Power Rankings: Twins battle back

While mulling realignment and the number of teams that would form a line to be included in a six-team division that included the Pirates over the past two decades, we present the latest rankings.

(Records through Wednesday's games.)

Philadelphia
Philadelphia

1.Philadelphia Phillies (47-28; Previous: 1) – Phillies can't score on road, hire consultant Tiger Woods.


Boston
Boston

2.Boston Red Sox (44-30; Previous: 2) – Like we said, Fenway Park has made Adrian Gonzalez(notes) faster: He's 10th in the league in triples.


New York
New York

3.New York Yankees (43-30; Previous: 4) – New Yankees edition Ford Explorer has deep bench seat, sturdy back end, good for long drives. On other hand, can mishandle on short stops.


Atlanta
Atlanta

4.Atlanta Braves (43-33; Previous: 8) – In Atlanta, they're still talking about the Hudson home run. Course, he hasn't quite gotten around the bases yet.


Tampa Bay
Tampa Bay

5.Tampa Bay Rays (41-34; Previous: 11) – Maddon dekes umpires with fake Fuld warm-up. Umps should have known something was up when batboy was catcher, photographer was on field and Fuld wasn't wearing a glove.


Milwaukee
Milwaukee

6.Milwaukee Brewers (41-35; Previous: 5) – In ongoing sausage races, Prince likes oversized Bratwurst. And by "like," we mean with spicy mustard.


Arizona
Arizona

7.Arizona Diamondbacks (41-34; Previous: 12) – D'backs wear ties to K.C. that depict Kirk Gibson sitting in a bathtub. In other news, two utility infielders, a reliever and two clubbies found in closet with their hands and feet bound.


St. Louis
St. Louis

8.St. Louis Cardinals (40-35; Previous: 3) – By the time everyone finishes measuring the impact of Pujols' injury on the Cardinals, he'll likely have signed a $200 million contract with somebody else.


San Francisco
San Francisco

9.San Francisco Giants (40-34; Previous: 7) – Bumgarner starts game with eight consecutive hits, drives home and hits every red light.


Cleveland
Cleveland

10.Cleveland Indians (40-33; Previous: 6) – Indians decide they need "new voice" at hitting coach, go for tenor with a little of that raspy thing.


Texas
Texas

11.Texas Rangers (40-36; Previous: 9) – Washington thrilled to be in All-Star game, says he's always wanted to manage the Yankees.


Detroit
Detroit

12.Detroit Tigers (40-35; Previous: 10) – Verlander gets first look at Dodgers offense, thinks that by not pitching in Los Angeles this week that, yeah, maybe he left a no-hitter on the table.


Cincinnati
Cincinnati

13.Cincinnati Reds (39-37; Previous: 16) – The Reds so mediocre they're thinking of changing their name to the Puces. Or, Reds call up starter, hope it's LeCure to what ails them.


Seattle
Seattle

14.Seattle Mariners (37-37; Previous: 15) – Aardsma admits he once took himself with the first pick of a fantasy draft, later claimed he thought he had to go alphabetical.


Colorado
Colorado

15.Colorado Rockies (37-37; Previous: 20) – Weird thing about baseball in Colorado: Whenever the hitters go cold, Coors Field turns blue.


Chicago
Chicago

16.Chicago White Sox (37-39; Previous: 17) – Up until now, I didn't think Ozzie passed kidney stones. I thought kidney stones passed Ozzie.


Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh

17.Pittsburgh Pirates (37-37; Previous: 18) – The Pirates, apparently, are not going to go away. Same fear Pittsburgh has experienced for two decades.


Los Angeles
Los Angeles

18.Los Angeles Angels (37-39; Previous: 19) – McKeon returns to dugout, looks wistfully at Angels, remembers when they were just cherubs.


Minnesota
Minnesota

19.Minnesota Twins (32-40; Previous: 29) – Ozzie says Twins are no longer piranhas, but sardines. Apparently, the dugouts are very, very small at Target Field.


Toronto
Toronto

20.Toronto Blue Jays (36-39; Previous: 14) – Bautista loves math so much he calculated that Jays relievers' ERAs extended in binary code and converted to letters comes out to "RZEPCZYNSKI."


Washington
Washington

21.Washington Nationals (37-37; Previous: 25) – Nats at .500 this late for first time in six years, aiming for Gingrich approval rating, then go from there.


Oakland
Oakland

22. Oakland A's (34-41; Previous: 26) – A's find lucky gold jerseys working much better than lucky offseason signings, lucky home-run trots and lucky gloves.


New York
New York

23.New York Mets (36-38; Previous: 22) – Other stuff David Einhorn could get for a dollar: Dykstra investment advice, 2006 NL pennant T-shirts, Oliver Perez(notes).


Los Angeles
Los Angeles

24.Los Angeles Dodgers (34-42; Previous: 23) – Attendance at Dodger Stadium so bad foul balls into stands are no longer considered "souvenirs," but "annoyances."


Florida
Florida

25.Florida Marlins (33-42; Previous: 13) – McKeon boldly benches Hanley on first day as manager, later admits he thought that was Chris Coghlan(notes).


Baltimore
Baltimore

26.Baltimore Orioles (33-39; Previous: 21) – In toughest division, O's decide to challenge elite with unconventional methods: below average offense, defense and pitching.


San Diego
San Diego

27.San Diego Padres (32-44; Previous: 24) – GM Hoyer returns to Boston, relieved to discover phrase "you can't go home again" generally only pertains to Padres baserunners.


Kansas City
Kansas City

28.Kansas City Royals (31-43; Previous: 27) – In order to freshen up "stale" batting order, Yost toasts it and slathers it in peanut butter.


Chicago
Chicago

29.Chicago Cubs (30-44; Previous: 30) – Quade suggests lacrosse for those who didn't enjoy the Cubs-Yankees series. The sport, not the city. Well, maybe the city.


Houston
Houston

30.Houston Astros (28-48; Previous: 28) – With realignment coming, Astros petition league to go wherever Pirates go.