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MLB Power Rankings: Rangers In The No. 1 Spot

The Texas Rangers are ranked No. 1 in the Sports Illustrated Major League Baseball Power Rankings. Texas, along with the Los Angeles Dodgers, has the league's best record at 13-4 even after losing to the New York Yankees on Monday night.

This week's rankings, though, were written by Ben Duronio with all stats through Sunday. Here is what Duronio had to say about the Rangers:

"Josh Hamilton's quasi Babe Ruth impression has powered the Rangers offense, which is currently the third best in baseball. But Texas also boasts the third-lowest starting pitcher ERA and the third-fewest hits allowed on balls put in play, a promising sign for its defense. Factor in an AL-best 2.39 bullpen FIP, and it's easy to see why the Rangers are on top. Ranking among the league's best at pitching, offense, and defense will do that."

Read more about the Rangers at Lone Star Ball. For additional news and notes around the league, go to Baseball Nation.

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