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Mike Harrington’s Power Rankings for July 12

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

1. St. Louis Cardinals. Are 14-3 in games started by Martinez. (1)

2. Kansas City Royals. Devastating Gordon injury puts damper on All-Star dominance. (3)

3. Pittsburgh Pirates. Already have firm grip on host role for NL wild-card game. (4)

4. Los Angeles Dodgers. Tsao earns first MLB win since 2005. Really. (5)

5. Houston Astros. Grip on AL West finally slipping away. (2)

6. New York Yankees. A-Rod has All-Star numbers but who was picking him? (8)

7. Los Angeles Angels. GM DiPoto gets fired in power struggle, team takes off. Hmmm. (10)

8. Washington Nationals. Span becomes eighth player to hit the DL. Ouch. (6)

9. Chicago Cubs. Hendricks extends scoreless streak to 22∑ innings over three starts. (7)

10. Minnesota Twins. Wild seven-run ninth tames Tigers. (11)

11. Baltimore Orioles. Schoop’s walk-off homer stuns Nats. (9)

12. New York Mets. After flashy debut, Matz shut down with lat strain. (16)

13. San Francisco Giants. Scored 13 runs in seven games, then 15 in opener vs. pathetic Phils. (12)

14. Detroit Tigers. Hanging around but inconsistencies continue. (17)

15. Toronto Blue Jays. With boost from Don Cherry, Donaldson a deserving top All-Star vote-getter. (13)

16. Tampa Bay Rays. Suddenly dropped 13 of 15 and could become sellers. (14)

17. Arizona Diamondbacks. Ex-Canisius star Sean Jamieson batting .317 at Double-A Mobile, off to Pan-Am Games for Canada. (19)

18. Texas Rangers. Held back by AL-worst home record of 16-24. (15)

19. Cleveland Indians. Rotation triggers 9-3 run but is it too late? (20)

20. Atlanta Braves. Optimism growing that Freeman (wrist) will be back this month. (18)

21. Chicago White Sox. “You can put it on the boaaaaard, YES!” New to Twitter is @HawkHarrelson. (25)

22. Boston Red Sox. Just as turnaround starts, Buchholz’s elbow tightens. (24)

23. Cincinnati Reds. To All-Star-bound fans: Skyline Chili four-way. Trust me. (22)

24. Seattle Mariners. Staff gave up four homers in a game three times last week. (23)

25. San Diego Padres. ’14 Bisons slugger Wallace gets the call from El Paso. (21)

26. Oakland Athletics. See Blue Jays: Utter dopes for dealing Donaldson. (26)

27. Colorado Rockies. LoDo is a great ballpark district surrounding a bad team. (28)

28. Milwaukee Brewers. Counsell is 31-32 since taking over and slowly directing a turnaround. (29)

29. Miami Marlins. Fernandez first player since Johnny Allen of ’33 Yankees to start career 14-0 at home. (27)

30. Philadelphia Phillies. No turnaround here. Fire sale needed.(30)