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Mike Harrington’s MLB Power Rankings for May 31

(Through Friday night’s games, last week in parenthesis)

1. St. Louis Cardinals. Holliday becomes first NL player to reach base in 43 straight games to open season. (2)

2. Kansas City Royals. Guthrie gets only three outs, gives up 11 runs in Bronx bombing. (1)

3. Houston Astros. Amazingly, they’re buyers. Need starting pitching. (3)

4. San Francisco Giants. Maybe they won’t get victimized by odd-year slide. (7)

5. Los Angeles Dodgers. Host Cardinals in showdown series opening Friday. (5)

6. Minnesota Twins. FOX squirming over thought of Minny-Houston ALCS. (9)

7. Washington Nationals. Concerns growing over injuries to Werth, Strasburg. (6)

8. Detroit Tigers. Verlander to pitch Sunday for Toledo on rehab at Indy. (4)

9. New York Mets. Biggest disparity in MLB: 20-7 at home, 7-15 on road. (11)

10. Pittsburgh Pirates. Scored 46 runs in seven-game winning streak. (19)

11. Chicago Cubs. Bryant needed time in minors at start of season? Yeah, right. (8).

12. New York Yankees. Tanaka returns to rotation Wednesday. (13)

13. Tampa Bay Rays. Archer has 82 strikeouts in 68 innings. (10)

14. Los Angeles Angels. Acquired ex-Bison Nieuwenhuis from Mets. (12)

15. Seattle Mariners. Finally got to .500 with 7-3 run. (20)

16. Texas Rangers. It was a happy homecoming for Hamilton. (21)

17. Atlanta Braves. Uribe’s bat can definitely help lineup. (14)

18. Baltimore Orioles. This time, fans were able to watch them play White Sox. (16)

19. San Diego Padres. Norris K’s four times, then blasts walkoff slam to beat Bucs. (18)

20. Chicago White Sox. Sale collects 12 Ks in first career win over Orioles. (17)

21. Toronto Blue Jays. Buehrle guts out complete game after four-run first in Minny. (25)

22. Arizona Diamondbacks. Goldschmidt having huge power season. (15)

23. Cleveland Indians. “Cy Kluber” has returned to being an ace. (24)

24. Boston Red Sox. Big Papi still under .220 as June dawns. (22)

25. Colorado Rockies. One of these years, they’ll realize Tulo can bring a huge package. (27)

26. Cincinnati Reds. Best ejection of season: Price during lineup exchange in Cleveland. (23)

27. Miami Marlins. Jennings fallout a huge issue in fractured clubhouse. (28)

28. Philadelphia Phillies. Howard, Hamels will have plenty of interest. (26)

29. Oakland Athletics. Good thing most folks in Bay Area following Warriors. (30)

30. Milwaukee Brewers. Braun’s OPS in May nearly 1.000 (29)