Rogers' MLB power rankings: Rangers hold onto No. 1

19. White Sox (17): Chris Sale move to the bullpen was a shocker, especially for Sale.

20. Athletics (24): Brandon Inge is hitting .174 since joining Oakland, and that has raised his season average to .140. Painful math for him.

21. Red Sox (15): Two five-game losing streaks by May 5 for a team that was put together to make the playoffs. The problem is simple: Fix a pitching staff that is allowing the most runs in the majors. Must be looking at all available options, including the White Sox's Matt Thornton.

22. Rockies (21): Allowing the most runs in the NL, but don't blame Jamie Moyer. His 4.01 ERA is the lowest in the rotation.

23. Astros (30: It's all about Jose Altuve and his .352 average.

24. Brewers (22): Shortstop Alex Gonzalez's season-ending knee injury is a real crippler. It comes on the heels of losing first baseman Mat Gamel.

25. Pirates (25): Is the real Pedro Alvarez finally standing up?

26. Mariners (23): Seven-game losing streak spoiled what had been a solid April.

27. Royals (26): Nothing is holding these guys back more than the stunted development of Luke Hochevar, a supposed No. 1 starter with a 5.46 career ERA after 600-plus innings. He has allowed seven-plus runs three times already.

28. Cubs (29): History says it's time for a flurry of homers from Alfonso Soriano, which would provide a huge lift.

29. Padres (27): Loss of lefty Cory Luebke creates a chance for Jeff Suppan to get back to big leagues.

30. Twins (28): Ranked in the bottom three teams in AL in OPS from catcher, first base, second base, third base and right field, with Michael Cuddyer's old spot in right the biggest void. Six players have started there, combining for a .156 average.

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