Rangers back in top spot

Updated: May 16, 2012, 2:44 PM ET
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After falling out of the top spot last week, the Texas Rangers are back in familiar territory in the No. 1 position in our MLB Power Rankings for Week 7.

The Los Angeles Dodgers move up one spot to No. 2, while the Baltimore Orioles rise three spots to move into the No. 3 position. The Atlanta Braves, winners of four of their last five games, and St. Louis Cardinals round out the top five.

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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. 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: May 14
RANKTEAM / RECORD TRENDINGCOMMENTS
1
Rangers
23-12
1
Last Week: 2
With an almost unprecedented 18 home runs under his belt after his team's first 35 games, Josh Hamilton finds himself on pace to surpass his career high (32) during the Rangers' 65th game ... on June 15. -- Joey Matschulat: Baseball Time in Arlington
2
Dodgers
23-11
1
Last Week: 3
The Dodgers completed a 5-1 week despite getting only four hits from hamstring-plagued Matt Kemp, who after play on Sunday trailed in all three Triple Crown categories for the first time in 2012. -- Jon Weisman: Dodger Thoughts
3
Orioles
22-13
3
Last Week: 6
Wei-Yin Chen has provided much-needed stability in the rotation thus far, averaging six-plus innings per start and two or fewer runs in five of his six starts. The Birds need him to maintain his momentum in each of this week's challenging matchups against New York (CC Sabathia) and Washington (Stephen Strasburg). -- Nick Faleris: Camden Depot
4
Braves
22-13
3
Last Week: 7
A series loss to the Cubs sandwiched between road sweeps of the Rockies and Cardinals is a bit odd, but the Braves are playing excellent baseball right now. With their win Sunday, the Braves have scored the most runs in the NL. -- Franklin Rabon: Capitol Avenue Club
5
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Last Week: 5
Carlos Beltran leads the National League with 13 home runs and is tied for the league lead with 32 RBIs. -- ESPN.com
6
2
Last Week: 4
The loss of Wilson Ramos means the Nats will lose significant time from their starting catcher, right fielder (Jayson Werth), left fielder (Michael Morse) and closer (Drew Storen) this season, and May isn't halfway done yet. -- Harper Gordek: Nationals Baseball
7
Rays
21-14
6
Last Week: 1
What's left of the Rays' hobbled lineup scuffled through their first two stops of a brutal AL East road trip as they dropped two of three in New York and Baltimore. To paraphrase Buccaneers great John McKay, "We didn't pitch well, but we made up for it by playing bad defense." -- Mark Heilig: The Ray Area
8
Yankees
19-15
1
Last Week: 9
Over the last week, the Yankees got Andy Pettitte back, their rotation posted an MLB best 1.99 ERA, Robinson Cano hit .500 and Alex Rodriguez hit .333. Nice turnaround. -- Rob Abruzzese: Bronx Baseball Daily
9
1
Last Week: 8
Brandon Morrow is quickly establishing himself as a legitimate No. 2 starter. In his past four starts, Morrow is 4-0 with an 0.65 ERA. -- Callum Hughson: Mop-Up Duty
10
Mets
19-15
5
Last Week: 15
Two-out wonders: the Mets are leading the majors with a .291 batting average and 62 runs scored with two outs and runners in scoring position. They've scored a total of 75 runs with two outs, second only to the Cardinals' 76. -- Joe Janish: Mets Today
11
Indians
18-16
2
Last Week: 13
The Indians' supposed aces, Ubaldo Jimenez and Justin Masterson, gave up seven earned runs and six earned runs, respectively, against the Red Sox this past weekend. The offense scored just two runs on 10 hits combined in the final two games of the series. -- Stephanie Liscio: It's Pronounced Lajaway
12
Marlins
18-16
10
Last Week: 22
A duo of exciting finishes helped cap a series win over the Mets. Additionally, Giancarlo Stanton is starting to heat up, which is huge for the Marlins and their chances of contention this season. -- Dave Gershman: Marlins Daily
13
Tigers
17-17
3
Last Week: 10
The Tigers currently have seven starting position players with an OPS at least 50 points below their career averages (five are 100 points below). Only Austin Jackson (.907 to .736) and Andy Dirks (1.042 to .785) are outperforming their career marks. -- Josh Worn: Walkoff Woodward
14
Reds
17-16
2
Last Week: 12
In a performance for the ages, Joey Votto went 4-for-5 on Sunday with four runs scored, six RBIs, a double and three homers -- including a walk-off grand slam with two outs in the bottom of the ninth. On the season, Votto is hitting .319/.466/.593, and the National League is now on notice: The "Joey Votto for 2012 MVP" campaign is heating up. -- Chad Dotson: Redleg Nation
15
6
Last Week: 21
Josh Reddick's three homers last week pushed him into a tie for 10th in baseball and helped the A's stick around .500 for another week. Injury troubles are starting to mount in the lineup, however: Besides having Coco Crisp and Yoenis Cespedes on the DL, the A's have Kurt Suzuki, Jemile Weeks, Brandon Inge, and Kila Ka'aihue dealing with less severe maladies. -- Jason Wojciechowski: Beaneball
16
3
Last Week: 19
It was apparently a "one-day Sale" in the bullpen, as Chris Sale's tenure as the White Sox's closer was cut short by a barking elbow. The Pale Hose scratched out one run against the Royals' Luke Hochevar and Luis Mendoza in dropping the final two games of their weekend series. Regardless, they're still only 2 1/2 games out of first in the AL Central. -- Diane Firstman: Value Over Replacement Grit
17
Giants
17-17
1
Last Week: 16
The swap of Jonathan Sanchez (62 ERA+) for Melky Cabrera (155 OPS+) is looking pretty good right about now. With Pablo Sandoval out, though, the Melkman is working without a wing man. -- Rory Paap: Bay City Ball
18
7
Last Week: 11
The Diamondbacks surrendered 35 runs in an awful 1-5 homestand. Justin Upton's last 10 games: 6-for-41 (.146), 12 strikeouts, no homers and one RBI. The D-backs lead the majors in batter strikeouts (287). -- Diane Firstman: Value Over Replacement Grit
19
5
Last Week: 14
Chase Utley and Ryan Howard are still out indefinitely, and Hunter Pence would probably be better off if he hadn't shown up at all for 2012. But there is one rallying point through a month and a half of dreadful Phillies offense: Carlos Ruiz, whose 154 OPS+ would be outstanding for a corner outfielder, much less a good defensive catcher. -- Michael Baumann: Crashburn Alley
20
Astros
15-19
3
Last Week: 23
The Astros' young offense is experiencing some hiccups. Houston has dropped five of its last seven, and in that stretch, the team is batting .189 and has almost as many GIDPs (nine) as extra-base hits (10). -- Austin Swafford: Austin's Astros 290 Blog
21
Angels
15-20
3
Last Week: 18
Jered Weaver allowed nearly as many runs (eight) in his loss to the Rangers on Sunday as he had in his previous seven starts combined (nine). -- ESPN.com
22
Brewers
15-19
2
Last Week: 20
After a bad April (4.13 ERA in four starts), Shaun Marcum has pitched very well in May (1.80 ERA in three starts). -- ESPN.com
23
Red Sox
15-19
1
Last Week: 24
One of the keys to Felix Doubront's success is that he has given up only three home runs in his seven starts (38 1/3 innings pitched). -- ESPN.com
24
Pirates
16-18
1
Last Week: 25
Despite having a minus-22 run differential, the Pirates sit only four games back of the NL Central-leading Cardinals. -- ESPN.com
25
1
Last Week: 26
Ichiro has only 13 RBIs in 36 games while batting in the No. 3 spot in the Mariners' lineup. -- ESPN.com
26
Rockies
13-20
9
Last Week: 17
In the six games at Coors Field before leaving on their current road trip, the Rockies were 2-4 and were outscored 43-39. Fans screamed pitching problems. In the Rockies' six most recent games -- all away from Coors -- the team is 1-5 and has been outscored 28-18. Now the fans are screaming (again) for Jim Tracy's job. -- Travis Lay: Blake Street Bulletin
27
Cubs
14-20
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Last Week: 27
Bullpen issues continue to be the weakest link in the Cubs' chain this season and those bullpen woes have cost them a number of wins, including a thriller on Friday against the Brewers. -- Joe Aiello: View from the Bleachers
28
Royals
13-20
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Last Week: 28
The Royals are 10-6 since enduring their 12-game losing streak in mid-April. -- Craig Brown: Royals Authority
29
Padres
12-23
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Last Week: 29
Well, the Padres were consistent on offense with 3-3-2-3-2-2 runs scored in their .500 week. Slugging a majors-worst .328 as a team. -- Diane Firstman: Value Over Replacement Grit
30
Twins
10-24
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Last Week: 30
Scott Diamond has tossed 14 scoreless innings in two starts since being called up from Triple-A. His two wins tie him for the team lead -- a rare bright spot for baseball's worst club. -- Nick Nelson: Twins Daily