MLB Power Rankings: New York Yankees Barely Stay In Top-10

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Jun 28, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; New York Yankees center fielder

Brett Gardner

(11) reacts after a pitch during the eighth inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

12. Toronto Blue Jays (41-36) The Blue Jays winning streak may have come to an end, but they proved they’ll be in it for the long run when they took two of three from the Rays to help move within one game of the AL East lead. They followed it up with a series win against the Rangers as well, as the Blue Jays look poised to end their postseason drought. Could a trade for Johnny Cueto as a rental be in their future to give them that ace they desperately need? After their four game series with the Red Sox to start the week, the Blue Jays will depart on a long road trip of 10-games heading into the All-Star break.

11. Minnesota Twins (40-35) It was not a fun return to Milwaukee for Paul Molitor, as his Twins lost two of three to the lowly Brewers over the weekend. That followed up a series victory over the White Sox, as the Twins did a solid job holding their NL Central foe at bay, including a win over Chris Sale. The Twins will have to figure out how to replace top prospect Byron Buxton in the lineup as well, as he was placed on the DL with a sprained thumb and will miss 4-6 weeks. He hadn’t begun producing as his tools suggest he could, but it is disappointing that he will have to miss so much time.

10. New York Yankees (41-35) The Yankees had a losing record this past week, inexplicably losing a series to the Phillies before splitting a four gamer with the Astros. Nathan Eovaldi has reached a new career-high for wins, as he is enjoying his first season in pinstripes. Concerning though is the performance of Masahiro Tanaka recently, as he has given up three home runs in each of his last two starts. The Yankees will get some help later in the week though, as Jacoby Ellsbury is expected to start his rehab assignment Monday and could return over the weekend when the Yankees return from their road trip.

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