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Mike Harrington’s MLB Power Rankings for May 24

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

1. Kansas City Royals. Is this weekend a preview of another I-70 World Series? (2)

2. St. Louis Cardinals. Lackey has been solid, even without run support. (1)

3. Houston Astros. It’s still hard to believe but yes, they are for real. (4)

4. Detroit Tigers. Verlander closing in on rehab assignment. (5)

5. Los Angeles Dodgers. Scoreless drought of 35 innings ties franchise mark set in ’62. (3)

6. Washington Nationals. In the District, he’s becoming Mr. Harper. (10)

7. San Francisco Giants. Bumgarner becomes first pitcher to take Dodgers’ Kershaw deep. (15)

8. Chicago Cubs. Paper tigers? Have 12 one-run wins and plus-2 run differential. (6).

9. Minnesota Twins. Hunter’s offense, leadership have made huge difference. (8)

10. Tampa Bay Rays. Who had them atop the AL East? Nobody. (11)

11. New York Mets. Return of Gee has them pondering six-man rotation to protect arms. (9)

12. Los Angeles Angels. Relieved Pujols has only a bone bruise on wrist after plunking in Toronto. (13)

13. New York Yankees. Pitching has taken club to skid row. (7)

14. Atlanta Braves. Still baffled Cards dealt Miller, who came within an out of no-hitter. (18)

15. Arizona Diamondbacks. Hovering around .500 after a 98-loss 2014. (23)

16. Baltimore Orioles. Machado enjoying first career homecoming to Miami. (22)

17. Chicago White Sox. 2005 hero Konerko gets No. 14 retired. (16)

18. San Diego Padres. Black might be on hottest managerial seat at this point. (12)

19. Pittsburgh Pirates. First things first: Have to get back to .500. (19)

20. Seattle Mariners. King Felix improves to 7-1, 2.19 with strong outing vs. Jays. (21)

21. Texas Rangers. Hamilton could make return Monday in Cleveland. (25)

22. Boston Red Sox. Castillo gets the call from Pawtucket to pump offense. (20)

23. Cincinnati Reds. As cellar nears, how many F-bombs might Price unleash? (14)

24. Cleveland Indians. First winning streak since season’s opening series. (26)

25. Toronto Blue Jays. Hoping for return of Reyes on Monday after road rehab with Herd. (17)

26. Philadelphia Phillies. Howard already to nine HRs, on pace for his best year since ’11. (28)

27. Colorado Rockies. Rain and even snow have been almost daily issue at Coors. (27)

28. Miami Marlins. New skipper or not, Fish look dead in the water. (24)

29. Milwaukee Brewers. With Counsell 9-9, their 5-17 April becoming distant memory. (30)

30. Oakland Athletics. Ex-Rangers manager Washington rejoins old coaching staff. Hmmmm. (29).