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Power index: Major League Baseball rankings

1. St. Louis Cardinals (1): Injury epidemic not a worry — yet.

2. Los Angeles Dodgers (4): Now that outfield is healthy again, manager Don Mattingly will be challenged to dole out quality time among five starting-caliber players.

3. New York Yankees (10): If recently promoted center fielder Mason Williams were a pitcher, he’d throw classical gas.

4. Kansas City Royals (5): Weekend series in St. Louis against cross-state rivals is Exhibit A for merits of interleague play.

5. Houston Astros (2): Seven-game losing streak snapped Friday by first-inning pummeling of King Felix.

6. San Francisco Giants (7): Exhibit B for merits of interleague play: Defending World Series champs in Seattle for two games this week.

7. Pittsburgh Pirates (6): RIP Douglas Danforth. The former Bucs CEO assured the franchise would remain in Pittsburgh, where it prospered once and will prosper forever.

8. Minnesota Twins (3): Was Torii Hunter’s meltdown with home plate ump a veteran’s ploy to fire up not-so-torrid Twins?

9. Chicago Cubs (13): Manager Joe Madden on team’s emotional resilience: “It just depends on whether your players have been raised by wolves. If they have been, it becomes more difficult.”

10. Tampa Bay Rays (11): Chris Archer’s crazy slider averages 88.3 miles-per-hour, faster than the typical heater thrown by 68 starting pitchers.

11. New York Mets (8): Mets seemingly channeling 1973, when they turned an 82-79 regular-season record into a ticket for a World Series that went seven games.

12. Washington Nationals (9): Cursed? Foot injury of first baseman Ryan Zimmerman latest blow to banged-up Nats.

13. Los Angeles Angels (12): Through 16 years at helm of Angels, Mike Scioscia never has managed a team that has finished below third place.

14. Texas Rangers (14): Alexander “Chi Chi” Gonzalez has a catchy nickname and three impressive starts since his May 30 debut.

15. Toronto Blue Jays (21): During winning streak that reached eight games last week, hot-hitting Jays outscored opponents 57-21.

16. Detroit Tigers (15): Two months after he had best three-game start to a season by a Tigers pitcher since 1945, Shane Green was sent to Triple-A Toledo.

17. San Diego Padres (17): No country for pepperpots: Of 37 players Padres chose in draft, 17 stand at least 6-foot-4.

18. Cleveland Indians (16): Tribe on way-back burner in Cleveland until conclusion of NBA Finals.

19. Atlanta Braves (18): Braves lined up three young starters for potentially pivotal weekend series vs. Mets.

20. Baltimore Orioles (20): Sweep of Red Sox last week found O’s playing their best baseball of season.

21. Chicago White Sox (19): Rookie pitcher Carlos Rodon already drawing comparisons to teammate Chris Sale, a three-time All-Star.

22. Cincinnati Reds (23): If Johnny Cueto is selected for the All-Star game in Cincinnati, will the Reds’ ace appear in a Reds uniform?

23. Arizona Diamondbacks (24): Top overall draft pick Dansby Swanson, from Vanderbilt, is sixth shortstop D-Backs have taken in the first round.

24. Colorado Rockies (22): Recalled from DL, LaTroy Hawkins pitched in a nonsave role Thursday — 20 years and one month after his MLB debut.

25. Boston Red Sox (26): David Ortiz’s homer last week snapped a 17-game long ball drought.

26. Seattle Mariners (25): M’s used draft to address an organizational necessity: speedy athletes.

27. Miami Marlins (28): Former leadoff hitter Christian Yelich could be long-term fit at No. 3 spot in front of Giancarlo Stanton.

28. Oakland A’s (27): Web-gem center fielder Billy Burns gaining traction in AL Rookie of the Year race.

29. Milwaukee Brewers (30): Second baseman Scooter Gennett, erstwhile platoon partner of former M’s utility man Rickie Weeks, appears revived after three-week stint in PCL.

30. Philadelphia Phillies (29): Once-optimistic projections of Dustin Ackley as next Chase Utley proving accurate: Going into weekend, Utley’s .185 batting average ranked 166th among 168 qualifying hitters.

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