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The Times’ baseball rankings

Jered Weaver
Pitcher Jered Weaver is one of four players left on the Angels from the team’s last playoff appearance in 2009.
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Last week’s ranking in parentheses; statistics are through Friday’s games:
 
1. ANGELS: Players left from last playoff appearance (2009): Jered Weaver, Howie Kendrick, Erick Aybar, Kevin Jepsen. (1)
 
2. BALTIMORE: Drug suspension ends Chris Davis’ season at .196, lowest average for qualifying player in Orioles history. (2)
 
3. WASHINGTON: Anthony Rendon could be first  player in D.C. to lead league in runs since George Case (1943 Senators). (3)
 

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4. SAN FRANCISCO: Hunter Pence has played 1,309 of Giants’ 1,316 innings — all in RF, without a half-day off at DH. (5)

5. DODGERS: Kershaw and Greinke and three days of . . . hey, what rhymes with Greinke? (4)
 
6. SEATTLE: Hisashi Iwakuma, the prince to King Felix: 7.50 ERA in last four starts. (8)
 
7. DETROIT: Miguel Cabrera through Sept. 12: 2012 —.328, 36 HR, 108 RBI; 2013 — .349, 43, 133; 2014 — .310, 22, 101. (9)
 

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8. ST. LOUIS: This week’s bobblehead: beloved coach and former utility man Jose Oquendo. (7)
 
9. KANSAS CITY: Reliever Wade Davis, ERA by month: April 2.92, May 0.00, June 0.79, July 0.00, August 0.00, September 0.00. (6)
 
10. PITTSBURGH: McCutchen,  inside-park HR; Pujols triples. Whose speed is more impressive? McCutchen: “Pujols.” (16)
 
11. MILWAUKEE: Francisco Rodriguez’s 41 saves are his most since he set record of 62 for 2008 Angels. (15)
 
12. TORONTO: Mark Buerhle brings a baby lion and baby tiger into the Jays clubhouse because, why not? (14)
 
13. OAKLAND: Adam Dunn: 1,986 games without a playoff appearance, most among active players. Sorry, not so fast. (10)
 
14. ATLANTA: How are Braves closer to .500 than to first? Scored zero or one run in seven of 12 games. (11)
 
15. CLEVELAND: When Dodgers traded Santana, they said he wouldn’t stick at C. This year: 83 games at 1B, 26 at 3B, 11 at C. (12)
 

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16. NY YANKEES: Where have you gone, Sabathia and Rivera? Pitchers Friday named Mitchell, Outman, Phelps, Hill, Roe. (13)
 
17. TAMPA BAY: 27-27 in new Yankee Stadium, 26-65 in old Yankee Stadium. (18)
 
18. NY METS: Closer Jenrry Mejia’s latest celebration: pretending to reel in the opposing hitter, like a fisherman. (19)
 
19. SAN DIEGO: Welcome, IF Cory Spangenberg, 10th pick in 2011 draft. No. 11: George Springer. No. 14: Jose Fernandez. (23)
 
20. HOUSTON: Records since Aug. 1: Astros 21-17, Athletics 15-25. (20)
 
21. BOSTON: Their season’s a disaster, and now they’re spoiling a dream: Red Sox 5-0 vs. Royals, 60-83 vs. all others. (22)
 
22. PHILADELPHIA: Phillies  19-4 when setup man Ken Giles (1.11), closer Jonathan Papelbon (1.59) appear in same game. (21)
 
23. CHICAGO WHITE SOX:  Mlb.com headline, referring to Chris Sale’s ERA: “Cy Young for Sale? Only 1.99!” (26)
 

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24. MIAMI: Franchise heartbeat stops when Stanton is hit in face by pitch, restarts with tweet from hospital: “much better.” (17).
 
26. MINNESOTA: Mauer got $184 million after ’09, when he hit 28 HR — the only time in 11 years he hit even half that many. (27)
 
25. CINCINNATI: If not for Reds’  Zack Cozart, Derek Jeter would have lowest slugging percentage for a SS in majors. (24)
 
27. CHICAGO CUBS: Wrigley Field debut, 1914: 78 wins in 154 games. Centennial season: on pace for 71 wins in 162 games. (25)
 
28. COLORADO: Rockies score two runs or fewer in 10 consecutive road games, longest such skid since 1963 Mets. (28)
 
29. TEXAS: Could be first 100-loss season since 1973, when they put high school pitcher David Clyde in their rotation. (30)
 
30. ARIZONA: Paul Goldschmidt hasn’t batted since July 31, likely to finish year leading team in runs, homers, doubles. (29)
 


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