Tigers climb into the lead spot

Updated: April 9, 2012, 6:50 PM ET
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There sure were some thrilling finishes over the first five days of the season. And the Detroit Tigers were involved in two of them, catapulting them into the top spot in our MLB Power Rankings for Week 2.

The Tampa Bay Rays, fresh off a three-game series sweep of the New York Yankees, move into the No. 2 spot. The Arizona Diamondbacks, winners of their first three games as well, are at No. 3, while the Texas Rangers (No. 4) and Los Angeles Angels (No. 5) round out the top five.

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

2012 Power Rankings: April 9
RANKTEAM / RECORD TRENDINGCOMMENTS
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3
Last Week: 4
The Tigers started the season in dramatic fashion, as 120,525 fans witnessed two walk-off wins and one blowout victory. The team is 3-0 for merely the third time since 1985, and everyone's preseason pick of Detroit as AL Central champ is feeling pretty good right now. -- Josh Worn: Walkoff Woodward
2
Rays
3-0
3
Last Week: 5
It might be just three games, but it feels like the Rays announced their presence with authority as the team to beat in the AL East with a season-opening sweep. -- Mark Heilig: The Ray Area
3
4
Last Week: 7
The Diamondbacks are 3-0 despite shaky starting pitching versus a supposedly anemic Giants offense: 16 1/3 IP, 12 ER, 19 H, 4 HR, 6.61 ERA. -- Diane Firstman: Value Over Replacement Grit
4
2
Last Week: 2
The Rangers will usher in the Yu Darvish era with a triumphant two-of-three series win on opening weekend powered in large part by Josh Hamilton's strong 5-for-11 start at the plate. -- Joey Matschulat: Baseball Time in Arlington
5
2
Last Week: 3
The Angels' offense struggled to bunch hits together while the rotation saw hiccups from both Dan Haren and Ervin Santana. Thanks to Jered Weaver's gem in Game 1, the Angels escaped the series with a modest 1-2 record. -- Hudson Belinsky: Halos Daily
6
3
Last Week: 9
Tops in the National League last year in OBP, the Cardinals lead the league in runs scored on the strength of a .384 OBP, to say nothing of their league-best 2.91 xFIP. -- Matt Philip: Fungoes
7
5
Last Week: 12
The Blue Jays won the longest Opening Day game in history (16 innings), then followed it up with a 12-inning victory. This club has an air about it, a quiet confidence unseen in Toronto for well more than a decade. -- Matthias Koster: Mop-Up Duty
8
7
Last Week: 1
Joe Girardi is public enemy No. 1 in the Bronx after some questionable moves in all three of the Yankees' losses. The offense didn't show up when it needed to, and even CC Sabathia is showing he's not the Opening Day type (5.66 ERA in nine career Opening Day starts). Sabathia's ERA in his second starts of the season is 2.06, though. -- Rob Abruzzese: Bronx Baseball Daily
9
7
Last Week: 16
Stephen Strasburg and Jordan Zimmermann pitched outstanding for the Nationals in their first starts of the season. -- ESPN.com
10
2
Last Week: 8
In their first series of the season, the Phillies had some predictable problems with scoring, registering just six runs and dropping two of three games to the Pirates. On the bright side, they may have found a replacement for the recently traded Wilson Valdez: Freddy Galvis, who began the season 0-for-10 and grounded into two double plays. -- Ryan Sommers: Crashburn Alley
11
8
Last Week: 19
Catcher A.J. Ellis, key to elevating the Dodgers' questionable offense, has begun the year 3-for-9 with one home run and four walks in three games (1.205 OPS). -- Jon Weisman: Dodger Thoughts
12
1
Last Week: 13
Zack Greinke sure looked sharp in his first start of the season on Saturday (7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 7 K). -- ESPN.com
13
Reds
2-1
2
Last Week: 15
Excitement is running high in the Queen City. Joey Votto has been locked up to a multiyear contract. Jay Bruce is launching balls over every fence he can find. Johnny Cueto looks like a bona fide ace. And all of this is happening in front of sellout crowds. Is this 1975? -- Chad Dotson: Redleg Nation
14
3
Last Week: 11
A couple of lousy pitching performances were a prime reason for the Marlins' two losses against the Reds, but they're only four games into the season, so it isn't that big an issue. No one has gotten injured yet, so that itself is a big win. -- Dave Gershman: Marlins Daily
15
9
Last Week: 6
Josh Beckett allowed more home runs (five) in his first start of the season on Saturday than he did in all of his starts in April and May combined last season (three HRs allowed in 11 starts). -- ESPN.com
16
6
Last Week: 10
The Giants' sweep by the Diamondbacks had an unfamiliar culprit: the six home runs given up by starting pitchers. Last year, Giants starting pitchers gave up the fewest home runs in the NL -- 12 fewer than the next-closest team. -- Otis Anderson: Bay City Ball
17
Mets
3-0
10
Last Week: 27
The Mets are 3-0 and atop the NL East, while the Yankees are 0-3 and at the bottom of the AL East. Flushing fans, feel free to bask in this sunshine of success -- and let's enjoy it while we can. -- Joe Janish: Mets Today
18
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Last Week: 18
Jamie Moyer is old, we get it. This is the big leagues, and his advanced age doesn't give him a free pass to stink. In his past 14 IP (including spring training), he has allowed 29 baserunners and 11 runs (seven earned). That's 29 baserunners versus 42 outs. That's a 1.86 WHIP, 4.50 ERA and 5.52 FIP. -- Travis Lay: Blake Street Bulletin
19
6
Last Week: 25
The Mariners' offense scored 15 runs over their past two games despite getting minimal contributions from sluggers Justin Smoak (1-for-8, with a single) and Jesus Montero (2-for-8, with two singles). -- Jon Shields: Pro Ball NW
20
8
Last Week: 28
The Orioles got outstanding starts (from Jake Arrieta, Tommy Hunter and Jason Hammel) in their season-opening series sweep of the Twins. -- ESPN.com
21
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Last Week: 21
The Royals took two of three from the Angels, despite leadoff hitter Alex Gordon reaching base just once in his first 14 plate appearances and striking out six times. -- Craig Brown: Royals Authority
22
2
Last Week: 20
Brent Morel has started the year 0-for-8 with four strikeouts and has hit only one ball out of the infield. The White Sox went 2-for-19 with RISP in dropping two of three in Texas. -- Diane Firstman: Value Over Replacement Grit
23
9
Last Week: 14
This season is starting how last year ended for Atlanta, but Jason Heyward's swing looks much improved from last season. -- Ben Duronio: Capitol Avenue Club
24
1
Last Week: 23
Let's face it: Winning two of three from the Phillies over the weekend was a nice way to start the season for the Pirates. -- ESPN.com
25
8
Last Week: 17
The Indians played three games (37 innings in all) during opening weekend, setting a record for the longest Opening Day game in history in a 16-inning loss to the Blue Jays and following it up with a 12-inning loss on Satuday. Sunday's win in nine innings must have have seemed like a cakewalk. -- Susan Petrone: It's Pronounced Lajaway
26
4
Last Week: 22
With matchups against the Angels, Rangers, Yankees, Rays and Red Sox looming, the Twins could ill-afford the kind of abysmal effort they put forth in Baltimore on opening weekend. -- Nick Nelson: Twins Daily
27
2
Last Week: 29
Yoenis Cespedes hit two homers in the A's last two games, but big innings by the Mariners -- of all offenses (a four-run third on Friday and a six-run fourth on Saturday) -- helped sink a team that was hoping for more from Brandon McCarthy, Bartolo Colon and the defense. -- Jason Wojciechowski: Beaneball
28
Cubs
1-2
4
Last Week: 24
The Cubs' starting pitchers are 3-for-3 in the quality start department but came away from the weekend with just one win. Time for the bullpen and the offense to get their act together, as some tough divisional foes are on the schedule for this week. -- Joe Aiello: View from the Bleachers
29
3
Last Week: 26
Chase Headley is 1-for-13 with six strikeouts, but that one hit was a grand slam to help clinch the Padres' first win of the season, after they amassed all of 12 hits in the first three games. -- Diane Firstman: Value Over Replacement Grit
30
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Last Week: 30
The Astros won a season-opening series for the first time since 2006, thanks largely to the starting pitchers, who allowed just two earned runs in 20 1/3 innings (0.89 ERA). -- Austin Swafford: Austin's Astros 290 Blog