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MLB Power Rankings: Atlanta, Boston on top

May 2, 2013, 6:21 PM EDT

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By Steve Roney
CSNwashington.com

Talk about the difference a year makes in Boston — one season after their worst finish in 50 years, the Red Sox own baseball's best record, and sit at No. 2 in our weekly power rankings. Here's how Nationals Insider Mark Zuckerman, Nats writer Chase Hughes, and I see the rest of the league shaking out.

1. Atlanta Braves (17-10; LW: 1) Zuckerman – Freeman's return has bolstered an already good lineup, and McCann is about to return as well.

2. Boston Red Sox (19-8; LW: 4) Zuckerman – Amazing how John Farrell has helped change the culture so quickly at Fenway Park. They look legit.

3. Texas Rangers (17-10; LW: 2) Hughes – In a span of two years they let go of C.J. Wilson, Josh Hamilton, Mike Napoli, and Michael Young yet they still keep on winning. Never bet against Jon Daniels and the Rangers' front office.

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  1. Tcostant - May 2, 2013 at 6:55 PM

    I love seeing the Royals do well. Good for that GM not listening to the neysayers and improving his team for this year.The Astros and the Marlins might each loss 110 games this year, which is really unbelievable.

  2. Ghost Of Steve M. - May 2, 2013 at 7:18 PM

    Tcostant, Gordon and Cain and some decent starting pitching and some timely hits. As we know, it's a long season.

  3. peric - May 2, 2013 at 7:36 PM

    The Astros and the Marlins might each loss 110 games this year, which is really unbelievable.Getting the much higher draft cap and the picks of the litter.

  4. Tcostant - May 2, 2013 at 8:08 PM

    I just mean losing a 100 is hard, but 110 is almost unheard of unless your talking about the '62 Mets.

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FINAL NL EAST STANDINGS

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ATLANTA 79 83 17.0
NEW YORK 79 83 17.0
MIAMI 77 85 19.0
PHILADELPHIA 73 89 23.0

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