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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. SAN FRANCISCO: With 4 starters hitting over .300 in May, Giants have MLB's best record and largest division lead. (2) 2. TORONTO: Encarnacion ties Mickey Mantle's league record with 16 homers in May. He had two entering the month. (6) 3. DETROIT: Victor Martinez, Miguel Cabrera are 1-2 in the AL in hitting. (3) 4. OAKLAND: Balanced Athletics have scored the most runs in the majors (279) and given up the fewest (175). (1) 5. MILWAUKEE: After fast start, first-place Brewers entered final day of May with a losing record for the month. (4) 6. ANGELS Struggling bullpen (4.06 ERA, six...

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