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Power Rankings for June 15

(Through Thursday night’s games, last week in parentheses)

1. San Francisco Giants. Sit 18th in MLB in batting average but third in ERA. (1)

2. Oakland Athletics. Video of Cespedes’ throw home from LF in Anaheim will live forever. (3)

3. Milwaukee Brewers. Unheralded Lucroy is NL’s best hitting catcher, entering weekend at .341/.512/.910. (4)

4. Toronto Blue Jays. Offense disappeared without warning. (2)

5. Los Angeles Angels. Good grip on lead in AL wild-card race. (7)

6. Detroit Tigers. New Bisons callup Sanchez often compared to Verlander. (6)

7. Washington Nationals. Took 63 games to get to top of NL East. Trick now is to stay there. (8)

8. Atlanta Braves. Pitchers endured 28-run beating over final three games at Coors. (5)

9. Baltimore Orioles. In middle of stretch of 13 straight vs. AL East. (13)

10. Miami Marlins. Can’t possibly stay in race unless they improve 12-20 road mark. (9)

11. Seattle Mariners. Cano shows strong emotion in tribute to Jeter. (11)

12. New York Yankees. Tanaka (10-1, 2.02) gets ex-Bison ace Stroman in opener vs. Jays Tuesday. (10)

13. St. Louis Cardinals. Starters snapped club’s slump by piling up zeroes. (16)

14. Los Angeles Dodgers. Bats don’t support Ryu, Greinke. (12)

15. Kansas City Royals. Back in the race after four-game win streak. (19)

16. Cleveland Indians. Chisenhall just shy of ABs needed to qualify for AL batting lead. (17)

17. Chicago White Sox. With average pushing .350, Gillespie in same boat as Tribe’s Chisenhall. (15)

18. Minnesota Twins. Hit Motown last in AL Central – but only 3½ games out. (20)

19. Texas Rangers. Darvish finally gets first complete game in shutout of Marlins. (14)

20. Pittsburgh Pirates. Polanco can’t pitch too. (18)

21. Cincinnati Reds. Hoping to make a move now that Votto is back. (23)

22. Colorado Rockies. Tulo continues incredible home/road splits with averages of .477/.234. (21)

23. Houston Astros. Through 68 games, had more wins than Red Sox. Wow. (26)

24. Boston Red Sox. A 2-7 road trip included just one run in three games at Camden Yards. (24)

25. New York Mets. Alderson gives Collins the dreaded vote of confidence. Stay tuned. (22)

26. Philadelphia Phillies. Hamels fans 11 Padres to post 26th career game with double-digit Ks. (27)

27. Arizona Diamondbacks. Appear ready to climb out of last place. (29)

28. Chicago Cubs. Are 8-2 in last 10 at Wrigley and open 10-game stand Friday against Pirates. (28)

29. San Diego Padres. Entered weekend 2-8 in June, scoring just 17 runs in 10 games. (25)

30. Tampa Bay Rays. They’re sunk after franchise-record 31-inning scoreless streak. (30)

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