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The Times' MLB power rankings

The Times' MLB power rankings

Last week’s ranking in parentheses, statistics are through Friday’s games: 1. ST. LOUIS: The Cardinals are continuing to hack down the competition. (1) 2. KANSAS CITY: Raul Mondesi Jr. will play in the Futures Game — if Royals fans don’t vote him as an All Star first. (2) 3. WASHINGTON: At this point, Max Scherzer is a no-hitter threat every time he starts. (16) 4. HOUSTON: The Astros remain in first place despite an up-and-down June. (4) 5. TAMPA BAY: Chris Archer is still throwing bull’s-eyes. He’s undefeated in June. (6) 6. DODGERS: Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke better start hitting home runs if they want to win games. (5) 7....