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The Times' baseball rankings
The Times' baseball rankings

Last week’s ranking in parentheses. Statistics are through Friday’s games: 1. OAKLAND: After Lester deal, had best starting rotation in the American League — for a couple of hours. (1) 2. ANGELS: Reliever Joe Smith’s streak of retiring 31 consecutive right-handed batters ends vs. Orioles. (2) 3. DETROIT: Top three starters are the last three AL Cy Young winners; triple crown winner anchors batting order. (3) 4. DODGERS: Instant relief: Left-hander J.P. Howell is limiting first batters to a .116 average (five for 43). (6) 5. BALTIMORE: He’s a devil: Bud Norris lifetime vs. Angels is 4-0 with a 0.43 ERA over 41 2/3 innings in six starts. (5) 6....

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