Middle East
Fortune struck for these Syrian migrants, but can they make it in California?

Jim Thome

The Times' baseball rankings

The Times' baseball rankings

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

1. DETROIT: Tigers start May off by winning 6 of 8 as Martinez, Cabrera combine to hit .338 with 5 HRs, 16 RBIs (1)

2. SAN FRANCISCO: Giants lose top power threat Brandon Belt for at least six weeks with a broken thumb. (3)

3. BALTIMORE: Orioles dodge a knife when Wieters, hitting a team-high .323, avoids season-ending surgery (8)

4. MILWAUKEE: Brewers have lost 8 of 12 since Ryan Braun went on the disabled list (2)

5. COLORADO: Tulowitzki hitting .608/.677/1.098 at home, .242/.366/.515 on the road. (4)

6. MIAMI: Mighty Marlins have spent eight days in first place this season,...