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MLB Power Rankings: Red-hot Giants grab top spot from Athletics

June 3, 2014
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They have the most wins and the best record in baseball, and now the Giants have the No. 1 spot in our Power Rankings, too. San Francisco displaced its Bay Area rival in Oakland atop the rankings, bumping the Athletics down to No. 2. The Blue Jays continued their climb by moving up to No. 3, and the Brewers and Tigers round out our top-five at Nos. 4 and 5, respectively.

They're No. 1: Giants. Thirty-seven wins, a .649 winning percentage and a commanding 7½-game lead in the NL West: It all adds up to the No. 1 spot for San Francisco. The Giants are rolling right now, with eight wins in their last 10 games. That includes taking three of four from St. Louis over the weekend, finishing with a flourish in a 9-0 shutout on Sunday. San Francisco hasn't lost a series since May 5-7 against the Pirates and has gone 16-7 since then to open that huge lead in the division. Pablo Sandoval's awakening has helped key the Giants' recent run; after finishing April with a brutal .564 OPS, Sandoval rebounded to hit .318/.339/.542 with six homers and 19 RBIs in May, helping to make up for the loss of Brandon Belt to a broken thumb and a slump by Buster Posey.



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