Giants move into top five

Updated: July 2, 2012, 12:27 PM ET
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The San Francisco Giants, winners of seven of their past 10 games, jumped four spots to take over the No. 5 position in our MLB Power Rankings for Week 14.

The Texas Rangers hold on to the No. 1 spot for the second straight week, while the New York Yankees remain in the No. 2 spot for the third consecutive week.

The Washington Nationals also remain in the No. 3 position for the third week in a row. The Los Angeles Angels, meanwhile, move up two spots to take over the No. 4 position.

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: July 2
RANKTEAM / RECORD TRENDINGCOMMENTS
1
Rangers
50-30
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Last Week: 1
Yu Darvish heads into the All-Star Final Vote balloting with a 3.59 ERA and the second-best K/9 ratio (10.3) among all American League starters ... but will it be enough to earn his first stateside All-Star selection? -- Joey Matschulat: Baseball Time in Arlington
2
Yankees
48-30
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Last Week: 2
The Yankees kept winning with a 5-2 week but suffered a couple of big blows, as they had to put CC Sabathia and Andy Pettitte on the disabled list. -- Rob Abruzzese: Bronx Baseball Daily
3
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Last Week: 3
With a series win over the Braves, the Nationals' season record against Atlanta is now 6-2. The Nats are also a combined 16-9 versus their NL East rivals this season. -- Harper Gordek: Nationals Baseball
4
Angels
44-35
2
Last Week: 6
Dan Haren continues to struggle. Although he went 3-2 in June, he allowed 22 runs in 27 2/3 innings. Batters hit .345 off him, including eight home runs. -- David Schoenfield: SweetSpot
5
Giants
45-35
4
Last Week: 9
The Giants threw four consecutive shutouts to begin the week, topped by Madison Bumgarner's one-hit shutout of the Reds, to move into first place for the first time this season. Bumgarner went 5-0 in June with a 2.42 ERA. Expect some low-scoring games as they travel to Washington and Pittsburgh this week. -- David Schoenfield: SweetSpot
6
Reds
43-35
1
Last Week: 5
Johnny Cueto (and his 2.26 ERA) was probably the most notable All-Star snub, but Reds fans can console themselves with the fact that they remain in first place. With Mat Latos (two consecutive complete-game victories) finally rounding into form, the Reds have a 1-2 punch at the top of the rotation that should give Reds fans high hopes as the second half of the season approaches. -- Chad Dotson: Redleg Nation
7
6
Last Week: 13
Adam Dunn is hitting .210 and is on pace for 258 strikeouts, but he's an All-Star for the second time in his career thanks to his 24 home runs and 58 RBIs. -- David Schoenfield: SweetSpot
8
Red Sox
42-37
2
Last Week: 10
The Red Sox fell victim to the Safeco Field hitting environs and batted just .219 and scored nine runs in a four-game series. But they managed to split the series as they held the Mariners to five runs. -- David Schoenfield: SweetSpot
9
Mets
43-37
2
Last Week: 11
Mets pitching posted a 2.79 ERA in June -- best in MLB -- as they posted a winning record (15-13) for the third straight month; the last time the club had winning records in April, May and June was in 2006. -- Joe Janish: Mets Today
10
Dodgers
44-36
6
Last Week: 4
How's it been going for the Dodgers? Their best reliever, Kenley Jansen, has had one save opportunity in 15 games since June 15. He has thrown a total of 40 pitches in the past 16 days. -- Jon Weisman: Dodger Thoughts
11
Pirates
42-36
3
Last Week: 14
Pedro Alvarez had one of his good weeks, hitting .296/.387/.593 with two home runs and nine RBIs. His OPS is a respectable .782, ninth among major league third basemen. -- David Schoenfield: SweetSpot
12
Orioles
42-36
4
Last Week: 8
Losers of 10 of their past 15 games, the O's are now six games out of first place and just two games out of last. Dan Duquette & Co. need to decide whether to try to right the ship or begin to stock up for next year. If it's the former, Jim Thome seems an odd first addition to a roster already composed of four DHs. -- Nick Faleris: Camden Depot
13
Rays
41-38
6
Last Week: 7
The Rays have lost nine of their past 12 games and are within a game of the AL East cellar. It's time to face facts. If they don't get healthy, they just aren't that good. -- Mark Heilig: The Ray Area
14
Braves
41-37
2
Last Week: 12
The Braves continue to tread water, winning a series against the Diamondbacks and then losing a series against the Nationals. Arguably, they have three of the five best outfielders in the NL but are looking to upgrade their rotation in the aftermath of losing Brandon Beachy. -- Franklin Rabon: Capitol Avenue Club
15
1
Last Week: 16
Yadier Molina ripped three home runs last week, and the Cardinals, with the National League's highest on-base percentage, avoided getting swept in a three-game series by the Pirates after winning on Sunday. -- Matt Philip: Fungoes
16
3
Last Week: 19
Trevor Bauer made his major league debut and pitched four OK innings. Aaron Hill hit for his second cycle in 12 days, joining Brooklyn's Babe Herman as the only players since 1900 with two cycles in a season. And rookie lefty Wade Miley became the team's lone All-Star rep. -- David Schoenfield: SweetSpot
17
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Last Week: 17
In spite of a patchwork rotation (and an ace who looks completely lost), the Blue Jays managed a 3-4 record this past week. Give credit to the Blue Jays' bats: In those three wins, the team averaged nine runs per game. Jose Bautista was the spark plug in June, mashing 14 HRs and posting a 1.158 OPS. -- Callum Hughson: Mop-Up Duty
18
Indians
40-38
3
Last Week: 15
The Indians finally figured out how to get around left-handed pitching, taking three of four from the Orioles with all three wins coming against southpaws. The wins made Tribe fans feel a tiny bit better about getting swept by the Yankees and losing Lonnie Chisenhall to a broken right forearm. -- Susan Petrone: It's Pronounced "Lajaway"
19
Tigers
39-40
1
Last Week: 18
Justin Verlander? How about Max Scherzer and Rick Porcello, who have dominated in six combined starts since June 17: four wins, 40 IP, 1.80 ERA, 0.925 WHIP and 35/7 K:BB ratio. -- Josh Worn: Walkoff Woodward
20
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Last Week: 20
The A's were thisclose to taking three of four from the Rangers but found creative ways to lose on Thursday and Friday. The cliché is "That's why the A's are bad and the Rangers are good," but sometimes the cliché holds truth. -- Jason Wojciechowski: Beaneball
21
Marlins
38-40
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Last Week: 21
Hanley Ramirez's first home run since June 3 during Sunday's game contributed to the Marlins finishing off a sweep of the Phillies. -- Dave Gershman: Marlins Daily
22
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Last Week: 22
At 11 games out of the division lead and 7½ out of the second wild card, the most interesting storylines left for Phillies fans right now may be Chase Utley's performance and the trade return for Cole Hamels, whose departure seems more assured than ever. The pitching staff has allowed an average of just more than five runs per game in their past 12 contests. -- Ryan Sommers: Crashburn Alley
23
Brewers
36-42
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Last Week: 23
When the Brewers swept the Dodgers at the end of May, it was easy to wonder which team it said more about: the streaking Dodgers or the slumping Brewers. Apparently, it was the Dodgers -- Milwaukee has been steadily mediocre, at 12-14 since, and the Dodgers have lost their head of steam, going 12-16 in that same span. -- Jack Moore: Disciples of Uecker
24
Royals
35-42
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Last Week: 24
For the ninth season in a row, the Royals will have just one All-Star. At least Billy Butler is a little better than luminaries like Aaron Crow, Mark Redman or Mike Sweeney. -- David Schoenfield: SweetSpot
25
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Last Week: 25
Seattle's offensive woes at home continue. They scored nine runs in seven games last week against Oakland and Boston, hitting .174 with one home run. For the season, the Mariners are hitting .197/.277/.287 at home. -- David Schoenfield: SweetSpot
26
Astros
32-47
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Last Week: 26
Astros pitchers have a 3.39 ERA the past seven games, but they've gone just 2-5 in that stretch as the hitters have put up a .189 batting average. -- Austin Swafford: Austin's Astros 290 Blog
27
Twins
33-45
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Last Week: 27
After blasting two more homers on Sunday, Trevor Plouffe is now tied for 10th in the American League with 18. That number leads all major league third basemen. He's got a legitimate case as an All-Star snub. -- Nick Nelson: Twins Daily
28
Rockies
30-48
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Last Week: 28
Four-man rotations, 75-pitch limits on starters, Todd Helton (.757 OPS) and Michael Cuddyer (.799 OPS) continuing to get starts over Dexter Fowler (.916 OPS) and Tyler Colvin (.913 OPS), Josh Outman continuing to start despite having a 9.32 ERA, and Jeremy Guthrie continuing to get innings with his 6.56 ERA. This team just isn't good and is run poorly. -- Travis Lay: Blake Street Bulletin
29
Cubs
29-49
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Last Week: 29
A pair of All-Stars for the team with the worst record in the majors. Need further proof that the All-Star Game is a joke? Look no further. -- Joe Aiello: View from the Bleachers
30
Padres
30-50
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Last Week: 30
Hey, the Padres had a 4-3 week -- highlighted by Andrew Cashner flirting with a no-hitter -- just their third winning week of the season. Kip Wells, back in the majors for the first time since 2009, made two starts, becoming the 13th different pitcher to start. Ouch. -- David Schoenfield: SweetSpot