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Rant Sports MLB Power Rankings For Week Twelve

Texas Rangers (This Week: 1, Last Week: 1) - They’ve won 9 of their last 10, and they’ve returned to their official status as the best team in baseball. Last night Roy Oswalt through a gem in his debut, and Texas couldn’t be happier with the results. The Rangers continue to dominate our MLB Power Rankings.

New York Yankees (This Week: 2, Last Week: 2) – Only the Atlanta Braves have managed to slow down the Yankees. Hiroki Kuroda has quietly gone on a nice run in June, going 2-1 with a 2.67 ERA over 4 starts.

Los Angeles Dodgers (This Week: 3, Last Week: 3) - The Dodgers have to be hoping that interleague ends soon, as they’re 5-8 against American League teams.

Washington Nationals (This Week: 4, Last Week: 4) - The move to bring Ross Detwiler to the rotation should be a big boost to the Nationals. Still, they’re going to need some offence if they plan on taking advantage of their dynamic pitching.

Baltimore Orioles (This Week: 5, Last Week: 6) - The O’s continue to show they’re not a fluke, as they take the #5 spot on our MLB Power Rankings.

Atlanta Braves (This Week: 6, Last Week: 9) - The loss of Brandon Beachy is devastating to the Braves. At least Jair Jurrjens was able to pitch well in his place, striking out 4 and walking one in 7 2/3 innings.

San Francisco Giants (This Week: 7, Last Week: 10) - We saw Johan Santana struggle after the no hitter, so it’s worth keeping an eye on Matt Cain after his perfect game. Cain struggled in his latest game, throwing 5 innings, allowing 3 runs while walking and striking out 4. The Giants are barely hanging onto a spot in our MLB Power Rankings, and they don’t stance much of a chance without Matt Cain at his best.

Tampa Bay Rays (This Week: 8, Last Week: 7) - Just as Evan Longoria was about to come back, he has a setback in his rehab and the Rays will have to wait even longer for his return. They’ve done an admirable job without him, but how much longer can they win without their MVP calibre third baseman? And it doesn’t help that they’ve now lost Matt Joyce, one of their best hitters this season to a back injury.

Los Angeles Angels (This Week: 9, Last Week: N/A) - At 20 years old Mike Trout isn’t just one of the best players on the Angels, but he’s one of the best players in the game. It’s scary to think what he’ll be capable of accomplishing when he’s in his prime. A 20 year old who can post a 942 OPS is usually destined for greatness, and it will be a pleasure to watch his career unfold.

Cleveland Indians (This Week: 10, Last Week N/A) - They somehow manage to win despite being constantly outscored by their opponents. They’re going to need Asdrubal Cabrera and Jason Kipnis to keep producing, or else they’ll quickly fall behind the Chicago White Sox.