White Sox back on top

The White Sox slip past the Cardinals to take the top spot in ESPN.com's Power Rankings for the first time in a month.

Originally Published: June 10, 2005
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POWER RANKINGS
White Sox 1. Chicago White Sox: White Sox starters lead the AL in wins (32), ERA (3.55 – just ahead of the Twins) and BAA (.243). They're also an unbelievable 19-7 in one-run games.
Cardinals 2. St. Louis Cardinals: The Cards start Jason Marquis, Mark Mulder and Matt Morris against the Yankees this weekend, who are a combined 21-6 this season.
Twins 3. Minnesota Twins: After missing four games with a sore left elbow, Justin Morneau got the message: His teammates (and manager) expect him to step up and play through the pain.
Orioles 4. Baltimore Orioles: Rookie Hayden Penn is being handled with kid gloves (he hasn't pitched more than 5.1 innings in any of his three starts), which seems to be the right way to handle a 20-year-old.
Nationals 5. Washington Nationals: Esteban Loaiza has been far better than his 2-4 record would indicate, as he's allowed three or fewer runs in 11 of his 13 starts.
Angels 6. Los Angeles Angels: Look up "gamer" in the dictionary, and there's a picture of Darin Erstad – a baseball player with a football player's mentality. Every team needs someone like him.
Padres 7. San Diego Padres: Owner Tom Moores rankled some San Diegoans by being candid about his club's budget limitations. The good news is that the Padres look like a playoff team and there's still time before major decisions must be made.
Red Sox 8. Boston Red Sox: The Red Sox lead the AL with a .358 on-base percentage, but they have the third-worst ERA (4.87) in the league.
Phillies 9. Philadelphia Phillies: Acquiring Ugie Urbina should provide much-needed depth to the Phils' bullpen. Heck, it could give them the boost needed to take control of the NL East.
Rangers 10. Texas Rangers: Kenny Rogers is pitching like an All-Star. The 40-year-old southpaw has won his last eight starts and leads the American League with a 1.65 ERA.
Mets 11. New York Mets: Kris Benson has quietly pitched well, as he's 4-1 with a 2.76 ERA in his last five starts. He's looking like the solid No. 2 starter they hoped they were getting when they acquired him last July.
Cubs 12. Chicago Cubs: The Cubs were 22-24 when Mark Prior joined Kerry Wood on the DL with an elbow fracture. Since then, they've gone 9-3.
Blue Jays 13. Toronto Blue Jays: Orlando Hudson is as smooth as they come at second base. Now, if he could only hit a little …
Braves 14. Atlanta Braves: With Chipper Jones sidelined, the Braves' lineup is arguably as shaky now as it has ever been. That said, we're looking forward to watching rookie Andy Marte, who steps in for the hobbled Chipper.
Diamondbacks 15. Arizona Diamondbacks: Add Luis Gonzalez to the list of sports figures to salvage a pre-game national anthem performance. He came to the aide of a teenager holding the flag in a ROTC unit while the anthem was being played in Philly last Monday.
Brewers 16. Milwaukee Brewers: Carlos Lee is on fire; he's hitting .483 in June (1.524 OPS) and leads the majors in RBI with 55.
Marlins 17. Florida Marlins: Ever notice how far Carlos Delgado can hit a baseball? The guy just hits moon shots whenever he gets one off the sweet spot of the bat.
Yankees 18. New York Yankees: Who will be the first coach to get the ax from The Boss? We say first-base coach Roy White. If so, that'll have a real impact on the team!
Pirates 19. Pittsburgh Pirates: On their current homestand, the Bucs are coming off consecutive series victories against the Marlins, Braves and Orioles. Next up: Tampa Bay.
Dodgers 20. Los Angeles Dodgers: You don't have to root for Dem Bums to appreciate Vin Scully, who was ranked as the top baseball broadcaster in a recently released book ("Voices of Summer" by Curt Smith). Scully could make the U.S. tax code sound like Shakespeare.
Tigers 21. Detroit Tigers: Ugueth Urbina wanted a trade to be a closer again. He got the trade, but now he's setting up Billy Wagner in Philadelphia. Urbina's next stop?
Indians 22. Cleveland Indians: Aaron Boone is averaging only 3.34 pitches per plate appearance, second worst on the team. Josh Bard sees the fewest, at 3.27; Casey Blake the most, at 4.33.
Mariners 23. Seattle Mariners: Eddie Guardado is helping the Mariners right the ship. The left-handed closer has 17 saves (including 16 straight) and hasn't allowed a run since May 4.
Royals 24. Kansas City Royals: Buddy Bell's winning percentage since taking over as manager on May 31: .667.
Astros 25. Houston Astros: The Astros' road record was getting downright silly, but they've now won five of seven away from Minute Maid since starting 2-21.
Reds 26. Cincinnati Reds: Welcome back, Wily Mo: Coming off the DL, Pena went 5-for-14 with two home runs in the Reds' three-game sweep of the Devil Rays.
Giants 27. San Francisco Giants: Don't be surprised if/when the G-Men make a move. With an uncertain fifth spot in the rotation, this veteran-laden club could use a pitcher.
Athletics 28. Oakland Athletics: It's going to be a long summer in Oaktown, but at least Eric Chavez has found his stroke. The third baseman is batting .387 in June with four HRs, 10 RBI and a 1.325 OPS.
Devil Rays 29. Tampa Bay Devil Rays: Prospect Watch: Delmon Young, the No. 1 overall pick in the '03 draft, is hitting a robust .333 with 13 home runs and has a .401 OBP in 56 games at Double-A. And he's only 19!
Rockies 30. Colorado Rockies: If it weren't for bad luck, the Rockies wouldn't have any luck at all: Clint Barmes goes out for groceries and comes home with a spot on the disabled list.