The top two teams — the Chicago Cubs and Washington Nationals — maintained their positions for the fifth straight week in the Power Rankings. Elsewhere in the top 10, the AL comes in with the next four teams but no clear top squad. Despite a solid week, the Texas Rangers slipped a spot to No. 4, with the Toronto Blue Jays moving up to No. 3. The Cleveland Indians and Boston Red Sox follow at No. 5 and No. 6.
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Back in the NL, the Los Angeles Dodgers moved ahead of the San Francisco Giants in the NL West and the rankings, climbing to No. 7. The NL West rivals will get a chance to settle things on the field this week in a big three-game series starting Tuesday in L.A. Despite all the injuries to the pitching staff, including the continued absence of Clayton Kershaw, the Dodgers have made up 6½ games on the Giants since the All-Star break. The Dodgers are just 17-15 since the break, while the Giants are 11-23.