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The Times' baseball rankings

The Detroit Tigers are ranked No. 1 in the MLB by The Times

Last week's rankings in parentheses, statistics are through Friday's games:

1. DETROIT: Tigers start May off by winning 6 of 8 as Martinez, Cabrera combine to hit .338 with 5 HRs, 16 RBIs (1)

2. SAN FRANCISCO: Giants lose top power threat Brandon Belt for at least six weeks with a broken thumb. (3)

3. BALTIMORE: Orioles dodge a knife when Wieters, hitting a team-high .323, avoids season-ending surgery (8)

4. MILWAUKEE: Brewers have lost 8 of 12 since Ryan Braun went on the disabled list (2)

5. COLORADO: Tulowitzki hitting .608/.677/1.098 at home, .242/.366/.515 on the road. (4)

6. MIAMI: Mighty Marlins have spent eight days in first place this season, more than last four years combined (16)

7. OAKLAND: A's have won 11 of 14 games started by Kazmir and Gray. They're 10-12 when anyone else pitches. (5)

8. N.Y. YANKEES: Tanaka (5-0, 2.57) hasn't lost a regular-season game here or in Japan since August 2012. (9)

9. ATLANTA: Braves dropped six of eight to start May, batting .224 and averaging 2 runs a game. (6)

10. WASHINGTON: Rafael Soriano one of only two closers in MLB who has yet to allow a run. (7)

11. TEXAS: Beltre joins A-Rod, Darrell Evans, Reggie Jackson, Jim Thome as only players with 100-plus HRs for 3 teams. (11)

12. SEATTLE: Iwakuma goes 2-0 with a 2.45 ERA and 0.75 WHIP in 2 starts since coming off the DL (24)

13. ANGELS: Left fielders not named Hamilton batting just .200 in 27 games (14)

14. CHICAGO WHITE SOX: They lead the league in runs scored — and runs allowed (18)

15. DODGERS: They've gone 7-1 vs. Diamondbacks, 12-17 vs. rest of MLB. They've won 2 of 10 series not involving Arizona (10)

16. ST. LOUIS: Adam Wainwright (6-2, 2.02) has gone at least seven innings and allowed no runs in 4 of 8 starts (13)

17. TORONTO: Erstwhile closer Sergio Santos (9.00 ERA) has given up more runs (12) than he has saves (5) (21)

18. KANSAS CITY: Royals relievers, who led AL with 2.55 ERA last year, are at 3.91 with seven losses (15)

19. CLEVELAND: Indians have a baseball-best 2.10 ERA in May (27)

20. CINCINNATI: Chapman rejoins a bullpen with an MLB-low 74.2 innings and 8 losses, third-most in the league (20)

21. BOSTON: John Lackey (4-2) is only member of the rotation with a winning record (22)

22. N.Y. METS: Team ERA jumps more than 11/2 runs a game, to NL-high 4.93, as team loses 7 of 8 to start May (12)

23. PHILADELPHIA: Cole Hamels is 0-3, 6.37 in last five starts dating to September (17)

24. MINNESOTA: Patient Twins hitters have seen more pitches than any other team, averaging 167 a game (25)

25. PITTSBURGH: Pirates shortstops hitting an MLB-low .180/.227/.230 (26)

26. TAMPA BAY: Price's career-high 4.53 ERA is lowest among Rays' regular starters (19)

27. SAN DIEGO: Padres have three relievers with at least 15 appearances and ERAs of 0.60 or better. (23)

28.CHICAGO CUBS: Only the Mets have fewer extra-base hits (78) than the punchless Cubs (28)

29. ARIZONA: Brandon McCarthy (1-6, 5.66) is tied for major league lead in losses and has the NL's worst ERA (30)

30. HOUSTON: Opponents hitting .295 against Astros bullpen, which has MLB-worst 6.14 ERA (29)

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