers have 11 victories in June -- and six home runs. -- Jon Weisman: Dodger Thoughts
5
Reds
39-32
1
Last Week: 6
Cincinnati's roller-coaster season continues. After winning every game last week, the Reds lost five out of six to Cleveland and Minnesota, and Aroldis Chapman is suddenly struggling in the closer's role. -- Chad Dotson: Redleg Nation
6
Angels
40-33
4
Last Week: 10
After scoring only 11 runs in their previous six games, the Angels erupted for 35 runs in six games this past week. Despite the offensive production, the Halos went 4-2 and actually lost a game on the Rangers. -- Hudson Belinsky: Halos Daily
7
Rays
40-32
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Last Week: 7
Andrew Friedman made so many moves to accommodate injuries, suspensions and doubleheaders that he mistakenly put a waiver claim in on Tropical Storm Debby. Most people around here just wonder, can she hit left-handed pitching? -- Mark Heilig: The Ray Area
8
Orioles
41-31
3
Last Week: 5
After getting swept by the Mets and winning a series against the Nationals, the Orioles find themselves only 2.5 games behind the first-place Yankees. Holes at third base, left field and starting pitcher will be difficult to fill via trade with Dylan Bundy and Manny Machado off the table. -- Nick Faleris: Camden Depot
9
Giants
40-33
1
Last Week: 8
One good month does not make a player, but Brandon Belt has been on a tear in June, batting an amazing .360 AVG/.484 OBP/.680 SLG over 64 plate appearances. -- Chris Quick: Bay City Ball
10
Red Sox
38-34
7
Last Week: 17
While Kevin Youkilis will be missed, trading him will help settle the lineup and remove a problem from a team that doesn't need any more issues. -- Evan Brunell: Fire Brand of the AL
11
Mets
39-34
2
Last Week: 13
R.A. Dickey allowed more runs (five) in the Mets' loss to the Yankees on Sunday than he had in his previous six starts combined (two runs). -- ESPN.com
12
Braves
38-34
3
Last Week: 9
The Braves won a series in convincing fashion against the Yankees, but then lost the next series to the Red Sox. However, going .500 in two road series against AL East powerhouses is a good sign. Jair Jurrjens got good results in his first start, though only five swings and misses on 103 pitches is concerning. Jason Heyward continues to sizzle and leads all NL right fielders in WAR now. -- Franklin Rabon: Capitol Avenue Club
13
2
Last Week: 11
A 3-3 week for the White Sox takes a back seat to the acquisition of Kevin Youkilis. Entering Sunday's game, they ranked last in baseball in BA, OBP, SLG, HR, RBI and XBH from their third basemen. Youkilis' career numbers at U.S. Cellular Field: .234/.341/.390 with three HRs in 91 PAs. -- Diane Firstman: Value Over Replacement Grit
14
Pirates
38-33
2
Last Week: 16
James McDonald continues to impress. He's third in the National League with a 2.19 ERA, and he has a .195 batting average against in 14 starts. -- ESPN.com
15
Indians
37-34
1
Last Week: 14
The Indians' struggles against left-handed pitching continued this past weekend against the Astros. They are just 5-14 against left-handers this season, and scored just four runs on 15 hits during the three-game weekend series. -- Stephanie Liscio: It's Pronounced "Lajaway"
16
4
Last Week: 12
Jon Jay returned from the disabled list, Carlos Beltran returned to haunt Kansas City and the Cardinals' offense returned to life this past weekend. -- Matt Philip: Fungoes
17
2
Last Week: 15
While this might sound odd, the injury-riddled Jays have to be ecstatic with a 3-3 week on the road. Player updates: Adam Lind is back from the minors, and Edwin Encarnacion and Jose Bautista each hit four HRs last week. -- Matthias Koster: Mop-Up Duty
18
Tigers
35-37
2
Last Week: 20
Quintin Berry, the slick 27-year-old outfielder who never got a chance in the major leagues before Austin Jackson injured himself last month, is now 11-for-11 in stolen base attempts and is planting himself as a regular in the 2-hole in the starting lineup thanks to a .309 AVG/.396 OBP/.423 SLG line. -- Josh Worn: Walkoff Woodward
19
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Last Week: 19
The bats came alive for 51 runs in a 5-1 week, despite Chris Young going 4-for-his-last-42. The D-backs are second in the majors with a .842 OPS at home. They've moved from 11.5 games back of the Dodgers on May 22 to now 5.5 games behind. -- Diane Firstman: Value Over Replacement Grit
20
1
Last Week: 21
Yoenis Cespedes has hit five of his seven home runs this season in Oakland, and he has a 1.084 OPS in 70 at-bats at home. -- ESPN.com
21
Marlins
34-38
3
Last Week: 18
The Marlins finished off a very disappointing week with an 9-0 win over Toronto on Sunday. They face the Cardinals and Phillies this week. -- Dave Gershman: Marlins Daily
22
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Last Week: 22
As the calendar will soon turn to July, it's not looking any better for the Phillies. The bullpen continues to be a source of much frustration, the injuries are piling up and their playoff hopes are slowly moving out of their periphery. -- Bill Baer: Crashburn Alley
23
Brewers
33-39
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Last Week: 23
Since June 12, the Brewers have outscored their opponents by seven runs over 11 games. Their record in this stretch is just 5-6. Few teams can afford to lose games when they're outplaying the competition, much less one that dug an early hole like Milwaukee. -- Jack Moore: Disciples of Uecker
24
Royals
31-39
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Last Week: 24
Mike Moustakas is batting .382 in the Royals' past eight games. During that stretch, he has three three-hit games. -- ESPN.com
25
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Last Week: 25
Hector Noesi has had a rough go of it on the road this season, as he's 0-5 with a 7.42 ERA in nine starts away from Safeco Field. -- ESPN.com
26
Astros
30-42
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Last Week: 26
Dallas Keuchel is the newest star of Houston's youth movement. In his first two major league starts, he has a 1.29 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP, and his complete game on Saturday was the first for an Astros rookie since Taylor Buchholz in May 2006. -- Austin Swafford: Austin's Astros 290 Blog
27
Twins
29-42
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Last Week: 27
Are the Twins still in it? Despite a league-worst 29-42 record, they're only 8.5 games out of first place. And this week's homestand will have them facing two teams ahead of them in the AL Central. -- Nick Nelson: Twins Daily
28
Rockies
27-44
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Last Week: 28
On Tuesday, Jim Tracy announced that the Rockies were going with a four-man rotation, but each starter would be on a strict 75-pitch limit. Since the announcement, the Rockies' starters have lasted 4.1, 3.2, 5, 6, 4.2 and 2.2 innings. The team is 2-4 since the decision, which is an improvement since they won only two in the 12 games before the announcement. -- Travis Lay: Blake Street Bulletin
29
Cubs
24-48
1
Last Week: 30
Cubs fans can enjoy a bright spot in the season this week, as top prospect Anthony Rizzo will be called up from Triple-A to play first base with the big club after torching Pacific Coast League pitching to the tune of .345 AVG/.408 OBP/.702 SLG with 23 HRs and 62 RBIs in 69 games. -- Joe Aiello: View from the Bleachers
30
Padres
26-47
1
Last Week: 29
A shutout of the Mariners on Sunday salvaged a 2-4 homestand. The Padres already had 12 different pitchers start a game this season (NL record is 20 by the 1967 Mets). Padres pitchers have also issued the most walks in the majors (278). -- Diane Firstman: Value Over Replacement Grit