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Oakland tops The Times' baseball rankings again

Last week’s ranking in parentheses, statistics are through Friday’s games:

1. OAKLAND: Franchise with reputation for polishing young talent is only team that hasn’t used a rookie this season. (1)

2. MILWAUKEE: Marco Estrada has given up 89 hits in 96 innings; not bad. Except 24 of them are home runs. (2)

3. DETROIT: Tigers have two of last three AL Cy Young Award winners, and staff ace Anibal Sanchez (2.64 ERA) isn’t one of them. (5)

4. DODGERS: Have walked two or fewer batters in 31 consecutive games, tying the 1990 Pirates for the longest streak since 1914. (6)

5. ANGELS: Seventeen of 26 games in July will be at home, where the Angels have won 18 of their last 22. (8)

6. SAN FRANCISCO: Tim Lincecum is the second pitcher all-time to no-hit the same team twice. (4)

7. ST. LOUIS: Began Saturday’s game vs. Dodgers with 1,010 wins and 1,013 losses in the all-time series between the teams. (14)

8. TORONTO: Since start of 2012 season, Edwin Encarnacion leads all players with 103 home runs. (3)

9. SEATTLE: Triple-A Tacoma will miss OF Michael Saunders, who hit .450 with seven RBIs in five-game rehab assignment. (11)

10. BALTIMORE: Chris Tillman has not given up more than three earned runs in seven home starts but is 1-4 at home. (10)

11. N.Y. YANKEES: Masahiro Tanaka has 15 quality starts in a row, one shy of the record for a pitcher at start of his career. (9)

12. CINCINNATI: Johnny Cueto leads MLB starters with a 1.88 ERA, 0.83 WHIP and .169 opponent batting average. (18)

13. PITTSBURGH: Since coming off the disabled list, catcher Russell Martin has reached safely in 24 of 25 starts. (19)

14. KANSAS CITY: Mike Moustakas is batting .178, the lowest average of any third baseman with more than 200 at-bats. (7)

15. ATLANTA: B.J. and Justin Upton homer in same game, matching the feat of three other sets of brothers. (12)

16. WASHINGTON: Nationals flashing the better leather — 19 unearned runs in April, 13 in May and two in June. (13)

17. PHILADELPHIA: Domonic Brown at halfway point in 2013: 23 HRs; in 2014: five HRs among 17 extra-base hits. (16)

18. CLEVELAND: Trevor Bauer, who is due to pitch at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, is 0-5 in eight career road starts. (17)

19. BOSTON: Dustin Pedroia, the $110-million man, has career worsts in batting average, on-base and slugging. (23)

20. MIAMI: Marlins, 8-2 in interleague play, have NL’s best winning percentage all-time in interleague play, .523 (157-143). (15)

21. MINNESOTA: Opponents are hitting .322 against Ricky Nolasco, who’s at start of a four-year, $49-million contract. (22)

22. N.Y. METS: Since the start of 2012, Mets’ second baseman Daniel Murphy is second in the NL with 451 hits. (29)

23. CHICAGO WHITE SOX: Rookie Jose Abreu has hit multi-home runs in four games. Last to do it: Bob Horner in 1978. (20)

24. TEXAS: Slumping Rangers have used an MLB-high 42 players this season, including 11 rookies. (21)

25. CHICAGO CUBS: Starlin Castro leads NL shortstops with 47 RBIs and is second in batting at .284. (27)

26. HOUSTON: Jose Altuve could top AL in batting, hits and stolen bases at the all-star All-Star break. Ichiro Suzuki did it in 2003. (24)

27. SAN DIEGO: Padres have scored one run in 32 innings this month when Tyson Ross was pitching; he drove it in. (25)

28. ARIZONA: Brandon McCarthy 2-0 with 2.61 ERA in three starts vs. Padres; 0-10, 5.80 ERA in 14 starts vs. everyone else. (26)

29. TAMPA BAY: Pitchers have 259 strikeouts this month; need 27 to match MLB record for most in a month. (28)

30. COLORADO: Last in MLB with 4.93 ERA, 100 home runs given up; .520 save percentage and no complete games. (30)

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