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American League Central

The Times' MLB power rankings

The Times' MLB power rankings

Zach Helfand ranks the 30 Major League Baseball teams. Last week's rankings are in parentheses;statistics are through Friday's games: 1. ST. LOUIS: Ace gone for the year in a tough division? Yawn. The Cards have a comfortable cushion in first. (1) 2. MINNESOTA: Like the Giants — decent lineup, good pitching, scorching May — only better. (5) 3. HOUSTON: Luis Valbuena is the quintessential Astro. Leads the team in home runs. Batting less than .200. (6) 4. PITTSBURGH: Andrew McCutchen raised his batting average 108 points over 26 games (9) 5. DODGERS: Good news: Dodgers can be seen Tuesday on Charter. Bad news: Just in time to watch tired team struggle. (7) ...