2012 Major League Baseball Power Rankings: July 23

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A look at the best and worst baseball teams in the league.

<p> A look at the best and worst baseball teams in the league.</p>

Each week during the season Athlon Sports looks at the best and worst baseball teams in the league. Here's our MLB Power Rankings for July 23, 2012.

  1. Rangers—Still the scariest team in the American League.

 2. Reds—Back-to-back weekend sweeps, one without Votto.

 3. Yankees—Vaunted offense couldn’t solve Oakland pitching.

 4. Nationals—Recovered from coughing up a 9-0 lead on Friday.

 5. Pirates—Sweep Marlins, but gain no ground on Reds.

 6. Dodgers—Four games at St. Louis before critical series at San Fran.

 7. Braves—Needed to gain ground vs. Nats, but lost last two for split.

 8. Tigers—Turned 3.5-game deficit to 1.5-game lead in five days.

 9. Angels—Took two of three from Texas, 10 games remain with Rangers.

10. Giants—Still 12 games remaining with the Dodgers.

11. Orioles—Most road wins in the American League.

12. Cardinals—Beat up on Cubs, but still five games back of Cincinnati.

13. White Sox—Outscored 30-9 during recent five-game losing streak.

14. A’s—Currently tied for second wild card spot. Amazing.

15. Rays—Offense? Lost two 2-1 games to Seattle over weekend.

16. Blue Jays—Swept by Yankees, then swept the Red Sox.

17. Red Sox—Big Papi now injured, Lester awful. What next for Sox?

18. Diamondbacks—Devoured Houston pitching for 33 runs in three weekend games.

19. Indians—4.5 games back is largest deficit for Tribe in 2012.

20. Mets—Lost eight of nine since break, now Nats coming to town.

21. Brewers—Trade talks will intensify this week.

22. Mariners—12-10 vs. three first place teams in AL.

23. Marlins—Seems like a long time since Fish were tied for first on June 3.

24. Phillies—One of three NL teams with a losing home record.

25. Royals—Most doubles in the majors (40) in July.

26. Twins—No. 6 in AL attendance; fans performing better than players.

27. Padres—Signed Carlos Quentin to long-term deal rather than trade him.

28. Cubs—Were playing much better until trip to St. Louis.

29. Rockies—Jamie Moyer’s 5.70 ERA second among pitchers with 10 starts.

30. Astros—10-player deal with Toronto, for what?

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