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The Times' Major League Baseball rankings

The Oakland Athletics remain at the top of this week's baseball rankings by The Times

Mike Hiserman ranks the 30 teams. Last week’s ranking in parentheses; statistics are through Friday’s games:

1. OAKLAND: Catchers Derek Norris, John Jaso and Stephen Vogt have combined for a .309 average, 20 homers and 83 RBIs. (1)

2. ANGELS: Rotation ERA at the break: last year, 4.57. This year, 3.81. Can it hold up? (4)

3. DETROIT: Another hot-hitting Martinez: J.D. is batting .431 with four homers and 11 RBIs in 13 games this month. (2)

4. DODGERS: Clayton Kershaw’s last eight starts, all wins: 61 innings, five earned runs, 0.56 ERA, 80 strikeouts, six walks. (5)

5. BALTIMORE: Injuries to three top hitters, a change in closer, and 35 of first 58 games on the road haven’t derailed O’s. (6)

6. ATLANTA: Dan Uggla, released Friday, had established Braves’ single-season strikeout record last three years running. (7)

7. ST. LOUIS: Two years ago, Cardinals had five players with 20-plus homers. Only Jhonny Peralta is on pace to do it this year. (10)

8. SEATTLE: All-Star Robinson Cano has streak of five consecutive seasons with 25 home runs; at the break he had seven. (9)

9. WASHINGTON: Anthony Rendon will be an All-Star before he’s an MLB spokesman. He may never be either. (3)

10. SAN FRANCISCO: Tim Hudson’s last five starts: 0-4 record, 6.07 ERA. Before that, 7-2, 1.97. (11)

11. MILWAUKEE: Shortstop Jean Segura rejoins Brewers after death of his 9-month-old son in the Dominican Republic. (8)

12. CINCINNATI: The 90 mph threshold used to mark a lively fastball. That’s the speed of Aroldis Chapman’s changeup. (12)

13. PITTSBURGH: Reliever Tony Watson (6-1, four saves, 1.39 ERA) didn’t allow a hit in 25 of his first 43 appearances. (15)

14. CLEVELAND: Michael Bourn’s surgically repaired left hamstring still slowing him down; has only seven steals. (17)

15. N.Y. YANKEES: Four-fifths of the opening-day starting rotation is on the disabled list; two are out for the season. (16)

16. KANSAS CITY: Manager Ned Yost has a good eye. Royals lead MLB in successful challenges, 17 out of 25. (13)

17. TORONTO: Blue Jays had baseball’s best offense in April and May; scored six runs in recent five-game losing streak vs. Angels and A’s. (14)

18. CHICAGO WHITE SOX: Jose Abreu on pace to match Albert Belle’s club HR record of 49, despite missing 14 games with ankle injury. (18)

19. TAMPA BAY: Outfielder Kevin Kiermaier (.315, eight homers in 48 games) a diamond in a rough season for Rays. (20)

20. N.Y. METS: Manager Collins says Jacob deGrom will stay in rotation even though he’s closing in fast on 175-inning limit. (21)

21. BOSTON: Reigning World Series champs are batting .246 and are last in the AL in runs, slugging percentage and total bases. (24)

22. MIAMI: Dodgers fans will be shocked by this: injuries limited Rafael Furcal to nine games in the first half. (19)

23. MINNESOTA: DL might be safest place for $49-million free agent Ricky Nolasco, who has given up AL-leading 68 runs on 140 hits. (27)

24. PHILADELPHIA: Chase Utley loves playing in Philly. Jonathan Papelbon would rather be with a winner. (23)

25. COLORADO: Spot starters aren’t getting it done. Eight who have made at least one start are a combined 2-23 with a 6.26 ERA. (25)

26. ARIZONA: Diamondbacks fans surely wondering when Tony La Russa will start working his magic. Uh, Tony? Tony? (28)

27. HOUSTON: Jose Altuve has outside shot at Craig Biggio’s club single-season hit record of 210; he has 131 with 65 games left. (29)

28. SAN DIEGO: Padres hit a MLB-record low of .171 in June and entered the All-Star break getting blanked in back-to-back games. (22)

29. CHICAGO CUBS: Club says Kris Bryant — .346, 31 homer, 81 RBIs in 92 games — will stay down on the farm this season. (26)

30. TEXAS: Rangers opened the second half with four catchers on their 25-man active roster. (30)

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