Toronto takes leap in rankings

Updated: June 24, 2013, 12:16 PM ET
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On the strength of an 11-game winning streak the Toronto Blue Jays make a major leap in Week 13 of our Power Rankings, from No. 21 all the way up to 12.

The St. Louis Cardinals and Boston Red Sox held on to the top two spots while the Detroit Tigers jumped up to No. 3. The Cincinnati Reds and Atlanta Braves 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/ESPN.com and Jayson Stark of ESPN.com. Most of the team comments come courtesy of the fan bloggers on the SweetSpot Blog Network. Meanwhile, which teams should be among baseball's top five? Go ahead and rank the teams yourself.

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2013 Power Rankings: June 24
RANKTEAM / RECORD TRENDINGCOMMENTS
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Last Week: 1
Cardinals take three of four from Cubs, but Rangers bring the brooms to Busch; despite tying their longest losing streak of the year, St. Louis stays atop Central. -- Matthew Philip, Fungoes
2
Red Sox
45-33
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Last Week: 2
With five homers and a .351 average in June, Mike Carp is a big reason the Red Sox are holding onto first in the AL East. -- ESPN.com
3
Tigers
42-32
3
Last Week: 6
The Tigers have the largest division lead (four games) and best run differential (+82) of any AL team. -- ESPN.com
4
Reds
45-32
1
Last Week: 3
Jay Bruce continues to mash the baseball. In June, he is hitting .311 with 10 homers and an OPS of 1.055. For the year, Bruce has 18 homers and stands second in the NL with 24 doubles. -- Chad Dotson, Redleg Nation
5
Braves
44-33
1
Last Week: 4
Justin Upton continues to struggle, hitting .186 with one home run over his past 31 games. -- David Schoenfied, ESPN.com
6
1
Last Week: 5
After sweeping the Yankees, the A's have lost seven of 10, losing two series to Seattle and one to Texas. -- ESPN.com
7
Pirates
46-30
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Last Week: 7
The Bucs split four in Cincy before going out to Anaheim and sweeping the Angels, capped by a wild 10-9 10-inning decision Sunday. They now hold the first wild-card slot. Pedro Alvarez is hitting .316 with nine homers in June. -- Diane Firstman, Vale Over Replacement Grit
8
Orioles
42-34
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Last Week: 8
The Orioles were on the verge of claiming the AL East, but have company after being swept by the Blue Jays juggernaut. -- Jon Shepherd, Camden Depot
9
Rangers
44-32
1
Last Week: 10
The back of the Rangers bullpen continues to be the key to their season as they have lost just one game they've led heading into the eighth inning. -- David Schoenfied, ESPN.com
10
1
Last Week: 9
Good news: Aaron Hill, out since April 9 with a broken hand, is set to return Tuesday. Bad news: Heath Bell, despite serving up home runs in FIVE straight outings, remains the closer. -- David Schoenfied, ESPN.com
11
Yankees
41-34
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Last Week: 11
After going 17-10 through May 1, the Yankees have gone just 24-24 since despite the third-best ERA in the AL (3.67). -- David Schoenfied, ESPN.com
12
9
Last Week: 21
Winners of 11 in a row, the Jays continue to receive contributions from nearly every member of the 25-man roster. Bonus: Jose Reyes is expected back mid-week. -- Matthew Koster, Mop-up Duty
13
Giants
38-37
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Last Week: 13
After losing to the Marlins on Sunday, Matt Cain now has a 4.54 ERA. His ERA hasn't been worse than 3.15 since 2008. --ESPN.com
14
Rays
39-37
2
Last Week: 12
Phenom Wil Myers makes his Tropicana Field debut Monday, riding a six-game hit streak that includes his first career home run: a grand slam off CC Sabathia. -- Tommy Rancel, The Process Report
15
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Last Week: 15
Dan Haren is off to the DL after the Nats lost eight consecutive games he had started. While it may seem like bad luck, the $13 million man is getting far fewer ground balls than at any other part of his career. Early leader for bust of the year. -- Harper Gordek, Nats Baseball
16
Indians
38-36
2
Last Week: 18
The Indians took two out of three from Washington, Kansas City and Minnesota, led by two strong outings for Corey Kluber and timely hitting by Carlos Santana, Michael Brantley and Jason Kipnis. -- Susan Petrone, It's Pronounced Lajaway
17
Padres
38-38
1
Last Week: 16
With shortstop Everth Cabrera on the DL with an injured hamstring, potentially hurting his All-Star Game chances, who is the Padres' likely rep? Jason Marquis is 9-2 but doesn't really deserve it (48 BB, 58 SO), so what about rookie second baseman Jedd Gyorko (.284/.341/.461)? -- David Schoenfied, ESPN.com
18
Rockies
39-38
4
Last Week: 14
The Rockies' first trip of the season without Tulo did not go very well. However, they were able to prevent it from being a complete disaster by taking the last two games from the Nationals thanks to Michael Cuddyer's red-hot bat. -- Logan Burdine, Blake Street Bulletin
19
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Last Week: 19
Only the Marlins (-90) and Astros (-96) have a worse run differential than Phillies (-58). -- ESPN.com
20
Royals
35-38
3
Last Week: 17
The offense fell silent again, tallying 11 runs in five games before rallying twice against the ChiSox for a 7-6 win on Sunday. K.C. is last in the AL in slugging and next to last in OPS and walks. They've hit a league-low 40 homers, an amazing 28 behind the next-worst Twins. -- Diane Firstman, Vale Over Replacement Grit
21
Angels
33-43
1
Last Week: 22
After being swept by the Pirates this weekend, the Angels are in the midst of their eighth losing streak of three or more games. They might find themselves as sellers entering trade season. -- Hudson Belinsky, Halos Daily
22
Twins
34-38
2
Last Week: 24
Rookie Oswaldo Arcia is already dazzling with his powerful bat, and Twins fans will get another glimpse of the future when Kyle Gibson makes his long-awaited major league debut Saturday. -- Nick Nelson, Twins Daily 
23
Dodgers
32-42
3
Last Week: 20
This week in Puigmania: Finally drew his first two unintentional walks Saturday. Still, he's hitting .425 and has a hit in 16 of his 19 games. Put him in the Home Run Derby! -- David Schoenfied, ESPN.com
24
Cubs
31-43
1
Last Week: 25
June 23, 1984 has become known to Cub fans as "The Sandberg Game" for his outstanding performance. June 23, 2013 will now be known as "The Sweeney Game" after Ryan's six-RBI performance to help the Cubs grab a series win against the Astros. -- Joe Aiello, A View From The Bleachers
25
2
Last Week: 23
Raul Ibanez, 41, hit two home runs Sunday, giving him 17, which ranks sixth in the AL. The only time he finished in the top 10 in homers was in 2009 with the Phillies, when he finished ninth in the NL with 34. -- David Schoenfied, ESPN.com
26
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Last Week: 26
Over the past calendar year Paul Konerko is hitting .257 with 20 home runs and a .724 OPS. Even if he agrees to a trade, it's unlikely the White Sox would get much in return. -- David Schoenfied, ESPN.com
27
Brewers
31-43
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Last Week: 27
After a disappointing start to the season, the Brewers are poised to be sellers at the trade deadline. One of their main trade chips, Yovani Gallardo, has now thrown 21 consecutive innings without surrendering an earned run. -- J.P. Breen, Disciples Of Uecker
28
Mets
30-42
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Last Week: 28
The bullpen -- 27th in MLB in ERA -- is suddenly a strength, as Mets relievers have allowed only two earned runs in their past 27 innings pitched. -- Joe Janish, MetsToday.com
29
Astros
29-48
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Last Week: 29
With Jason Castro (.275, 10 HR) making an All-Star bid and backup Carlos Corporan (.290, 5 HR) also hitting well, Astros catchers rank fourth in the majors in OPS, behind only the Indians, Twins and Cardinals. -- David Schoenfied, ESPN.com
30
Marlins
25-50
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Last Week: 30
Make it nine wins in the past 15 games for Miami. They won their first road series of the year by taking three of four versus the Giants. Their .333 winning percentage is the high-water mark on the season. -- Diane Firstman, Vale Over Replacement Grit

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