MLB Power Rankings: New York Yankees Heading In Right Direction

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May 3, 2015; Boston, MA, USA; New York Yankees left fielder

Brett Gardner

(11) high fives shortstop

Didi Gregorius

(18) after hitting a three run home run during the sixth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

6. New York Yankees (16-9) Five straight series victories, including the stopping of the runaway train that was the Mets, has landed the Yankees atop the AL East. They are playing extremely well, taking a series against AL East foes in the Rays and Red Sox this past week, sweeping the rival Red Sox. Masahiro Tanaka going on the DL with forearm issues will worry some people, but it may be a blessing in disguise for the Yankees as he will get some time to rest as they will take an extremely cautious approach with him.

5. Detroit Tigers (17-9) The Tigers took their first series of the week against the Twins, and then split over the weekend with the Royals. David Price was able to get back on track, picking up two wins this week after having a disastrous start against the Yankees two weeks ago. Miguel Cabrera is back to his MVP ways at the plate as well, leading the Tigers in batting average, on-base percentage and slugging. This lineup is extremely dangerous.

4. Kansas City Royals (16-9) It was a relatively quiet week for the Royals, who weren’t on late night sports shows this week because of any brawls or suspensions. A four-game split with the Tigers surprises no one, as they will more than likely be battling it out all season for the top of the AL Central. It will be a difficult week for the Royals though, as some suspensions will start kicking in, namely Lorenzo Cain’s two gamer beginning. Perfect timing, as he will return right in time for another weekend series against the Tigers, this time in Detroit.

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