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Tuesday's power rankings

1. Dan Uggla, Washington Nationals. A moment to savor with a three-run homer to cap a rally from an eight-run deficit, one night after Braves fans had booed him.

2. Kendrys Morales, Kansas City Royals. Morales went 3-for-4 with a double, a home run, four runs and three RBIs, and then he did the team laundry after the game. His three-run homer in the seventh capped a six-run inning as the Royals took a 9-5 lead over the slumping Indians and eventually won 11-5, pounding out 18 hits. The Royals let Billy Butler, their longtime DH, walk as a free agent in the offseason and signed Morales, which seemed like a dubious acquisition after he hit .218/.274/.338 last year with the Twins and Mariners. But he's off to a .321/.374/.500 start, a big part of the Kansas City offense that is now hitting .305. They have the lowest strikeout rate in the majors, they're hitting for more power than last year and four regulars currently have an OBP over .400.

3. Matt Carpenter, St. Louis Cardinals. A reader asked in my chat on Tuesday about Carpenter has an MVP possibility. Good sleeper MVP candidate, for sure. Remember, he finished fourth in the voting in 2013, when he led the NL in hits, runs and doubles. He was a surprise that year -- it was his first full season as a regular -- and while he wasn't quite as good last year, he's raking again in 2015. He went 2-for-4 with a double and triple in an 11-5 pounding of the Phillies and is hitting .380/.437/.671 thanks to an MLB-leading 12 doubles that puts him on pace for 102. OK, that won't happen, but he did hit 55 in 2013. The record is 67, set by Earl Webb in 1930, so it's not inconceivable that Carpenter could give chase. And, yes, I would be way too excited if that happens.

4. Mark Trumbo, Arizona Diamondbacks. He went 4-for-4 with a home run and triple (missing the double for the cycle, if you're into that kind of thing). He's hitting .324/.343/.559, and if he keeps doing that, it's only going to make him a more valuable trade piece when the D-backs deal him in July.

5. This dude in Cleveland. He loses his phone and beer in pursuit of a foul ball. May he cherish it forever. Hey, I still have my official American League baseball from 1985 or so on my bookshelf.