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Oakland Athletes are the top team in this week's MLB rankings by @BillShaikin

Bill Shaikin ranks the 30 teams. Last week’s ranking in parentheses, statistics are through Friday’s games:

1. OAKLAND: Raiders owner wants to “tear that Oakland Coliseum down the minute the 2015 baseball season’s over.” (2)

2. MILWAUKEE: Back end of great ’pen came from Angels system: setup man Will Smith, closer Francisco Rodriguez. (3)

3. TORONTO: Mark Buehrle’s fastball averages only 83 mph, but his 2.32 ERA puts him in fast company. (4)

4. SAN FRANCISCO: Giants don’t win two World Series without Tim Lincecum, but he’s 25- 34, 4.79 ERA since start of 2012. (1)

5. DETROIT: Justin Verlander’s fastball velocity: 95.6 mph in 2009, 92.6 mph in ’14. Owed $140 million from 2015-2019. (8)

6. DODGERS: Last two no-hitters vs. them were combined. Last complete-game no-hitter vs. L.A.: Kent Mercker, 1994. (11)

7. KANSAS CITY: Royals last won 10 in a row in 1994, when Bob Hamelin beat Manny Ramirez for AL rookie of the year. (15)

8. ANGELS: For the fourth time in three years, Mike Scioscia removes Ernesto Frieri as closer. Maybe he’s not a closer. (6)

9. N.Y. YANKEES: Yeah, they’d welcome back A-Rod, if he could hit. Yankees 3Bs are on pace for 14 homers. (9)

10. BALTIMORE: Top prospect Kevin Gausman posts 0.95 ERA in three starts, is sent to minors because he has options. (13)

11. SEATTLE: Lefties never die: Joe Beimel, 37, who last pitched in the majors three years ago, has a 1.54 ERA in 26 games. (14)

12. ATLANTA: Starting 2B: Tommy La Stella (.326, $500,000). Benched 2B: Dan Uggla (.163, $13 million). (7)

13. WASHINGTON: Gio Gonzalez, just back from DL: 21-8, 2.89 in ’12, 11-8, 3.36 last year, 3-4, 4.85 this year. (5)

14. ST. LOUIS: In June, Cardinals are 4-0 when they throw a shutout, 5-9 when they give up even one run. (10)

15. MIAMI: Giancarlo Stanton is on pace for 44 home runs. Club record: 42, by Gary Sheffield, in 1996. (12)

16. PHILADELPHIA: Hold those trades! In 10 days, Phillies go from 7 1/2 games back in NL East to 3 1/2. (27)

17. CLEVELAND: OF Michael Brantley (.326, 11 HR) was not top prospect from Brewers in ’08 trade package for Sabathia. (20)

18. CINCINNATI: Cueto (1.92 ERA, best in MLB) has three complete games in 15 starts. Rest of Reds: 0 CG in 57 GS. (17)

19. PITTSBURGH: Mega-prospect Gregory Polanco hits in first 10 career games, three better than Roberto Clemente. (16)

20. CHICAGO WHITE SOX: Ex-Dodger Ronald Belisario has seven saves, has given up at least one run in four of them. (22)

21. TEXAS: The Rangers are 10-3 when Yu Darvish starts, 25-35 when anyone else does. (18)

22. MINNESOTA: 2B Brian Dozier had 15 HRs, 15 SBs in his first 68 games. Last player to do that: Matt Kemp, 2011. (19)

23. BOSTON: A’s paid $1 to buy minor leaguer Brad Mills for Friday start against Boston. Red Sox couldn’t beat him. (21)

24. HOUSTON: Astros have scored more runs than defending division champions in Atlanta, St. Louis and Boston. (24)

25. SAN DIEGO: Bad evaluation: The .214-hitting Padres traded Kyle Blanks to Oakland, where he is batting .318. (26)

27. CHICAGO CUBS: Jeff Samardzija has two wins and a 2.60 ERA. Travis Wood has seven wins and a 4.47 ERA. (28)

28. TAMPA BAY: Catcher Jose Molina is batting .152. His last extra-base hit: a double on Sept. 23, 2013. (30)

29. N.Y. METS: Bartolo Colon scores first run since ’02, when he was in Expos lineup with Vladimir, Wilton Guerrero. (25)

30. COLORADO: A mirage in the mountains, not the desert. Through May 7: 22-14 (.611). Since then: 12-25 (.324). (23)

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