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The Times' MLB rankings
The Times' MLB rankings

Last week's ranking in parenthesis. Statistics are through Friday's games. 1. KANSAS CITY: The Royals defense already has saved 29 runs. The next-closest team has saved 15. (1) 2. ST. LOUIS: Played 19 consecutive games against the dregs of the NL — Brewers, Reds, Nationals and Phillies. (2) 3. HOUSTON: Don't look now, but the Astros have won eight in a row. Actually look now. It can't last much longer. (14) 4. DETROIT: This team has never-ending closer issues. Joe Nathan underwent Tommy John surgery on Wednesday. (4) 5. DODGERS: Tried to move them to No. 4, sprained a finger typing, may be headed to writers' disabled list. (6) 6. BOSTON: The Red Sox...

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