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Power Rankings / Mike Harrington ranks the MLB teams from top to bottom

(Through Thursday night's games, last week in parentheses)

1 Texas Rangers. Fantasy players from coast to coast toast Hamilton's four-homer night. (7)

2 St. Louis Cardinals. No one expected Matheny to do this good a job as a rookie skipper. (5)

3 Los Angeles Dodgers. Scott Van Slyke, son of Andy, gets first career hit.(2)

4 Tampa Bay Rays. Price comes up a loser for first time against CC. (1)

5 Washington Nationals. What do they do when Strasburg hits that innings limit in August?! (3)

6 Baltimore Orioles. Rangers brought them back to Earth a little when Sox and Yanks didn't. (4)

7 Atlanta Braves. Chipper's swan song going well with 19-9 run after 0-4 start. (8)

8 Cleveland Indians. Lowe strong in Fenway return. (9)

9 New York Mets. Valdespin's homer off Papelbon might be best up-from-Buffalo moment of last four years. (14)

10 New York Yankees. Now they're like everyone else: No idea what their closer will do. (10)

11 Toronto Blue Jays. Can't any reliever save a lead? (6)

12 Miami Marlins. Season revived by 8-1 road trip. (17)

13 Cincinnati Reds. Dusty gets No. 1,500, second among active skippers behind Leyland. (13)

14 Detroit Tigers. Valverde was untouchable last year, unwatchable this year. (11)

15 San Francisco Giants. Lincecum falls to 2-3, 5.89. (19)

16 Oakland Athletics. Relieved Cespedes has no broken bone in hand. (20)

17 Chicago White Sox. Rios wins latest staredown with Tribe's Perez. (18)

18 Seattle Mariners. Jaso gets his chance in leadoff slot. (25)

19 Houston Astros. Major bullpen improvement over last year's 106-loss outfit. (22)

20 Pittsburgh Pirates. Barajas walkoff stuns Nats. (23)

21 Arizona Diamondbacks. Failed big test against Cards. (12)

22 Philadelphia Phillies. Nats GM Rizzo was right: Hamels and whole team is "fake tough." (16)

23 Colorado Rockies. McMorris, owner of original '93 expansionites, passes away at 71. (15)

24 Los Angeles Angels. Golf claps from this corner for Albert's first bomb. (29)

25 Milwaukee Brewers. Latest negative is end of Greinke's home streak. (24)

26 Chicago Cubs. LaHair taking advantage of long-awaited chance. (26)

27 Kansas City Royals. All four home wins against Yankees, Red Sox. (28)

28 Boston Red Sox. RIP Carl Beane, the great PA voice of Fenway. (21)

29 San Diego Padres. Entered weekend with MLB-low two road wins. (27)

30 Minnesota Twins. Gardenhire gets vote of confidence. Thus, end might be near. (30)