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MLB Power Rankings: Athletics in first, Rays last, Royals rising

June 16, 2014
INDIANA SPORTS PAGE



For the first time in this season's Power Rankings, we have a clean sweep at the top. The Oakland Athletics grabbed all seven of our first-place votes for the maximum 210 points and a return to the No. 1 spot. They displace the Giants, who slid down to second place. The Blue Jays remained in third, while the Angels and Brewers flipped fourth and fifth place, respectively.

They're No. 1: A's. While Oakland's 3-3 week wasn't great, it was enough to get past San Francisco, which dropped three straight to Colorado to finish the week. The A's also did it despite the struggles of Josh Donaldson, who had a week he'd sooner forget: 1-for-24 with no walks and four strikeouts. That's part of a month of June in which Donaldson has picked up only seven hits in 54 at-bats for a brutal .130/.161/.241 line and 13 strikeouts against one walk. At one point, Donaldson made an out in 29 straight plate appearances, reaching only once on a fielder's choice. Despite the bad start to June, Donaldson still boasts an .826 OPS and 132 OPS+ as well as his American League-best 4.5 WAR. But for Oakland to keep the Angels at bay in the AL West, it will need Donaldson to snap out of his slump soon.



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