The Detroit Tigers continue to cling to the top spot in the TSN.ca MLB Power Rankings, just ahead of the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Pittsburgh Pirates.
It's been four straight weeks at No. 1 for the Tigers, even as first baseman Prince Fielder hasn't exactly been tearing the cover off the ball; his .757 OPS since the All-Star break is lowest among Tigers regulars, which also is a credit to ther others in the lineup pulling their collective weight.
Among teams moving up, the Oakland A's moved from 13 to 10 with seven wins in the last eight games and ace starter Bartolo Colon returning from the disabled list.
The Kansas City Royals, 7-2 in their last nine games and with a rotation boosted by young lefty Danny Duffy, are up from 15 to 12.
Moving from 23 to 19, the L.A. Angels have won nine of 10, even if it's far too late to have significant meaning.
Losing ground, the St. Louis Cardinals slip from three to six after losing four of five while the Tampa Bay Rays, losing eight of nine, slipped from four to nine. Six losses in seven games knocks the Cleveland Indians down from 11 to 15.
Losing ace starter Matt Harvey hammered the New York Mets, down from 22 to 29 on the devastating news that Harvey could be on his way to having Tommy John surgery.
The Toronto Blue Jays, with a roster depleted by injury, are up one from 26 to 25.
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