ESPN.com launched its first Power Rankings of the season and the Red Sox debut at No. 6. The American League owns each of the first six spots in the rankings, with the Yankees in the top spot. The Rays are also on top of the Sox at No. 5. Rounding out the AL East, the Blue Jays appear at No. 12 and Dan Duquette's Orioles are way down at 28th.
Joe McDonald, a native Rhode Islander, joined ESPNBoston.com as a Bruins and Red Sox reporter in February 2010. He worked at the Providence Journal for 18 years and covered the Red Sox, Bruins, Patriots, PawSox and Providence Bruins. He's a three-time winner of the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association's state Sportswriter of the Year for Rhode Island. Follow him on Twitter here.