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MLB Power Rankings: Week 20

Jase Bandelow and Eric Luchetti

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Posted August 21, 2012 05:57 AM EDT

The Dodgers are movin’ on up, thanks in large part to Hanley Ramirez.

+6

Los Angeles Dodgers

-4

Milwaukee Brewers

FOX SPORTS MLB POWER RANKINGS

RK Team RECORD CHANGE HIGH/LOW COMMENTS
1

76-46 - 1/18
Bryce Harper appears to be showing signs that he could be coming out of his second-half slump as the Nationals look to take command of the NL East.
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2

74-49 1 1/22
Wins are wins, even if that means committing 10 errors en route to a 5-2 homestand for the Reds. Good thing the offense is clicking.
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3

72-50 2 1/11
Ichiro is finding his groove in NY of late, capping off a strong week with a two-homer performance against the Red Sox on Sunday.
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4

70-52 - 3/18
Kris Medlen really enjoyed his first career complete game, a five-hit shutout: “That’s the coolest thing I’ve ever done in my career. I’ve got to try and do that again.” The Braves wouldn’t mind that either.
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5

71-50 3 1/5
After a tough series in NY, the Rangers took two of three from the Jays and now head home to face the playoff-hungry Orioles.
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6

68-54 3 1/15
Not many teams are firing on all cylinders like the Rays, who boast the best AL record in August heading into this week.
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7

67-55 1 4/16
Melky Cabrera just made the Jonathan Sanchez trade look like a good deal for the Royals, and that is saying something.
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8

67-56 6 1/19
When the Dodgers traded for Hanley Ramirez, they hoped he would finally maximize his potential. He seems to be doing just that, hitting .395 on L.A.'s 10-game road trip.
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9

67-55 1 5/27
19-inning games are nothing to get excited about, but after last season’s botched call against Atlanta, the win in St. Louis could mean good things going forward for the Buccos.
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10

66-55 3 3/25
A sweep at the hands of the Royals to close the week didn’t help the White Sox, but luckily they are still atop the AL Central with a month and half to play.
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11

66-56 1 1/29
Orioles just keep getting it done, having won consecutive series against the Red Sox and Tigers last week.
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12

65-56 1 4/28
Prospect Dan Straily looked good tossing 6.1 scoreless innings against the red-hot Royals for the first of what should be many career wins.
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13

64-57 1 1/21
Max Scherzer continues to mow down opposing hitters. The powerful right-hander leads the majors in strikeouts per nine innings with an amazing 11.39 rate.
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14

65-56 3 2/19
Jaime Garcia looked sharp in his first start for the Cardinals since June 5. The Redbirds need to make another late-season push if they hope to repeat as world champions.
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15

62-60 1 4/22
Chris Young torched Houston, going 7-for-14 with two doubles, a homer and five RBI as the D-backs swept through the Astros. Not bad for a guy who was a combined 7-for-45 in his previous 15 games.
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16

62-60 1 2/25
The Angels are headed in the wrong direction, having the third-worst record in the AL since the All-Star break (14-22) heading into this week.
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17

59-63 - 10/26
At what point do the Red Sox stop giving Josh Beckett the ball? The former ace was shellacked last week in his two losses, posting an unsightly 7.94 ERA.
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18

57-65 - 5/27
Johan Santana will remain in the starting rotation and be evaluated on an almost start-by-start basis to keep an eye on his surgically repaired left shoulder.
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19

56-65 1 7/25
Good news for the Blue Jays: Brandon Morrow is scheduled to return later this week against the Orioles. Bad news: It is too late to make a difference.
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20

59-64 5 18/26
The Mariners became the first team in MLB history to be on both sides of a perfect game in one season after Felix Hernandez’s gem against the Rays.
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21

57-65 2 5/27
Kyle Kendrick is making a name for himself in a stacked Phillies rotation, compiling 15 scoreless innings against the Marlins and Brewers.
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22

56-67 - 6/26
Giancarlo Stanton loves hitting in Coors Field. Really, really enjoys it. Smashing the longest homer in the majors this season at 494 feet.
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23

54-67 4 13/29
Jeremy Guthrie hasn’t allowed an earned run in his last three starts heading into this week. Add that to a certain All-Star MVP getting suspended and the Melky trade doesn’t look so bad.
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24

54-68 - 6/29
Only the Astros have been worse since the All-Star break. That’s no consolation for a team that headed into the break with postseason hopes.
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25

55-66 4 12/25
As Randy Wolf goes, so do the Brewers. Unfortunately, that is not a good thing.
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26

51-70 - 22/30
The Twins dropped five of six last week to the Tigers and Mariners, as they continue their disappointing ’12 campaign.
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27

54-70 4 19/30
Clayton Richard has been filthy in his last five starts heading into this week, but the same word could describe the Padres’ play of late in a dramatically different context.
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28

47-74 - 24/30
Chris Volstad has gone 24 starts without a winning decision dating back to July 10, 2011. Yikes.
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29

47-73 - 16/29
The Rockies had a good week, but then Michael Cuddyer strained his right oblique and now has a spot on the 15-day disabled list. Tough luck.
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30

39-83 - 22/30
The Astros cut ties with manager Brad Mills, first base coach Bobby Meacham and hitting coach Mike Barnett. Tony DeFrancesco, you inherit one heck of a ball club.
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AL Standings

Eastern Division

TEAM W L
Yankees 27 25
Rays 27 26
Orioles 23 28
Blue Jays 24 30
Red Sox 23 29

Central Division

TEAM W L
Twins 30 20
Royals 29 20
Tigers 28 25
Indians 25 26
White Sox 23 27

Western Division

TEAM W L
Astros 33 20
Angels 28 25
Rangers 27 25
Mariners 24 27
Athletics 21 33

NL Standings

Eastern Division

TEAM W L
Nationals 29 23
Mets 29 24
Braves 26 26
Marlins 21 32
Phillies 20 33

Central Division

TEAM W L
Cardinals 34 18
Cubs 27 23
Pirates 28 24
Reds 22 28
Brewers 18 35

Western Division

TEAM W L
Dodgers 31 21
Giants 30 24
Padres 26 28
Diamondbacks 24 27
Rockies 23 28