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Rafael Furcal
The Times' Major League Baseball rankings
The Times' Major League Baseball rankings

Mike Hiserman ranks the 30 teams. Last week’s ranking in parentheses; statistics are through Friday’s games: 1. OAKLAND: Catchers Derek Norris, John Jaso and Stephen Vogt have combined for a .309 average, 20 homers and 83 RBIs. (1) 2. ANGELS: Rotation ERA at the break: last year, 4.57. This year, 3.81. Can it hold up? (4) 3. DETROIT: Another hot-hitting Martinez: J.D. is batting .431 with four homers and 11 RBIs in 13 games this month. (2) 4. DODGERS: Clayton Kershaw’s last eight starts, all wins: 61 innings, five earned runs, 0.56 ERA, 80 strikeouts, six walks. (5) 5. BALTIMORE: Injuries to three top hitters, a change in closer, and 35 of first 58 games on the...