The St. Louis Cardinals have risen to the top of the TSN.ca MLB Power Rankings, edging ahead of the Detroit Tigers and Boston Red Sox. St. Louis starting pitchers have combined to record a 2.38 ERA, far and away the best in baseball, as Shelby Miller has joined ace Adam Wainwright, Lance Lynn, Jaime Garcia and (currently injured) Jake Westbrook to comprise a formidable starting five. Riding a six-game winning streak, the Cincinnati Reds have climbed from eight to four in the rankings, yet they remain behind the Cardinals in both the NL Central and the Power Rankings. Also from the NL Central, the Pittsburgh Pirates have won six of seven games and jumped from 14th to seventh in the rankings. Over in the AL Central, the Cleveland Indians have been a surprise team, due in large part to their pitching. A 14-4 run over the last 18 games has moved them from 16th to sixth. The hottest team at the start of the season, the Atlanta Braves have dropped five of six and slid from sixth to 12th in the rankings. A couple of injuries in the starting rotation knocked the Baltimore Orioles from fifth to 14th, two wins in the last nine games sent the Colorado Rockies from ninth to 15th and the Milwaukee Brewers, losing 12 of the last 14, continued to fall, from 17th to 23rd. While the Toronto Blue Jays appear to be moving in the right direction, winning seven of their last 10, they remain parked in 27th for another week. Its still fair to have concerns about a team with a 4.75 staff ERA, so well wait and see if there is continued improvement on the mound. Scott Cullen can be reached at Scott.Cullen@bellmedia.ca and followed on Twitter at http://twitter.com/tsnscottcullen. For more, check out TSN Fantasy on Facebook. Custom Packers T-shirts . 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But upon contemplating the Clippers first-round playoff loss to the Portland Trail Blazers, he said unfinished business pulled him back to Los Angeles for another title run.I think why not give it one more shot, especially the way we went out of the playoffs, the injuries, Pierce said at Clippers media day Monday. Obviously, youve got to be good, youve got to be lucky, but I just want to just give it one more shot.Like I said, to win a championship here for the Los Angeles Clippers would be monumental, and if I can be a part of that, thats something I thought about, and thats something that drove me from August, starting in August on.Clippers coach Doc Rivers addressed Pierces decision to make this season his last as an NBA player.Paul has meant a lot to me, obviously, said Rivers, who won an NBA title with Pierce in Boston in 2008. When you win a title with someone, just like him and KG [Kevin Garnett] and the whole group, youre connected with that person, those people for the rest of your lives, and you should be.Earlier this month, Rivers said Pierce was on the fence about returning for another season but that he believed Pierce has something left in the tank.Pierce played the first 15 seasons of his career in Boston, nine of them forr Rivers.ddddddddddddRivers recruited Pierce to Los Angeles last season as a veteran presence with knowledge of how to win an NBA championship, hoping he would be the final piece to push the Clippers over the top. But injuries to All-Stars?Blake Griffin and Chris Paul led to a first-round postseason exit.Paul is not going to be in a lot of highlights, but when you watch how he played, and fundamentally how well he played, I think thats actually what kids should really watch, is how he did it without using his athleticism that he actually has, Rivers said.Pierce has averaged 20.6 points and 5.7 rebounds per game in his career. After his Boston tenure, he spent one season with the Brooklyn Nets, another with the Washington Wizards and last year with the Clippers. He averaged 6.1 points and 2.7 rebounds per game last season.With the Clippers, in the city where I grew up, I feel like I have that opportunity on a great team,?Pierce wrote Monday. Were hungry. We want to win a championship.After 18 NBA years, its hard to believe Ill be playing in each arena for the last time. So Im going to enjoy every practice, every bus ride, every team dinner, every time running out through the tunnel. Im going to do my part to give us a shot at the ultimate goal.Pierce was the No. 10 pick out of Kansas in the 1998 NBA draft. The 10-time All-Star is currently 16th on the NBA all-time scoring list with 26,316 points.Ive been in the NBA 18 years, but Ive been playing basketball, like, 30 years, Pierce said Monday. Its hard to walk away from that, but like most homes, you get that 30-year mortgage. Ive paid it off, so its time to ride off into the sunset. ' ' '