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The Times' Major League Baseball rankings

The Times' Major League Baseball rankings
St. Louis Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter fields a ball hit by the Minnesota Twins during the third inning of a game on June 17. (Bruce Kluckhohn / Associated Press)

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

1. ST. LOUIS: The Cardinals lead the league in grit, wins and FBI investigations. (1)

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2. KANSAS CITY: The Royals limit their hacking to the All-Star game vote. (3)

3. PITTSBURGH: Former UCLA star Gerrit Cole has a league-best 11 wins. (4)

4. HOUSTON: The front office is changing all their passwords from WeLoveDallasKeuchel60 to something less obvious. (7)

5. DODGERS: Most useful info to hack into isn't the pitchers' game plans but the Dodgers' bank account. (2)

6. TAMPA BAY: In the past year, the Rays lost a general manager, manager and ace. They lead the division. (11)

7. TEXAS: Would be the season’s biggest overachiever, if not for the division-leading Astros. (13)

8. N.Y. YANKEES: Alex Rodriguez’s steroid-tainted 3,000th hit was caught by a mercenary home run catcher. Fitting. (6)

9. MINNESOTA: The latest big prospect call-up, Byron Buxton, tripled for his first major league hit. (8)

10. TORONTO: Here come the Blue Jays, who are moving up thanks to an 11-game winning streak. (12)

11. N.Y. METS: Here’s a worthy hacking target: the Mets’ amateur pitching scouting. (10)

12. CHICAGO CUBS: Or the Cubs' amateur hitting scouting. Newest slugger Kyle Schwarber made his debut Tuesday. (5)

13. ANGELS: Albert Pujols is looking like his old self. He hit .354 with 12 home runs and 25 RBIs over 21 games. (15)

14. SAN FRANCISCO: If not for the Dodgers, the Giants wouldn’t be over .500. (9)

15. BALTIMORE: The Orioles won four series in a row to get into the American League East race. (16)

16. WASHINGTON: The only thing separating Max Scherzer from two straight no-hitters was a broken-bat single. (14)

17. ARIZONA: Weekly Paul Goldschmidt update: He hit .417 with two homers in the seven days since last rankings. (23)

18. DETROIT: Miguel Cabrera recently eclipsed 1,400 RBIs and 400 home runs with a career .321 average — and he’s still 32. (18)

19. ATLANTA: Matt Wisler was the first Braves starter with an eight-inning debut since John Smoltz, according to ESPN. (21)

20. CINCINNATI: There should be lots of juicy Johnny Cueto trade conversations to hack into right about now. (19)

21. CLEVELAND: The day after the Cavaliers lost in the NBA finals, the Indians lost 17-0. Sorry, Cleveland fans. (22)

22. SAN DIEGO: The Padres lost four of five after firing Bud Black. The manager wasn’t the problem. (17)

23. SEATTLE: In the past 10 games, the Mariners have lost 6-0, 7-0, 10-0 and 13-0. Maybe Edgar Martinez will help. (26)

24. MIAMI: Giancarlo Stanton is on pace for 59 home runs and 148 RBIs. (25)

26. OAKLAND: Maybe the A's were too busy watching the Warriors to focus on baseball. (28)

25. BOSTON: Maybe the Cardinals hacked Pablo Sandoval’s Instagram account. He was using it during a game. (27)

27. COLORADO: For the second time this season, the Rockies have gone 10 games with one win or fewer. (24)

28. CHICAGO WHITE SOX: Chris Sale has gone six starts with 10 or more strikeouts — and the Sox are still falling. (20)

29. MILWAUKEE: The Brewers have had four losing streaks this season of five games or longer. (29)

30. PHILADELPHIA: Phillies don't have to bother changing passwords. They don't have anything worth hacking. (30)

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