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The Times' Major League Baseball rankings

The Oakland Athletics move into the top spot of this week's MLB rankings

The Times' Kevin Baxter shares his take on how baseball's 30 teams rank:

1. OAKLAND: Foes hitting only .217 against A’s, who are allowing fewer runners per inning (1.11) than any other team. (2)

2. SAN FRANCISCO: It’s 24-1 when leading in seventh inning; has given up MLB-low 42 runs from seventh inning on. (4)

3. DETROIT: Tigers give up 31 runs in a four-game losing streak, their longest slide in a year. (1)

4. MILWAUKEE: Aggressive Carlos Gomez hitting .531, with four of his 10 home runs, on the first pitch. (3)

5. ANGELS: Last time Angels were seven games over .500 after 47 games was 2008; won MLB-best 100 games that year. (6)

6. TORONTO: Edwin Encarnacion’s 11 home runs in May give the Blue Jays the MLB lead with 68. (15)

7. ST. LOUIS: Cardinals rotation (22-14, 2.97 ERA) is tied for most wins and has third-best ERA in majors. (11)

8. ATLANTA: No team in the National League has more shutouts (seven) or quality starts (34). (9)

9. DODGERS: Yasiel Puig was in minors last May; hitting .418 with NL-best seven home runs, 23 runs batted in this May. (10)

10. MINNESOTA: Second in American League in on-base percentage, but tops MLB at 7.76 runners left on base. (17)

11. COLORADO: Nolan Arenado (.305) out because of a broken finger, leaving Rockies with only seven .300 hitters. (5)

12. BALTIMORE: Chris Davis more than doubles season home run total in last seven days, hitting four. (3)

13. MIAMI: Marlins are a franchise-best 19-7 at home after 26 games but are an MLB-worst 6-17 on the road. (13)

14. SEATTLE: After averaging more than 28 home runs the last five years, Robinson Cano has only two this year. (21)

15. CHICAGO WHITE SOX: Chris Sale (4-0, 1.89) back from DL, retires first 17 batters in first start in more than a month. (14)

16. NEW YORK YANKEES: After first loss in 42 regular-season starts, including Japan, Masahiro Tanaka is 6-1, 2.39. (12)

17. WASHINGTON: Began Saturday with a chance to fall under .500 for the first time since Aug. 22. (8)

18. KANSAS CITY: James Shields wins three straight starts, going seven innings in each. (19)

19. CINCINNATI: Reds right fielders are hitting .192 combined, lowest average in the majors. (18)

20. TEXAS: Neck injury ends first baseman Prince Fielder’s streak of consecutive games at 547. (16)

21. PITTSBURGH: Jason Grilli comes off DL to earn first save since April 14. Pirates have blown MLB-high 11 save chances. (25)

22. CLEVELAND: A playoff team in 2013, Indians haven’t been above .500 this year since April 9. (24)

23. SAN DIEGO: Huston Street (13 saves) has given up one run in 18 games, fewest among full-time closers. (23)

24. NEW YORK METS: Their 6-14 record in May is the worst in the major leagues. (26)

26. TAMPA BAY: Consecutive walk-off wins last week marked first time Rays have done that since July 2009. (22)

25. PHILADELPHIA: With Cliff Lee, Chase Utley and Marlon Byrd, Phillies could make a big splash at the trade deadline. (27)

27. ARIZONA: Rookie Chase Anderson gives up six runs in two starts and wins both. He’s 2-0 with a 5.06 ERA. (28)

28. BOSTON: In losing eight games in a row, Red Sox have first winless homestand of six games or more since 1994. (20)

29. CHICAGO CUBS: Jeff Samardzija is winless in 10 starts despite having an NL-best 1.46 ERA. (30)

30. HOUSTON: Astros have scored three runs in last three games and have an AL-low 172 this season. (29)

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