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Mike Harrington's MLB Power Rankings

Through Friday's games. Most recent rankings in parentheses.

1. Los Angeles Dodgers. Burned Blue Jays for walkoff wins 11 and 12 of season. (1)

2. New York Yankees.  At 355 games, Sanchez is second-fastest to 100 HRs in MLB history (Ryan Howard, 325 games). (2)

3. Houston Astros. Created PR fiasco MLB must respond to by banning Detroit reporter from interviewing Verlander. (3)

4. Minnesota Twins. Endured huge push in Central from Tribe and regained 2 1/2-game lead. (4)

5. Atlanta Braves.  Hamilton's first hit with new club is RBI single to break up marathon with Mets. (6)

6. Tampa Bay Rays.  Lowe likely done for season after quad strain in rehab game at Durham. (7)

7. Oakland Athletics. Sent quite a message for October with three-game sweep of Yanks. (8)

8. Cleveland Indians.  It was a long way back from 11 1/2 games out, so do they have much energy left for September? (5)

9. Washington Nationals. Are 52-26 and playing .667 ball since they were 12 under .500 on May 23. (9)

10. St. Louis Cardinals. Flaherty throws six shutout innings wearing "LoveYouTy" on his back in tribute to late friend Tyler Skaggs. (10)

11. Chicago Cubs. Lester shelled early by Nats. (12)

12. New York Mets. Tied MLB mark with 26 strikeouts in 14-inning loss to Braves. (15)

13. Boston Red Sox. Seven-RBI night for J.D. opens trip to San Diego. (13)

14. Philadelphia Phillies. Blew 7-0 lead and gave up 19 runs in loss to Marlins. Hard to imagine a worse night.(11)

15. Milwaukee Brewers. Lyles takes no-hitter into 7th in win over Arizona. (14)

16. Arizona Diamondbacks. Bullpen troubles personified: Below .500 despite plus-59 run differential. (17)

17. San Francisco Giants. Fell six games out of wild-card in Bochy's last ride. (16)

18. Texas Rangers. Lynn posts 10 Ks in 5 2/3 innings vs. White Sox -- but also gives up seven runs. (18)

19. Los Angeles Angels. Four one-run losses in five-game stretch at Texas and Houston. (19)

20. Cincinnati Reds. Votto (back) eligible to come off IL Sunday but may need more time. (20)

21. San Diego Padres. Paddack's 2 1/3 innings vs. Red Sox was shortest start of career. (21)

22. Chicago White Sox. No decision yet if mega prospect Luis Robert gets a callup or stays with Charlotte for IL playoffs. (22)

23. Colorado Rockies. Huge disappointment in dropping to last in NL West. (23)

24. Seattle Mariners.  T-Mobile Park taken over  by Toronto fans from Vancouver area this weekend.  (26)

25. Toronto Blue Jays. Strong rookie year for Vladdy Jr. at .281-15-56. (25)

26. Pittsburgh Pirates.  On pace for one of MLB's worst marks after All-Star Game in many years. (24)

27. Miami Marlins. Piled up combined 32 runs in consecutive home games. (27)

28. Kansas City Royals. At least suspended game trip to Boston took only 12 minutes to lose.  (28)

29. Baltimore Orioles.  Gave up MLB-record 259th home run of the season -- with 34 games still to go.  (30)

30. Detroit Tigers. Two home runs the only hits in 2-1 win over Astros' Verlander. (29)

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