July 1, 2014 at 3:33 pm

Tony Paul

Week 13 MLB Power Rankings: A's, Tigers check in at Nos. 1, 3

Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler gets the Athletics' Jed Lowrie (8) out at second for a double play in the top of the eighth inning Monday at Comerica Park. The A's and Tigers are ranked Nos. 1 and 3 this week in Tony Paul's MLB power rankings. (Elizabeth Conley / Detroit News)

Tony Paul goes around the league, with the 13th installment of his weekly Major League Baseball Power Rankings:

1. A’s (last week: 1): They’re a bit shell-shocked after Monday night’s loss to the Tigers — on the walk-off grand slam in Detroit — but they’re still the cream of the crop.

2. Brewers (2): They actually were the first team to 50 wins this year. If you had them in your pool, well, you’re a darn liar! They’re definitely past fluke stage.

3. Tigers (4): Before Rajai Davis on Monday, the last Tiger to hit a walk-off grand slam while the Tigers were trailing by three runs was Alan Trammell in 1988.

4. Angels (7): They’re hoping they can get ex-Pirates closer Jason Grilli back on track, after this week’s trade. But Grilli took the loss in just his second appearance with his new team.

5. Dodgers (8): On June 8, they were a whopping 9˝ games out of first place in the National League West. And today, they’re sitting atop the standings.

6. Giants (3): The Dodgers rise was helped by some tough times lately for the Giants, who followed a wildly impressive 19-9 May with an ugly 10-16 June.

7. Cardinals (5): Searching for offense anywhere they can find it, they recalled top prospect Oscar Taveras this week. He hit .189 in his first go-around.

8. Braves (10): Their plus-2 is the worst run differential among any division leaders, well worse than the second-place team in the NL East, the Nationals (+43).

9. Orioles (9): At what point do they start talking to Nelson Cruz (25 homers, 66 RBIs) about a long-term contract? He’d be open to it, given Baltimore took a shot on him.

10. Blue Jays (6): All eyes are on them at the trade deadline. How serious are they about winning this year? Whether they land Jeff Samardzija will be a big indicator.

11. Mariners (12): If the season ended today, Lloyd McClendon’s boys actually would be in the playoffs — a first for Seattle since 2001. Still need a lot of hitting.

12. Nationals (16): They kept things afloat in Bryce Harper’s two-month absence recovering from a thumb injury. He returned to the lineup Monday.

13. Reds (14): All of a sudden, they’re right back in the thick of things, thanks to winning eight of their last 10 games. And Homer Bailey might be back on track.

14. Royals (11): Their stay atop the AL Central didn’t last very long. After winning 10 in a row, including three against the Tigers, they went 2-7 in their next nine.

15. Pirates (15): They dumped their struggling closer, Grilli, for the Angels’ struggling closer, Ernesto Frieri. Frieri had a perfect debut in a Pirates uniform.

16. Yankees (13): It definitely appears the legend, Derek Jeter, is picking the right year to call it quits. The bat speed’s just not there anymore.

17. Red Sox (18): If they take much more a dive in the AL East standings, it’ll be interesting to see if the defending world champs start peddling off some pitching.

18. Marlins (20): If the Marlins slip much more in the next two weeks, expect them to start talking to teams about reliever Steve Cishek. His stock is sky high.

19. Indians (19): Nick Swisher is only on Year 2 of a four-year, $56 million contract. The first year was a disaster, and this year’s not shaping up any better.

20. Rangers (17): When injuries force you to reach out to Carlos Pena to be your everyday first baseman, well, it’s probably just not your year.

21. Twins (21): Give ’em credit for taking a shot on Kendrys Morales, but unless they plan to add much more at the deadline, they’re not going to make a run.

22. Astros (24): There might not be a more fun player to watch in baseball right now than Jose Altuve, who’s short in stature — but not on anything else.

23. White Sox (25): For the first time, Ann Arbor Pioneer alum Zach Putnam is getting an extended look. And the reliever is taking advantage (2.30 ERA, 1.085 WHIP).

24. Mets (22): Is David Wright even a star player anymore? Heatlhy for most of the season — he’s been out since Friday with a bruised rotator cuff — he’s rocking an OPS of just .729, down nearly 200 points from a year ago.

25. Padres (26): You’d figure they’d want to have a GM in place soon. They have a lot of trade chips, and might be handcuffed without one guy to make a deal.

26. Rockies (23): Without a healthy Carlos Gonzalez or Michael Cuddyer, it’s no wonder their season went from promising to putrid in a flash.

27. Rays (30): Don’t expect them to be down here very long. They’ve won seven of their last 10, and everyone knows Joe Maddon’s teams don’t quit.

28. Diamondbacks (28): It’s pretty remarkable what’s going on in Arizona. The D-backs actually have a winning record on the road, but are 15-30 at home.

29. Phillies (27): They made a little mini-surge for a bit, but there’s not enough to get back in the NL East race. It’s just about time for a fire sale.

30. Cubs (29): They’re going nowhere fast, but at least Jake Arrieta is keeping fans entertained. In back-to-back starts, he made a serious bid for a no-hitter.

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