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Bill Shaikin ranks the 30 teams. Last week’s ranking in parentheses, statistics are through Friday’s games:

1. OAKLAND: Jon Lester’s last 204 starts with Red Sox: one shutout. Lester’s first two starts with A’s: one shutout. (1)

2. BALTIMORE: Nelson Cruz: 34, one year after Biogenesis suspension, sixth straight year with 22+ HR. (5)

3. DODGERS: .564 winning percentage would be lowest for team with NL’s best record since 2007 Diamondbacks (.556). (4)

4. MILWAUKEE: Sunday’s giveaway is a chorizo-themed bobblehead doll, with a mustard-stained sombrero. (6)

5. ANGELS: They have used 25 relievers, most of any AL team, and six starting pitchers, fewest of any AL team. (2)

6. DETROIT: What pitcher has given up most runs in baseball? Justin Verlander, who might be No. 5 among Tigers starters. (3)

7. PITTSBURGH: 3B Pedro Alvarez, with 15 HRs and MLB-high 24 errors, soon could become a 1B. (9)

8. KANSAS CITY: Royals rank last in AL in home runs, first in stolen bases. They are also last in walks. (13)

9. WASHINGTON: Stephen Strasburg gave up 2 HRs in April, 2 in May, 5 in June, 4 in July — and 4 on Friday. (8)

10. N.Y. YANKEES: The only players Jeter won’t top on all-time hit list: Rose, Cobb, Aaron, Musial, Speaker. (15)

11. SAN FRANCISCO: The Dan Uggla Experiment: 11 AB, 6 K, 0 H, 3 E. Giants have used eight second basemen this year. (12)

12. ST. LOUIS: Matt Carpenter is the only leadoff man in majors with 50 walks. (10)

13. SEATTLE: Felix Hernandez could become first AL pitcher with 20 starts and ERA under 2.00 since Pedro Martinez. (14)

14. ATLANTA: Relieved to be done with California this season. Not-so-Golden State record: 1-8. (11)

15. MIAMI: NL HR leader Giancarlo Stanton on pace to finish with 39 HRs. (20)

16. TORONTO: Jose Bautista: one of two qualifying major leaguers with more walks than strikeouts. (7)

17. CINCINNATI: NL ERA leader, non-Clayton Kershaw division: Reds’ Johnny Cueto (2.04). (17)

18. CLEVELAND: Carlos Santana is first player with 400 walks in first five seasons since Albert Pujols and Adam Dunn. (18)

19. CHICAGO WHITE SOX: In rare game, Dunn pitches one inning without striking anyone out. (19)

20. TAMPA BAY: Evan Longoria has a .394 slugging percentage, just ahead of Dodgers leadoff man Dee Gordon (.391). (16)

21. SAN DIEGO: New GM A.J. Preller goes from team 26 games out of first place to team 12 1/2 games out. (21)

22. N.Y. METS: Who’s on da roster? D’Arnaud (catcher), deGrom (pitcher), and den Dekker (outfielder). (23)

23. BOSTON: Red Sox 3B: .598 OPS. Only qualifying AL player with lower OPS: Sox OF Jackie Bradley Jr. (.584). (22)

24. CHICAGO CUBS: Biggest news last week was the guy they didn’t get: P Cole Hamels. (26)

26. MINNESOTA: The only AL player to score more runs than Mike Trout: Twins second baseman Brian Dozier. (24)

25. ARIZONA: Injured Paul Goldschmidt, whose last hit came in July, still leads NL in doubles and extra-base hits. (27)

27. HOUSTON: 5-foot-6 dynamo Jose Altuve leads MLB in total hits, including 26 infield hits — only one of them a bunt. (28)

28. PHILADELPHIA: Which pitcher did Phillies trade? Hamels? Cliff Lee? No, Roberto Hernandez. (25)

29. TEXAS: Leads majors in players used (55) and pitchers used (33). In contrast, Brewers have used 35 players. (30)

30. COLORADO: Troy Tulowitzki: “I’m sick and tired of losing.” Hey, the Dodgers will need a shortstop next season. (29)

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