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The Times' MLB rankings

Zach Helfand ranks the 30 Major League Baseball teams.

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

1. KANSAS CITY: The Royals gave up one run in a four-game stretch, and they weren't even playing the Dodgers. (5)

2. WASHINGTON: The Nationals haven't been shut out three times all season. (7)

3. ST. LOUIS: The Cardinals had their own record chase going, 23 scoreless innings before breaking through Saturday. (2)

4. SAN FRANCISCO: Seven-game winning streak has Giants rising faster than San Francisco apartment prices. (16)

5. DETROIT: James McCann has two home runs in his career. One was a walk-off against Houston on Thursday. (3)

6. HOUSTON: Dallas Keuchel's 6-0 record is the team's best start since Roger Clemens in 2004. (6)

7. CHICAGO CUBS: Infield is so loaded, there's no room for Javier Baez, who hit nine home runs in 52 games last season. (4)

8. DODGERS: It's pretty clear that San Francisco owns the Dodgers, so maybe the Giants can fix the TV situation? (1)

9. ANGELS: Mike Trout is the best at a lot of things. Sliding now can be added to the list. (9)

10. TAMPA BAY: The Rays have the worst record of any division leader. (10)

11. MINNESOTA: Joe Mauer hit his first home run of the season during the week. (8)

12. NEW YORK METS: David Wright's rehab has been shut down indefinitely. Offense is not on the way. (12)

13. ARIZONA: Nick Ahmed has two career home runs, and one was off $155-million Cubs ace Jon Lester on Friday. (21)

14. ATLANTA: The Braves are the early winners of the Shelby Miller for Jason Heyward trade. Miller is 5-1. (17)

15. BALTIMORE: Jimmy Paredes has reached base in every game this month, 24 in a row overall. (24)

16. CHICAGO WHITE SOX: The team retired Paul Konerko's number. They might consider asking him to DH, too. (14)

17. SEATTLE: If he can keep this up and stay healthy, Nelson Cruz has a reasonable shot at 60 home runs. (20)

18. CLEVELAND: Winners of five games in a row … and still in last place in the division. (25)

19. TEXAS: Prince Fielder is back. He's batting .351 with eight home runs and 30 runs batted in. (23)

20. NEW YORK YANKEES: Had they lost eight of nine when George Steinbrenner was owner, pink slips would abound. (11)

21. SAN DIEGO: Matt Kemp is tied for the worst wins above replacement in May in the major leagues. (13)

22. BOSTON: Hanley Ramirez, another former Dodger, is tied with Kemp in the dubious WAR statistic (see above). (19)

23. PITTSBURGH: Pirates don't crack the top 20 in batting average, on-base percentage, slugging or runs. (22)

24. CINCINNATI: Manager Bryan Price was ejected before Saturday's game. He doesn't want to watch team, either. (15)

25. TORONTO: Starters' earned-run average of 5.20 is rising dangerously close to Colorado Rockies levels.(18)

26. PHILADELPHIA: Party like it's 2011. Ryan Howard leads the Phillies in home runs and RBIs. (27)

27. MILWAUKEE: Will Smith was suspended for having a foreign substance on his arm. (28)

28. COLORADO: The Rockies started out 4-0. That was a long, long time ago. (30)

29. MIAMI: Losers of eight games in a row, Marlins are now behind even the Phillies. (26)

30. OAKLAND: Really, nothing has gone right for the Athletics since last year's trade deadline. (29)

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