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The Times' baseball rankings

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The Giants are The Times' top-ranked MLB team
The Dodgers fall out of the top 10 of The Times' rankings, to No. 13
The Angels slip out of The Times' top five, to No. 6

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

1. SAN FRANCISCO: With 4 starters hitting over .300 in May, Giants have MLB's best record and largest division lead. (2)

2. TORONTO: Encarnacion ties Mickey Mantle's league record with 16 homers in May. He had two entering the month. (6)

3. DETROIT: Victor Martinez, Miguel Cabrera are 1-2 in the AL in hitting. (3)

4. OAKLAND: Balanced Athletics have scored the most runs in the majors (279) and given up the fewest (175). (1)

5. MILWAUKEE: After fast start, first-place Brewers entered final day of May with a losing record for the month. (4)

6. ANGELS Struggling bullpen (4.06 ERA, six blown saves) will be without Sean Burnett for the rest of the season. (5)

7. ATLANTA: Reliever Craig Kimbrel has struck out 36 of the 59 batters (61%) he has retired. (8)

8. ST. LOUIS: With Cardinals outfielders hitting a combined .254, the team Friday called up top prospect Oscar Taveras. (7)

9. MIAMI: Marlins, last in the majors in hitting and runs in 2013, are second in the NL in both categories this season. (13)

10. N.Y. YANKEES: Ellsbury has reached base in 7 of 8 extra-inning appearances, longest streak by a Yank since 1964. (16)

11. TEXAS: Powerless Rangers rank 28th in the majors with 34 homers in 55 games. (20)

12. COLORADO: Lyles, De La Rosa are 11-4, 3.56 combined. Rest of rotation? 9-13, 4.77. (11)

13. DODGERS: As a pitcher, Butera has retired 5 of 7 batters faced. As a catcher, he leads MLB with 7 passed balls. (9)

14. CHICAGO WHITE SOX: White Sox lead the majors with 102 runs from the seventh inning on — 41 coming in the ninth. (15)

15. PITTSBURGH: Pirates have played an MLB-high 26 one-run games, winning 15 of them. (21)

16. BALTIMORE: Nelson Cruz leads the majors with 19 HRs and leads the league with 49 RBIs. (12)

17. KANSAS CITY: Royals scored 14 runs in two games after Dale Sveum became sixth hitting coach in 20 months. (19)

18. SEATTLE: Robinson Cano's power numbers are way down, but he's third in the AL in hitting (.327). (14)

19. WASHINGTON: Nats are an MLB-best 22-2 when they score four or more runs and 4-25 when they don't. (17)

20. MINNESOTA: Twins have had just one winning month in the last three seasons. (10)

21. N.Y. METS: Ranked 12th in the NL in hitting (.237), 14th in homers (34), Mets fired hitting coach Dave Hudgens on Monday. (25)

22. PHILADELPHIA: Phillies were shut out six times — and no-hit once — in May on their way to the NL East cellar. (25)

23. HOUSTON: Staff ERA is 1.14 during seven-game winning streak. (30)

24. BOSTON: Red Sox become first team in a decade to follow a double-digit losing streak with a five-game winning streak. (20)

25. CLEVELAND: RHP Corey Kluber goes 4-0 with a 2.09 ERA and MLB-high 60 strikeouts in 43 innings in May. (22)

26. SAN DIEGO: Street has converted 16 consecutive save opportunities and 41 of last 42 dating to May 14, 2013. (23)

27. CINCINNATI: Sure-handed Reds have committed a league-low 25 errors and allowed given up just 12 unearned runs. (19)

28. ARIZONA: Collmenter and Arroyo are 7-1, 2.39 in last 13 starts while the team is 10-3. (27)

29. TAMPA BAY: Rays suffer through three four-game losing streaks in their worst May since 2007. (26)

30. CHICAGO CUBS: Starlin Castro's 611 hits since 2011 are the most by a big league shortstop. (29)

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