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Mike Harrington’s MLB Power Rankings for April 13

(Through Thursday’s games. Preseason rankings in parentheses).

1. Washington Nationals. As good as advertised so far. (2)

2. Detroit Tigers. Big weekend for rookie manager Ausmus in return to San Diego, his first MLB stop. (6)

3. Milwaukee Brewers. Stunning 6-0 start on road in Boston and Philly. (17)

4. Pittsburgh Pirates. Five homers in first nine games for Alvarez. (7)

5. Los Angeles Dodgers. Early visit by Tigers might have been October preview. (3)

6. San Francisco Giants. Opening suite at AT&T with mementos from Candlestick Park. Way cool. (11)

7. Oakland Athletics. Forgot to tarp the field and got rained out. What is this, Bull Durham? (16)

8. Atlanta Braves. Upton Brothers update: Justin going Boom, B.J. still going Bust. (14)

9. Seattle Mariners. Cano has two extra-base hits in first 30 at-bats. (22)

10. St. Louis Cardinals. Tornado warnings during Sabres-Blues games were spookiest assignment backdrop I’ve ever had. (4)

11. New York Yankees. Somebody named Dean Anna homered against the Red Sox. This ain’t 1998, kids. Or 2009. (15)

12. Tampa Bay Rays. Moore could be another Tommy John casualty. (5)

13. Kansas City Royals. An 11-for-24 start for Perez, MLB’s most underrated catcher. (12)

14. Cleveland Indians. Winning streak vs. White Sox finally snapped at 14 games. (10)

15. Chicago White Sox. Power-laden start for Cuban import Abreu. (26)

16. Miami Marlins. Hope they enjoyed that 5-2 start. (29)

17. Colorado Rockies. Blackmon thriving in leadoff role. (23)

18. Baltimore Orioles. Good call by Jones to call out loonies who run on the field. (20)

19. Toronto Blue Jays. Fast start by Buehrle, middling ones by Dickey. (21)

20. New York Mets. Ike’s walkoff slam was first for Amazins since 1991. (24)

21. Los Angeles Angels. Foolish hand-first slide derails Hamilton’s strong start. (8)

22. Texas Rangers. Cotts victimized by Big Papi’s three-run homer in 8th. (13)

23. Boston Red Sox. Need to take a few more selfies after getting swept by Brewers – by Brewers? – at Fenway. (1).

24. Houston Astros. Keep forgetting they’re in the American League. (30)

25. Cincinnati Reds. Came out of the gate 2-6. (9)

26. Philadelphia Phillies. Brewers’ Braun ignored catcalls to go deep thrice and ruin home opener. (19)

27. San Diego Padres. Enberg still Scully-smooth behind the mic. (25)

28. Chicago Cubs. Rule 5 pick Rondon puts together 15 scoreless innings of relief. (27)

29. Minnesota Twins. Barely dodged the snow by a day or two for home opener. (28)

30. Arizona Diamondbacks. Will be climbing uphill for a while after disastrous 2-8 start. (18).

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