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Mike Harrington's MLB Power Rankings

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

1. Los Angeles Dodgers.  Rich Hill, meet Harvey Haddix. No reward for pitching a gem. (1)

2. Washington Nationals. Strasburg broke off some ridiculous curveballs during six shutout innings in Houston. (3)

3. Houston Astros.  They got out of town before Harvey rolled in. (2)

4. Boston Red Sox. Sale's ERAs -- In two starts vs. Indians: 14.63. In 24 starts vs. rest of MLB: 2.27. Next up: Tuesday in Toronto. (4)

5. Cleveland Indians. Relieved Miller's knee troubles won't keep him from stretch drive or postseason. (5)

6. Arizona Diamondbacks.  Nice reunion at Citi Field between Lovullo and Bisons superfan Mark Aichinger. (7).

7. Colorado Rockies. After going 34 of 35 in save chances, Holland blows three of next four. (6)

8. Chicago Cubs.  Went on 26-12 run coming out of All-Star break to seize NL Central. (9)

9. New York Yankees.  Biggest brawl fallout: How players around MLB will view Sanchez's suckerpunch act. (8)

10. Milwaukee Brewers. Have seven games left with Cubs in September. (15)

11. Minnesota Twins. Sano still struggling on DL with shin problem. (11)

12. Kansas City Royals. Dramatic walkoff homer by Hosmer completes climb past Rockies. (12)

13. St. Louis Cardinals.  Huge loss as Rosenthal heads for Tommy John table. (10)

14. Seattle Mariners.  Ex-Bison Albers wins first two starts, will face Tanaka Sunday in the Bronx. (13)

15. Los Angeles Angels. Lost three of four to Rangers, going 0 for 11 in RISP at-bats in finale. (14)

16. Texas Rangers. Entered weekend on 8-3 run with six more coming on the road.  (16)

17. Baltimore Orioles. Still hard to believe teams give Machado good pitches to hit in key spots. (17)

18. Miami Marlins. Stanton on road to 60, then we see what Jeter & Co. do with him. (20)

19. Tampa Bay Rays. Manfred in the house to see "crowd" of 8,200 for visit by Jays. Move them to Montreal. (18)

2o. Pittsburgh Pirates. Harrison's historic homer humbles Hill. (21)

21. Toronto Blue Jays.  A 1-5 road trip yet again shows them to be pretenders. (19)

22. Atlanta Braves.  Still can't believe some of the six finalist names for Triple-A Gwinnett in '18: Sweet Teas? Lambchops? Hush Puppies? Really? (22)

23. San Diego Padres.  Green gets contract extension through 2021. Might help if he wins something at some point. (23)

24. Detroit Tigers.  Richly-deserved seven games for Miggy in wake of brawl with Yankees. (24)

25. New York Mets. Conforto's ugly shoulder injury while swinging and missing is a symbol for a lost season. (25)

26. Oakland Athletics.  No more Moneyball magic: Headed for third straight last-place season. (26)

27. Cincinnati Reds. Had 7.77 ERA vs. Cubs this season until 4-2 win Thursday. (27)

28. San Francisco Giants.  Panda back in his comfortable lair. (28)

29. Chicago White Sox. On pace to lose 98, but on fast prospect track to improve in '18.  (29)

30. Philadelphia Phillies. Hoskins arrives from Lehigh Valley, becomes third player in history with eight homers in first 15 MLB games. (30)

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