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The Times' baseball rankings

Zach Helfand ranks the 30 Major League Baseball teams.

Last week's ranking in parentheses, statistics are through Friday's games:

1. ST. LOUIS: The Cardinals responded to Adam Wainwright's injury by winning 10 of their next 13. (2)

2. DODGERS: Each Zack Greinke start is becoming must-watch. Of course, most of you still can't. (5)

3. N.Y. YANKEES: Alex Rodriguez (.894 OPS) and Mark Teixeira (.958) are partying like it's 2009. (7)

4. DETROIT: David Price left Friday's game with a strained hamstring. (4)

5. HOUSTON: The Astros are second in the major leagues in home runs. (3)

6. KANSAS CITY: All-Star closer Greg Holland returns to what was already the best bullpen in the majors. (1)

7. MINNESOTA: Eddie Rosario hit a home run on his first big league pitch and helped the Twins win eight of nine. (23)

8. WASHINGTON: Nationals have become a very hot team, and Bryce Harper is simply on fire. (15)

9. N.Y. METS: Noah Syndergaard will make his debut Tuesday. For most teams, he's the ace in waiting. Not for the Mets. (10)

10. CHICAGO CUBS: Jon Lester is 0 for 50 lifetime as a hitter — which qualifies him to play second base for the Phillies. (8)

11. SAN DIEGO: James Shields is 4-0 despite a 4.25 earned-run average. (11)

12. TAMPA BAY: Latest Tommy John surgery victim: Alex Cobb. (13)

13. SAN FRANCISCO: All the way back to .500 thanks to a rejuvenated Tim Lincecum. (25)

14. TORONTO: Rookie Devon Travis is the Joc Pederson of the American League, with seven home runs and 23 RBIs. (18)

15. CINCINNATI: Or maybe it's Todd Frazier, who has 10 singles and 10 home runs. (20)

16. ANGELS: Performances like Jered Weaver's shutout Friday are helping buoy the lineup. (12)

17. ATLANTA: Freddie Freeman is batting .324 with five homers and 18 RBIs (26)

18. MIAMI: Dee Gordon is tops among all hitters in wins above replacement. (16)

19. ARIZONA: Tuffy Gosewisch was six for eight with five RBIs in two games. Also has the best name in the league. (21)

20. TEXAS: The Rangers have the worst batting average in the league. (27)

21. CHICAGO WHITE SOX: It took the White Sox 25 games to score 83 runs. It took the Blue Jays 14. (24)

22. OAKLAND: Stephen Vogt is the (very) early front-runner for MVP. And no, you're not hallucinating (22)

23. BALTIMORE: Orioles' starters are 11th in the American League in ERA. (17)

24. CLEVELAND: Reigning Cy Young winner Corey Kluber is 0-5. (28)

26. PITTSBURGH: The Buccos have lost six of seven. (9)

25. SEATTLE: The Mariners have the second-worst run differential in the American League. (19)

27. MILWAUKEE: New Manager Craig Counsell has injected some life. Will it last? (30)

28. PHILADELPHIA: Beating Matt Harvey might be Philadelphia's best sports moment until football season. (29)

29. BOSTON: Pitching is horrible. Can you deflate a baseball? (6)

30. COLORADO: Losers of eight in a row. When it rains, it pours in Denver. (14)

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