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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. Athletics: No money? They have gone longer into season without using a rookie than any team since 1971 Orioles.

2. Angels: Franchise rookies with two 10-strikeout games: Bo Belinsky, Frank Tanana, Ken McBride, and Matt Shoemaker.

3. Tigers: Next home run ties Miguel Cabrera, 31, with Frank Howard and Jim Rice on all-time list.

4. Rays: This week brings merciful end to nonstop “Will they trade David Price?” stories (until the off-season, anyway).

5. Orioles: Jim Johnson saved 101 games for Baltimore in 2012-13, a bust in Oakland this year. Reunion...