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MLB Power Rankings: Week 11

First Posted: 06/14/11 04:23 PM ET   Updated: 08/14/11 06:12 AM ET

The MLB season is flying toward the All-Star break and, for the first time all year, things seem to be in order.

The Red Sox have overcome a miserable start while posting all-time type of numbers during its recent nine-game win streak and, are now on pace to win 107 games, a far cry from just a month ago.

Despite the season-ending injury to stud catcher Buster Posey, the defending champion Giants continue to stay afloat with superb pitching from one of the game's upper echelon staffs.

Further west, the surprising Mariners are quietly chasing down the powerful Rangers behind the dominant 1-2 punch of Felix Hernandez and rookie Michael Pineda.

The Yankees are another team worth watching very closely over the next couple weeks. The calf injury to Derek Jeter -- while not considered serious -- is likely to sideline him for an extended period. New York is already waifish thin in its middle infield, and can ill-afford for The Captain to miss many games.

(Note: This is the third of HuffPost's monthly series on MLB Power Rankings. Click here for Week 3 rankings and here for Week 6.)

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Boston Red Sox (39-26)
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In my week six Power Rankings, I offered solace for Red Sox fans. Boston was beginning to heat up and play like the team we all expected. That said, no way did I envision such a drastic turnaround. Carl Crawford is looking more like the $142-million-man every day. Fellow free-agent-signee Adrian Gonzalez is a legitimate MVP candidate, hitting an American League best .341. He's driven in a run for nine straight games and leads the majors with 60 RBIs. The Sox have won nine in a row, including a recent sweep in the Bronx. In those nine games, the squad has powered in 83 runs, hit .329 and totaled 50 extra-base hits. Over the weekend, the Sox scored 14 runs back-to-back with 17 hits in each game. Somewhere, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck are smiling.
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