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Mike Harrington's MLB Power Rankings

Through Thursday's games. Last week's rankings in parenthesis.

1. Houston Astros. Always playing from in front: Have held a lead in 74 of first 86 games. (1)

2. Los Angeles Dodgers. Entered weekend with MLB-best run differential at plus-156. (2)

3. Arizona Diamondbacks. Crushing sweep in LA as Rodney is torched for four-run ninth in finale. (3)

4. Washington Nationals. Not rewarded for waiting out three-hour rain delay in quiet loss to Braves. (4)

5. Boston Red Sox. Turned around standings 7 1/2 games on Yankees in less than a month. (5)

6. Colorado Rockies. Offense has gone dormant during 3-12 slide. (6)

7. Milwaukee Brewers. Rout at Wrigley makes it official: They're the NL Central favorite. (9)

8. Cleveland Indians. Have 21-8 record when Kluber or Carrasco start. Anyone else? It's 24-31. (8)

9. New York Yankees. Erratic Betances needs trip to either MRI tube or sports psychologist's couch. (7)

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10. Kansas City Royals. Looking to buy, now that they're in AL wild card slot. (14)

11. Minnesota Twins. Can't survive if they continue to lead MLB in home losses. (11)

12. Tampa Bay Rays. Second to Astros in home runs in AL. (10)

13. Los Angeles Angels. Trout starts Class A rehab to prepare for post All-Star return. (13)

14. Chicago Cubs. First defending World Series champion with no All-Stars from previous season. (12)

15. Atlanta Braves. Freeman makes the shift to third base. (19)

16. Texas Rangers. Cashner's 5 2/3 no-hit innings snap Red Sox winning streak. (17)

17. St. Louis Cardinals. Tons of chatter they could be landing spot for Jays' Donaldson at deadline. (18)

18. Seattle Mariners. Cruz ends 23-game homer drought, his longest since 2007. (15)

19. Toronto Blue Jays. Closing in on reality that they need to be sellers. (20)

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20. Baltimore Orioles. Britton makes return after missing 56 games. (16)

21. New York Mets. Leaky defense has hurt almost as much as injuries. (21)

22. Pittsburgh Pirates. Postseason window lasted three years, and selloff is at hand. (22)

23. Miami Marlins. Ichiro sets MLB record for foreign-born players with 3,054th career hit. (23)

24. Detroit Tigers. Ex-Bisons starter Norris heads to DL with groin strain. (25)

25. Chicago White Sox. Open next homestand with "'90s Night". Was it really that long ago? (24)

26. Oakland Athletics. Gray rates as one of top starters on trade market. (26)

27. Cincinnati Reds. Duvall is third on the club to 20 homers. (27)

28. San Diego Padres. Won three straight vs. Dodgers, Indians. (28)

29. San Francisco Giants. Dropped two of three in Detroit, where they won two straight to wrap up '12 World Series sweep. (29)

30. Philadelphia Phillies. With .313 average, Nava would be a good pickup at deadline for a contender. (30)

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