Phil Rogers' MLB power rankings

Last week's ranking in parentheses.

1. Cardinals (1): Swept by the Rangers as powerful lineup produces only 26 runs during an eight-game lull. They nevertheless continue to lead the majors in runs in June.

2. Rangers (7): Seven strong innings by Martin Perez on Saturday provides a lift for a rotation that needed one. If he stays healthy, Joe Nathan could save 50-plus games.

3. Tigers (2): Bullpen issues remain a distraction, but they had a better record when Jose Valverde pitched (15-5) than in Justin Verlander's starts (9-7). The pitching staff is being tested, but the Tigers still took three of four from the Red Sox.

4. Pirates (8): With little fanfare, Pedro Alvarez (1.132 OPS in June) has been almost as hot as Yasiel Puig and Chris Davis.

5. Reds (3): A 22-strikeout week for Mat Latos, who beat the Diamondbacks and lost to the Pirates.

6. Red Sox (6): Dropped three of four in high-scoring weekend series in Detroit. The rotation misses Clay Buchholz, whose neck and shoulder remained too stiff to throw a bullpen session Saturday. He could miss two more weeks.

7. Braves (4): They've been shut out four times in June, including in back-to-back games at Miller Park last weekend. Evan Gattis' strained oblique could leave them without their most productive hitter (.894 OPS) through the All-Star break.

8. Diamondbacks (14): Time off during a suspension could wind up benefiting Ian Kennedy in the second half.

9. Blue Jays (19): No general manager is feeling better these days than Alex Anthopoulos, whose beefed-up team swept the Orioles and Rangers during a winning streak keyed by a lineup scoring 6.4 runs per game. Jose Reyes is due back Thursday for a weekend series in Boston.

10. Athletics (5): Big news of the week was San Jose suing MLB in an attempt to expedite stadium efforts.

11. Yankees (11): Raul Ibanez's eight home runs in June for the Mariners are five more than the Yankees have from any player and only three fewer than their team total. They shouldn't have let him leave after a magical run in October.

12. Orioles (9): The rotation needs a name-brand guy in his prime. Make it happen, Dan Duquette.

13. Rays (10): Wil Myers already has a grand slam but delivered only a .667 OPS in his first seven games.

14. Indians (18): Coming to U.S. Cellular Field for a doubleheader Friday.

15. Royals (12): James Shields is pitching like an All-Star yet has only two wins to go with a 2.92 ERA. The Royals are 5-0 in his last five starts, and he has had no-decisions in every one.

16. Rockies (15): Roy Oswalt is a better option than Jeff Francis. But like the Orioles, the Rockies need to deal for at least one proven starter to remain viable in the playoff race.

17. Nationals (16): Bryce Harper hopes to begin a rehab assignment Wednesday and believes he'll need six or seven games to regain confidence in his left knee, which probably will need surgery after the season, if not sooner.

18. Giants (17): Receiving a reality check after losing three of four to the Marlins at home. They are sixth in the NL in scoring, and only three NL teams have allowed more runs. The Giants are allowing 4.44 runs per game, up from 4.01 last season and 2.94 during the 2012 playoffs.

19. Padres (13): Victory over Clayton Kershaw was the highlight of a 3-4 week.

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