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Cards just ahead of Pirates, Red Sox in MLB Power Rankings

Scott Cullen

7/2/2013 3:10:20 PM

Despite losing six of their last eight games, the St. Louis Cardinals are clinging to top spot in the TSN.ca MLB Power Rankings, just ahead of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Boston Red Sox.

The Cardinals were ripe to be overtaken, but two of their closest challengers from the last week's rankings, the Detroit Tigers and Cincinnati Reds, ran into their own troubles.

Detroit lost six of their last seven games, falling from second to seventh, while Cincinnati lost seven of nine and starting pitcher Johnny Cueto was put back on the DL, so they dropped from third to eighth.

Moving up this week, the Tampa Bay Rays are 8-4 in their last dozen games, thanks in part to a strong bullpen, and they climb from 16th to 12th.

The Cleveland Indians had the biggest move up, seven spots from 20th to 13th, as they moved into the AL Central lead and got shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera back from injury. Having baseball's hottest hitter, second baseman Jason Kipnis, doesn't hurt their case either.

It's been a good time for baseball in Los Angeles, over the last week. The Dodgers, who have been a mess for most of the season, have won eight of nine and moved from 22nd to 16th in the rankings, while the Angels have been even worse, yet six straight wins moved them up to 22nd from 27th.

The Dodgers' gain stands in contrast to much of their NL west compatriots, as the Rockies (11th to 15th), Giants (12th to 19th) and Padres (14th to 21st) all tumbled.

Finally looking like a competitive team, the Toronto Blue Jays are 3-5 since their 11-game winning streak, but moved up from 15th to 14th, due largely to getting shortstop Jose Reyes back from the disabled list.

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