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Los Angeles Times - - INSIDE BASEBALL -

Zach Helfand ranks the 30 teams. Last week’s rank­ing in paren­the­ses, sta­tis­tics are through Fri­day’s games:

1. ST. LOUIS: The Car­di­nals are con­tin­u­ing to hack down the com­pe­ti­tion. (1)

2. KANSAS CITY: Raul Mon­desi Jr. will play in the Fu­tures Game — if Roy­als fans don’t vote him as an All Star first. (2)

3. Max WASHINGTON:Scherzer is a no-hit­terAt this point, threat ev­ery time he starts. (16)

4. main HOUS­TON:in first place The de­spite Astros an reup-and-down June. (4)

5. still TAMPA throw­ing BAY: bull’s-eyes.Chris ArcherHe’s is un­de­feated in June. (6)

6. DODGERS: Clay­ton Ker­shaw and Zack Greinke bet­ter start hit­ting home runs if they want to win games. (5)

7. PITTSBURGH: These rank­ings were per­fect un­til the Pi­rates ru­ined them. (3)

8. CHICAGO CUBS: The Car­di­nals are still in the way. The Cubs have lost five of the teams’ first seven games. (12)

9. SAN FRAN­CISCO: Fun fact: The Giants hit three triples in a game for the first time since 1960. (14)

10. over­took TORONTO:the Car­di­nal­sThe Blue this Jays week for the the ma­jors. best (10)run dif­fer­en­tial in

11. have BAL­TI­MORE:lost only one The se­ries Ori­olesin all of June. (15)

12. derkind MIN­NESOTA:By­ron Bux­ton Twins’is off wun-to a shaky headed start,to the and dis­abled­now he’s list. (9)

13. and N.Y. Nathan YAN­KEES: Eo­valdi, Chris both Young Hous­ton day na­tives,win against were the he­roes Astros.in Fri-(8)

14. been AN­GELS:more than The four An­gels games haven’tfrom .500,son. (13)in ei­ther di­rec­tion, all sea

15. av­er­agesred-hot(7) TEXAS: Ranger­sat work:This lost was The six the on­cein lawa row.of

16. 17. hasn’tag­ing tween ARI­ZONA: DETROIT:234 2009 been in­ningsand the Paul Justin2013. sameper Gold­schmidt(18) year since Ver­lan­derbe- av­er­now above leads re­place­ment.the ma­jors (17)in wins

18. few open N.Y. games hit­ting METS: away try­out­sThe from Met­son hold­ing Cen­tralare a 19. Park’s five-game OAK­LAND:Great win­ning Lawn. The streak(11) Ath­let­ics’was their long­est of the sea­son. (26)

20. has than CINCINNATI:a Gian­car­lobet­ter slug­ging Stan­ton.Todd per­cent­ageFra­zier(20)

21. tered game AT­LANTA:just se­ries two with runs The the in Braves Na­tion­als.a three- mus(19)22. McClen­don SEAT­TLE: told Man­ager­fans to “re­lax Lloyd a lit­tle OK.” bit. Now This prove teamit. (23)is go­ing to be

23. penedyear’swith25. 24. still and CLEVE­LAND:BOS­TON:SAN sit­tin­gan a Cy 3.66to av­er­age DIEGO:Corey Young ERA.on fiveIn be­low Klu­ber?win­ner(21)the Matt home What Bos­ton.250. Kem­pis Last runs hap-3-9 (22) is Globe,that­ter.”27. 26. do homers league-bestal­ready CHICAGO COLORADO:Sound­s­the Dan and “Red has Shaugh­nessy­de­fense.60 aboutSox WHITE ex­ceed­edRBIs Nolanare right. with(27)a SOX: disas- Arena-20 (25) wrote Af­terof had28. in­jury­this games MI­AMI:team25 play­ing ex­tin­guisheshomers.last had Gian­car­loyear,the left. This same (24) Jose any year: Stan­ton’snum­berAbreuhope13. (28)

29. sion, points28% 30. man­ager PHILADELPHIA:MIL­WAU­KEE:fewer Ryan be­low Ryne homer­sBraun ca­reer Sand­berghas per Since av­er­age­hit game. Out­go­ing sus­pen-49 told with (29) re­porters,Phillies weren’t“I hate for to him. lose.” (30) The

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