Yankees rise to No. 1

Updated: June 6, 2011, 2:42 PM ET
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The New York Yankees have won six of their last seven games and moved back into the top spot in Week 10 of the MLB Power Rankings.

The Philadelphia Phillies dropped one spot to No. 2, while the Cleveland Indians fell one spot to No. 3. The Texas Rangers, riding a five-game winning streak, rose seven spots to No. 4, while the St. Louis Cardinals dropped one spot to No. 5.

The Rangers, who have won eight of their last nine games, are this week's U.S. Army Team of the Week.

This week's voters were Jason Grey from the ESPN fantasy team, Tim Kurkjian of ESPN The Magazine, David Schoenfield of the SweetSpot Blog Network and ESPN.com and Jayson Stark of ESPN.com. Nearly all team comments come courtesy of the fan bloggers on the SweetSpot Blog Network. Meanwhile, you can rank the teams yourself.

Tune in to "Baseball Tonight" every Monday on ESPN to see the week's U.S. Army Power Rankings.

2011 Power Rankings: June 6
RANKTEAM / RECORD TRENDINGCOMMENTS
1
Yankees
33-24
5
Last Week: 6
The Yanks are coming off a strong West Coast trip, winning six of their last seven games. The team has proven to be "Daylight Darlings," too: The Yanks are 15-3 in games played in the daylight and three games below .500 at night this year. -- Jason Rosenberg: It's About The Money
2
1
Last Week: 1
The Phillies are back to not scoring runs despite the return of Chase Utley, dropping four of six to the lowly Nationals and Pirates and scoring three or fewer runs in all four losses last week. They hope to regain some potency as they start a 10-game homestand. -- Bill Baer: Crashburn Alley
3
Indians
33-24
1
Last Week: 2
The Indians started the week with a blowout loss in Toronto then quickly redeemed themselves by taking the last two games in the series. Then a four-game homestand against the Rangers turned into a "Man Who Came to Dinner" nightmare, as the Rangers proved to be downright horrid house guests. -- Susan Petrone: It's Pronounced "Lajaway"
4
Rangers
34-26
7
Last Week: 11
The Rangers just outscored first-place Cleveland by a 24-6 margin en route to their first four-game road series sweep since April 1999. -- Joey Matschulat: Baseball Time In Arlington
5
1
Last Week: 4
Albert Pujols hit more home runs in the Cardinals' last three games (four) than he hit in the entire month of May (two). -- ESPN.com
6
Red Sox
33-26
3
Last Week: 3
Who would have thought David Ortiz would be this good in 2011? He's striking out at the lowest rate in his career and hitting for more power than Adrian Gonzalez right now. The team struggled early last week by getting swept by the White Sox but was able to finish .500 on the week by sweeping the A's. -- Troy Patterson: Fire Brand of the American League
7
Brewers
33-26
5
Last Week: 12
The Brewers pitching staff continues to excel; on their current road trip (4-2), the team has only allowed 3.57 runs per game. Overall, the team ranks in the top 11 in ERA, FIP and xFIP. -- Jack Moore: Disciples of Uecker
8
Giants
33-26
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Last Week: 8
Aubrey Huff hit four of his season's eight home runs to help the the Giants take three of four from the Cardinals. Huff now has three more homers at Busch Stadium than he does at AT&T Park this year. -- Otis Anderson: Bay City Ball
9
Marlins
31-26
4
Last Week: 5
A horrible week, with horrible luck, as the Marlins have lost four straight, all of them one-run losses and all of them in the seventh inning or later. Hopefully, that luck will even out soon, because Philadelphia won't let them hang around forever. -- The Common Man: The Platoon Advantage
10
Braves
32-28
3
Last Week: 7
Jonny Venters is establishing himself as a legitimate NL Cy Young contender in a setup role. Through 35.2 innings, he has allowed two runs and owns an 83.3 ground ball percentage. -- Ben Duronio: Capitol Avenue Club
11
Rays
30-29
2
Last Week: 9
The Rays' meteor continues on its crash course with Earth after losing five of their last seven games while getting outscored 44-21 by Texas and Seattle. -- Mark Heilig: The Ray Area
12
2
Last Week: 10
The Diamondbacks haven't lost consecutive games since May 13, showing an ability to bounce back. That is just part of the resiliency that manager Kirk Gibson has brought to the club. You can never count the D-backs out of a game because they have come from behind to win a MLB-best 17 times this season. -- Andrew Gruman: Snakes On Jefferson
13
4
Last Week: 17
It's one of the oldest cliches in the game, but the Mariners just keep finding ways to win. The suddenly hot Rangers have pulled away from the division a bit, but with the pitching and determined run production the M's have gotten of late, it doesn't look as if they're falling out of this race soon. -- Conor Dowley: Pro Ball NW
14
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Last Week: 14
Adam Lind's return couldn't come soon enough, as the Jays' other cleanup hitters sport an ugly .244/.270/.310 stat line without a single home run between them. -- Drew Fairservice: Ghostrunner On First
15
Tigers
31-27
1
Last Week: 16
The Tigers are only 2.5 games behind the Indians for many reasons, including seventh-inning specialist Al Alburquerque. Last week, he struck out nine and allowed one hit in 4.1 scoreless innings. He has 35 K's in 19.2 IP so far in '11. -- Mike McClary: The Daily Fungo
16
Reds
30-30
3
Last Week: 13
Thanks to Joey Votto and Jay Bruce, the Reds offense continues to rank among the best in the major leagues, but the team sits at .500, thanks to the underwhelming performance of the pitching staff. -- Chad Dotson: Redleg Nation
17
Angels
30-31
2
Last Week: 15
Time to start worrying in Anaheim as the Angels dropped to a game under.500 and 4.5 back in the AL West. Maicer Izturis and Erick Aybar, so instrumental to the Angels' success, are back to Earth, hitting a combined .206/.287/.296 since May 17. -- The Common Man: The Platoon Advantage
18
Rockies
27-31
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Last Week: 18
In hopes of boosting their woeful offense, the Rockies designated Jose Lopez for assignment and called up Eric Young Jr. and Chris Nelson. It hasn't worked. In three games against the Giants, the Rox managed to score a total of four runs. Next on the list for promotion is Triple-A outfielder Charlie Blackmon. -- Logan Burdine: Blake Street Bulletin
19
Pirates
28-30
2
Last Week: 21
Kevin Correia and Charlie Morton get the press, but Paul Maholm is pitching as well as either of them. Maholm is sporting a 3.66 ERA but has just a 2-7 record. In his seven losses, the Pirates have scored just four runs. -- The Common Man: The Platoon Advantage
20
4
Last Week: 24
Thanks to the Indians' terrible week, the White Sox have clawed back to just seven games back in the AL Central. John Danks has allowed 11 homers in 11 starts and really needs to either get right or get out of the way. -- The Common Man: The Platoon Advantage
21
1
Last Week: 20
While the streaking Rangers have won five in a row and eight of their last nine games, the A's have dropped six straight to the Yankees and Red Sox and are now seven games back in the AL West. Brett Anderson is also struggling against lefties. In his first 60 starts, he gave up six home runs to lefties; in his last two starts, he's allowed four. -- Dan Hennessey: Baseballin' On A Budget
22
Dodgers
28-32
3
Last Week: 25
In his past 10 games, Matt Kemp has five home runs, a .488 on-base percentage and a .886 slugging percentage. -- Jon Weisman: Dodger Thoughts
23
Mets
28-31
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Last Week: 23
Over the last 10 games, Jose Reyes is hitting .465 with four doubles, four triples and 13 runs scored. The Mets are 5-5 over that span. -- Joe Janish: Mets Today
24
Orioles
26-31
5
Last Week: 19
The past week wasn't kind to the Orioles as they notched only one win. Brian Roberts also has no timetable for a return with his concussion symptoms. And slugger Luke Scott acknowledged he needed a cortisone injection administered with a long-form needle. -- Jon Shepherd: Camden Depot
25
Royals
25-34
3
Last Week: 22
The first time the Twins came through Kansas City, the Royals swept their AL Central rivals in a three-game series by a combined score of 25-8. This past week, the Twins repaid the favor and then some, sweeping the Royals in a four-game set while outscoring them 26-6. -- Craig Brown: Royals Authority
26
Padres
27-33
2
Last Week: 28
The Padres have the best bullpen ERA (2.28) in the majors. Opponents are hitting just .217/.284/.289 against San Diego's relievers. -- Geoff Young: Ducksnorts
27
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Last Week: 27
Danny Espinosa rode a hot week to the front of the NL ROY race. He currently leads NL rookies in homers (10), RBIs (33) and SBs (5) and is second in walks (20). (Not to mention that he's second in the majors in HBPs.) Now if he could only get his average above .220. -- Harper Gordek: Nationals Baseball
28
Cubs
23-34
2
Last Week: 26
Walk-off, extra-inning home runs by Albert Pujols on Saturday and Sunday all but sealed the debate on if the Cubs would be buyers or sellers going into the deadline. It feels good to get that figured out. -- Joe Aiello: View from the Bleachers
29
Astros
23-37
1
Last Week: 30
If not for Hunter Pence (top five in the league in batting average, doubles and RBIs), the Astros might be completely unwatchable. Bill Hall's departure also helps a little. -- Austin Swafford: Austin's Astros 290 Blog
30
Twins
21-37
1
Last Week: 29
The Twins have gained four games in the standings in the past four days on the first-place Indians but still face a massive deficit in the AL Central. They'll look to keep chipping away in Cleveland this week. -- Nick Nelson: Nick's Twins Blog