MLB Power Rankings: New York Yankees Vault Into Top 10

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Jun 5, 2015; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Indians second baseman

Jason Kipnis

(22) walks off the field after striking out during the ninth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Progressive Field. The Orioles won 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

21. Boston Red Sox (27-31) A split of with the Twins coming into the season wouldn’t have been looked at as much, but right now thats quite a feat for the Red Sox. Follow that up with a weekend sweep of the Athletics and the Red Sox are owners of a good week. Jekyll and Hyde, aka Clay Buchholz, was one full display this week, as he tossed eight shutout innings against the Twins in a 1-0 win to start the week, then finished it with a 4 ⅔ inning clunker against the struggling Athletics in which he surrendered 10 hits and four runs. That ended a streak of five consecutive quality starts for the nominal ace of the Red Sox staff. Also, Hanley Ramirez looks back on track at the plate, which is always fun to watch.

20. Atlanta Braves (27-29) The Braves came back to earth a little bit this week, as they lost a series to the Diamondbacks followed by another one to the Pirates. Shelby Miller also had his worst start of the season, surrendering more than two earned runs in a start for the first time. That raised his season ERA to a robust 1.89. One takeaway is that even with all of the losing, the Braves were still competitive and in most of the games.

19. Cleveland Indians (27-29) The Indians picked up an important series victory over the Royals, but followed that up with a disappointing weekend against the Orioles when they lost two of three. The biggest story out of Cleveland this week isn’t the Indians, or Cavaliers playing in the Finals. Instead more people should Indians owner Paul Dolan joining in with his team in shaving their heads to help support utility player Mike Aviles, whose four-year old daughter was diagnosed with leukemia.

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