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Mike Harrington’s MLB Power Rankings (Aug. 21)

(Through Friday night’s games, last week in parenthesis)

1. Chicago Cubs. Fans buzz at Wrigley radar board during each Chapman outing. (1).

2. Texas Rangers. Charging to best record in the AL. (3)

3. Washington Nationals. After nine runs in 1∏ at Coors, Strasburg is 2-4, 7.63 in last six starts. (2)

4. Cleveland Indians. Naquin’s walkoff inside-the-parker vs. Jays was team’s first since 1916. (4)

5. Toronto Blue Jays. Offense continues to deal with strikeout and injury issues. (6)

6. Boston Red Sox. Win a ton of blowouts, lose too many tight ones. (9)

7. San Francisco Giants. In slugfest vs. Mets, Bumgarner becomes first MLB pitcher to allow grand slam and homer in same inning since 1957.

8. Los Angeles Dodgers. Puig’s demotion was addition by subtraction. (7)

9. Baltimore Orioles. Frontier High/Canisius College pitcher Garrett Cortright promoted to Triple-A Norfolk. (8)

10. Seattle Mariners. Soared past Astros into thick of wild-card race. (10)

11. St. Louis Cardinals. Holliday might miss rest of the season with broken thumb. (13).

12. Detroit Tigers. Suddenly slipped out of Central contention after losing nine of 12 games. (11)

13. Pittsburgh Pirates. Key seven-game roadie to Milwaukee and Chicago opens Thursday. (15)

14. Miami Marlins. No Giancarlo, no hope to sneak into playoffs? (12)

15. New York Yankees. You could say a “New Era Field” has opened for business in the Bronx, too. (16)

16. Kansas City Royals. Here they come: Won nine of 10, including 2:15 a.m. special vs. Twins after long rain delay. (18)

17. Houston Astros. Altuve gets to 1,000 hits faster than any player in franchise history. (14).

18. New York Mets. Holding hope that return of Cespedes can spark a playoff push. (17)

19. Colorado Rockies. Overcame Cubs in 11th on Raburn’s “Little League homer.” (19)

20. Chicago White Sox. Eaton stuns Tribe’s Allen with ninth-inning grand slam. (20)

21. Philadelphia Phillies. Fans lauded Utley’s return with Dodgers, roared for his home runs. (21)

22. Oakland Athletics. Two-hitter vs. White Sox is first MLB shutout for ex-Bison Graveman. (23)

23. Cincinnati Reds. Reeled in Marlins with three straight wins vs. wild-card hopefuls. (28)

24. Milwaukee Brewers. Four straight losses at Wrigley is what you’d expect. (22)

25. San Diego Padres. Two homers, including a walk-off to beat Arizona, in latest big night for ex-Bison Schimpf. (25)

26. Arizona Diamondbacks. May have ruined Mets’ playoff hopes with 5-1 mark in two August series vs. Amazins. (26)

27. Tampa Bay Rays. Trop was mostly empty for visit by Padres. (27)

28. Los Angeles Angels. Went 0-9 on a road trip for first time since 1969. (24)

29. Minnesota Twins. Signed new two-year deal with Rochester through 2018. (29)

30. Atlanta Braves. Former No. 1 overall pick Swanson gets the call from Double-A. (30).

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