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Mike Harrington’s MLB Power Rankings for July 5

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

1. St. Louis Cardinals. Scouting director suddenly fired. There’s an Astros hacker. (1)

2. Houston Astros. Took over AL’s best record with impressive sweep of Royals. (3)

3. Kansas City Royals. Last 11 games before the break all at home. (2)

4. Pittsburgh Pirates. Cole talk has overshadowed huge bounceback season by Burnett (7-3, 2.05). (4)

5. Los Angeles Dodgers. Five straight winless starts for Kershaw. (5)

6. Washington Nationals. Controversial walkoff stymies Scherzer in Atlanta. (7)

7. Chicago Cubs. Went 7-0 vs. Mets, first 7-plus sweep for them since 10-0 mark vs. 1885 Buffalo Bisons. Really. (8)

8. New York Yankees. Great day for A-Rod: Gets 3,000 ball back, team donates milestone money to charity. (9)

9. Baltimore Orioles. Blanked in back-to-back games after 8-3 burst. (10)

10. Los Angeles Angels. Trout’s OPS at .978, pushing career high of .988. (17)

11. Minnesota Twins. Went 11-17 in June after a 20-7 May. (11)

12. San Francisco Giants. Cain goes five innings in first start in nearly a year. (14)

13. Toronto Blue Jays. Desperate for a veteran starting pitcher, not a Bison one. (13)

14. Tampa Bay Rays. Bats go silent vs. Tribe, leading to MLB-worst 27th home loss in Trop. (6)

15. Texas Rangers. Struggling after elbow surgery, 2010-11 postseason hero Feliz gets DFA’d. (12)

16. New York Mets. Alderson insists old friend Collins is not in danger. We’ll see. (15)

17. Detroit Tigers. With Miggy down for six weeks, they could be toast. (16)

18. Atlanta Braves. Miller trade has produced staff ace. (19)

19. Arizona Diamondbacks. Syracuse native Corbin makes first start since 2013 after Tommy John. (20)

20. Cleveland Indians. Historic run of starting pitching flirting with no-nos in Tampa. (22)

21. San Diego Padres. Blanked 13 times in first 80 games, a first since 1981 Blue Jays. (18)

22. Cincinnati Reds. Starters named Sunday for All-Star Game at Great American Ballpark. (21)

23. Seattle Mariners. No three-game win streak since Memorial Day week. (23)

24. Boston Red Sox. Sudden hope emerges from 5-2 road trip. (27)

25. Chicago White Sox. Sale’s 75 Ks most in June since Nolan Ryan’s 87 in 1977. (26)

26. Oakland Athletics. Zobrist would be key piece of trade bait. (25)

27. Miami Marlins. Swept Giants after Stanton went down. Odd. (28)

28. Colorado Rockies. Dropped six of first eight on road trip to drop deeper into cellar. (24)

29. Milwaukee Brewers. Scored 27 runs in four-game sweep in Philly. (29)

30. Philadelphia Phillies. On pace for 108 losses. At least there’s good cheesesteaks. (30)