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Detroit is The Times' top-ranked MLB team
The Dodgers and Angels move into top 10 of The Times' MLB rankings
Angels' Mike Trout is hitting .154 in May with five more strikeouts (18) than hits and runs combined

Kevin Baxter ranks the 30 teams. Last week's ranking in parentheses, statistics are through Friday:

1. DETROIT: Tigers starters have given up more than three runs in a game only twice since April 18 (1)

2. OAKLAND: Athletics have outscored opponents by 81 runs, or two runs per game, best in the majors. (7)

3. MILWAUKEE: Ryan Braun returns but Aramis Ramirez (hamstring), Carlos Gomez (back, suspension) are out. (4)

4. SAN FRANCISCO: At 10-5, the Giants have the best record in the National League in May. (2)

5. COLORADO: Troy Tulowitzki leads NL in hitting and home runs, is No. 2 in runs batted in, to make early triple-crown run. (5)

6. BALTIMORE: Tommy Hunter can't close deals, gives up six runs, blows two save chances in last 11/3 innings. (3)

7. ANGELS: Mike Trout is hitting .154 in May with five more strikeouts (18) than hits and runs combined. (13)

8. WASHINGTON: Reliever Tyler Clippard leads staff in wins because club has league's best offense after seventh inning. (10)

9. ATLANTA: First-place Braves scored just six runs in 14 May games and the worst average (.218) in majors during the month. (9)

10. DODGERS: Outfielders Andre Ethier, Matt Kemp, Yasiel Puig and Carl Crawford hitting .365 combined in May (15)

11. ST. LOUIS: Rotation leads the majors with 20 wins and the bullpen has an MLB-low two victories. (16)

12. N.Y. YANKEES: CC Sabathia goes to DL with one of highest salaries ($23 million) and one of highest ERAs (5.28) in AL. (8)

13. MIAMI: Marlins lose ace Jose Fernandez for the season, then lose five of their next seven games (6)

14. CHI. WHITE SOX: Cubans Alexi Ramirez, Jose Abreu, Dayan Viciedo combine to hit .291 with 23 HRs, 82 RBIs. (14)

15. TORONTO: Bullpen has given up MLB-high 88 runs and Blue Jays are 0-17 when trailing in the seventh inning. (17)

16. TEXAS: Rangers catchers are hitting a combined .180 with more errors (4) than home runs (3). (11)

17. MINNESOTA: Kurt Suzuki leads AL catchers with .322 average, .390 on-base percentage. (24)

18. CINCINNATI: Johnny Cueto tops majors in ERA (1.25), strikeouts (76), but gets only three runs of support per start. (20)

19. KANSAS CITY: Salvador Perez, Mike Moustakas lead club with four HRs, one fewer than David Ortiz hit last week. (18)

20. BOSTON: Former Twin Ortiz hitting .509/.563/1.053 with nine HRs, 22 RBIs in 14 career games at Target Field. (21)

21. SEATTLE: Bullpen is tied for fewest wins (four) and most losses (10, nearly half the team's total) in the AL. (12)

22. TAMPA BAY: Ben Zobrist takes team-leading 24 runs with him to the team's crowded disabled list. (26)

23. SAN DIEGO: Padres are 7-7 in May despite having a league-leading 2.47 ERA for the month. (27)

24. CLEVELAND: Indians cleanup hitters are batting a big-league-low .163. (19)

25. PITTSBURGH: Pirates rotation is a major league-worst 4-17. (25)

26. N.Y. METS: Bartolo Colon has given up 28 hits and an MLB-high 17 runs in 17 1/3 innings this month. (22)

27. PHILADELPHIA: Aging Phillies have been shut out four times in last 10 games. (23)

28. ARIZONA: Team ERA is down 1.33 to 3.78 in May, helping team to a winning record for the month. (29)

29. HOUSTON: Dallas Keuchel's shutout of Rangers last week was only the sixth in five seasons for the Astros. (30)

30. CHICAGO CUBS: Anthony Rizzo hitting 109 points higher vs. left-handers this year over last; OBP is way up too. (28)

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