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Our MLB power rankings

1. Chicago Cubs (No. 1 last week): Wrigley Field’s balmy breezes and thick humidity will favor hitters through the middle of September, when 48 glorious hours of autumn precede seven months of winter.

2. San Francisco Giants (7): Starters went into weekend with a 9-1 record and 1.56 ERA over past 14 games, team’s best two-week stretch since Juan Marichal was high-kicking it in 1964.

3. Seattle Mariners (8): Robinson Cano, who has placed in the top five of MVP vote four times, finally might win the award this season.

4. Boston Red Sox (3): Demotion of struggling starter Clay Buchholz to bullpen not permanent, but he’ll have to earn his way back to rotation.

5. Washington Nationals (2): Thursday victory was No. 1,700 in managerial career of Dusty Baker, good for 17th on the all-time list.

6. Pittsburgh Pirates (11): If Gerrit Cole belonged to the Braves, he’d be batting cleanup on those days they didn’t schedule him to pitch.

7. New York Mets (12): The 1986 world champs, who played almost as hard as they partied, were honored this weekend during 30-year anniversary celebration at Citi Field.

8. Baltimore Orioles (5): Adam Jones on train-wreck sweep at hands of Astros: “This hasn’t been fun. Let’s get ... out of Houston.”

9. Texas Rangers (10): If not for the upper deck at Globe Life Park, the home run that rookie Nomar Mazara hit last week still might be traveling through the ionosphere.

10. Chicago White Sox (4): Recent 3-7 homestand presented surprising Sox with first test of adversity.

11. Cleveland Indians (9): Remarkable that Tribe went into weekend a half-game out of first, despite having gotten next to no contribution from injured outfielder Michael Brantley.

12. Philadelphia Phillies (6): Ryan Howard doing his best to mitigate absent offense by taking on role as veteran mentor of young players.

13. Los Angeles Dodgers (15): Julio Urias, a 19-year-old lefty, made his debut Friday, drawing comparisons to fellow Mexico native Fernando Valenzuela.

14. Miami Marlins (14): At 42, Ichiro Suzuki is enjoying twilight-of-career campaign for the ages.

15. St. Louis Cardinals (13): Rookie shortstop Aledmys Diaz has look of perennial All-Star.

16. Kansas City Royals (17): Mike Moustakas’ season-ending knee injury, suffered in a collision that put Alex Gordon on the disabled list, latest sign karma is not in their corner.

17. Detroit Tigers (19): Rebound after losing streak has solidified status of manager Brad Ausmus.

18. Colorado Rockies (16): Promising right-handed starter Jon Gray salvaged road trip by silencing hot-hitting Red Sox at Fenway Park.

19. Toronto Blue Jays (20): Jays not bothered if Rangers are among the many teams that can’t stand their swagger.

20. New York Yankees (23): Yanks’ 70th annual Old Timers Day is set for June 12, but with these guys, isn’t every day Old Timers Day?

21. Tampa Bay Rays (18): Imminent return of productive second baseman Logan Forsythe, who’s been sidelined with a shoulder injury, can’t come soon enough.

22. Los Angeles Angels (22): Shortstop Brendan Ryan warmed up in bullpen during Wednesday blowout loss, but was deprived of “bucket-list moment.”

23. Milwaukee Brewers (24): Only regret after three-game sweep at Atlanta is that schedule prevents Crew from facing the Braves six times a week.

24. Oakland Athletics (21): Thanks to the masterful instruction of coach Ron Washington, once-erratic shortstop Marcus Semien has developed into a reliable fielder.

25. Arizona Diamondbacks (25): Baseball ops chief Tony La Russa might better serve himself watching the team he’s put on the field instead of reacting to what the opposing club’s broadcaster is saying.

26. Houston Astros (26): During sweep of Baltimore, pitchers set MLB record with 52 strikeouts over a three-game series.

27. San Diego Padres (27): When we’re talking about embarrassing national-anthem snafus, nobody is in a class with the Padres.

28. Cincinnati Reds (28): Dan Straily struck out 11 Dodgers in an excellent seven-inning start last week — and still couldn’t put brakes on losing streak.

29. Minnesota Twins (29): Miguel Sano might be a 23-year-old project who poses growing pains, but the potential is obvious.

30. Atlanta Braves (30): Domestic-violence suspension of outfielder Hector Olivera is evidence that when things are going bad, they can always get worse.

John McGrath: jmcgrath@thenewstribune.com

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