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Mike Harrington’s MLB Power Rankings

(Through Thursday’s games. Most recent in parentheses)

1. Atlanta Braves. Pitched against Tribe like it was ’95 Series all over again. (1)

2. Texas Rangers. Incredible 44-16 record within AL West. (5)

3. Los Angeles Dodgers. Mattingly vs. Puig a developing sideshow. (2)

4. St Louis Cardinals. Wainwright bludgeoned by Reds’ six-run first. (6)

5. Boston Red Sox. Big Papi enters weekend on 0-for-22 slide. (7)

6. Detroit Tigers. Hunter’s walk-off saved four-game sweep vs. A’s. (4)

7. Pittsburgh Pirates. With Marte on DL, Mets’ Byrd a nice pickup. (3)

8. Tampa Bay Rays. Moore throws for Durham, will return to rotation this week. (8)

9. Oakland Athletics. Host Rangers in division showdown starting Monday. (10)

10. Cincinnati Reds. In ’04 tirade here, at least Phillips didn’t call me fat. (9)

11. Baltimore Orioles. Postseason teams aren’t 15-24 in one-run games. (11)

12. New York Yankees. Mariano’s Q&A with Blue Jays employees was an incredible hour. (12)

13. Cleveland Indians. D-Backs’ Kubel added in desperate bid to boost offense. (13)

14. Kansas City Royals. Sweep of Twins keys another winning streak. (15)

15. Arizona Diamondbacks. Likely locked into second in NL West and won’t get wild card. (14)

16. Washington Nationals. Won eight of 10 but it’s far too late. (16)

17. Colorado Rockies. At 38, Betancourt’s Tommy John decision indicates he wants to return. (19)

18. Philadelphia Phillies. Ryno spending the weekend at Wrigley in the other dugout. (20)

19. New York Mets. Devastating Harvey news leads into fifth straight meaningless September. (18)

20. Seattle Mariners. King Felix crowned by Rangers for nine runs. (17)

21. Toronto Blue Jays. Bison-esque lineup did the job against Yankees. (22)

22. Milwaukee Brewers. Trade to Cards thrusts ex-Griff Axford back into postseason race. (26)

23. Los Angeles Angels. Memo to everyone else: Bad things happen when you move press box to outfield. (25)

24. San Francisco Giants. Zito is 0-8, 9.61 on road. Yikes. (24)

25. San Diego Padres. Tied MLB mark by using five 3B in loss at Arizona. (21)

26. Minnesota Twins. With Mauer still out, IL MVP Colabello doesn’t return to Rochester for stretch drive. (23)

27. Chicago Cubs. At least you can eat and drink at the Cubby Bear. … (27)

28. Chicago White Sox. … Or get deep dish at Lou Malnati’s. (28)

29. Miami Marlins. In stretch of seven of 13 games vs. Braves. Yeesh. (29)

30. Houston Astros. Future watch: Six minor-league teams in playoffs. (30)

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