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Mike Harrington’s MLB Power Rankings

(Rankings through Thursday’s games. Last week in parentheses)

1. St. Louis Cardinals. Wong sparking offense from leadoff slot. (1)

2. Houston Astros. Planning a live look Tuesday night in Chicago on Cup off day. (3)

3. Minnesota Twins. Hunter blasts 200th home run as a Twinkie. (6)

4. Kansas City Royals. Trouble brewing? A 2-7 stretch, with 16 of the next 21 on the road. (2)

5. Los Angeles Dodgers. Jansen’s erratic blood pressure a cause for concern. (5)

6. Pittsburgh Pirates. An 11-2 burst puts them in wild-card slot. (10)

7. New York Mets. David Wright’s spinal stenosis diagnosis a huge concern for this season and beyond. (9)

8. San Francisco Giants. Obama quotes Hunter Pence signs that were social media rage. Funny. (4)

9. Chicago Cubs. Interesting two-game set in Detroit opens Tuesday. (11).

10. New York Yankees. Slept well in Seattle while posting three-game sweep. (12)

11. Washington Nationals. Another DL stint for Strasburg is troubling. (7)

12. Tampa Bay Rays. Out West all week when hockey writers were looking for a ballgame. Boo. (13)

13. Los Angeles Angels. Have 13 of last 18 June games at home. (14)

14. Texas Rangers. Slugging prospect Gallo goes deep in first two games up from the minors. (16)

15. Detroit Tigers. Hit bad slump at same time Royals did. (8)

16. San Diego Padres. Shields is second in team history to open a season 7-0. (19)

17. Atlanta Braves. Loss at Arizona is second blown six-run lead of the season. (17)

18. Arizona Diamondbacks. Bradley, with 10.91 ERA since liner to face, heads to DL with shoulder tendinitis. (22)

19. Cleveland Indians. Only Brewers and A’s have fewer home wins. (23)

20. Chicago White Sox. Rodon gets first 10-K game in just fifth MLB start. (20)

21. Toronto Blue Jays. Colabello’s 16-game hit streak is career high, longest active in MLB. (21)

22. Colorado Rockies. Gave up 29 runs in four games against Dodgers but managed to split. (25)

23. Seattle Mariners. Classic McClendon ejection as he gives all four umps what-for. (15)

24. Baltimore Orioles. Jones HR vs. Astros snaps five-game skid. (18)

25. Cincinnati Reds. Phillips goes 8 for 15 in Philly, pushes average to .311. (26)

26. Boston Red Sox. Best thing for them right now is a road trip. (24)

27. Oakland Athletics. With 1.36 ERA at Nashville, switch-pitcher (!) Venditte gets first callup. (29)

28. Miami Marlins. Can’t blame them for being upset about antics of Cubs’ Junior Lake. (27)

29. Philadelphia Phillies. On easy tag at home, Ruiz foiled by violation of plate blocking rule. (28)

30. Milwaukee Brewers. Braun dealing with troublesome thumb. (30)