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Our MLB power rankings for June 5

Kansas City’s Drew Butera (9) is congratulated by Alcides Escobar after hitting a solo home run against Cleveland on Friday.
Kansas City’s Drew Butera (9) is congratulated by Alcides Escobar after hitting a solo home run against Cleveland on Friday. The Associated Press

1. Chicago Cubs (last week’s ranking: 1): Catcher Willson Contreras is tearing it up in the PCL, but Cubs have luxury of not rushing prospects onto the “Zunino Highway.”

2. San Francisco Giants (2): Madison Bumgarner has hit as many career homers as a pitcher (13) as Babe Ruth did.

3. Washington Nationals (5): Paternity-list absence of Ryan Zimmerman created roster spot for speedster rookie Trea Turner.

4. Seattle Mariners (3): “Keeping the line moving” is really fun when it’s a conga line of seven two-out singles.

5. Texas Rangers (9): Nomar Mazara clear favorite to become Rangers’ first position player to win AL Rookie of the Year since Mike Hargrove in 1974.

6. Boston Red Sox (4): The hitting streaks are impressive, but Sox won’t survive very long into October if they don’t beef up their bullpen.

7. Baltimore Orioles (8): Mark Trumbo running third among AL outfielders in All-Star vote.

8. Kansas City Royals (16): Attention to small details an unappreciated aspect of Royals’ success.

9. New York Mets (7): Despite neck problems that have reduced David Wright to a replacement-level player, news he’ll miss next six to eight weeks is a blow.

10. Pittsburgh Pirates (4): Andrew McCutcheon’s nagging thumb injury contributes to his struggles at the plate.

11. Toronto Blue Jays (19): Surging Jays are making their move earlier than they did last season.

12. Cleveland Indians (11): Francisco Lindor on return of starter Carlos Carrasco from hamstring injury: “It’s a relief. That’s at least 10-15 victories right there.”

13. Miami Marlins (14): Barry Bonds looks like he’s having more fun as Marlins hitting coach than he ever had as a player.

14. Chicago White Sox (10): Reliever Matt Albers hit a double during 2-1 victory over Mets, then apologized to second baseman Neil Walker for not knowing safe slide technique.

15. St. Louis Cardinals (15): With 10 pinch-hit homers going into weekend, Cards closing in on MLB record of 14.

16. Los Angeles Dodgers (13): Big-league baptism of 19-year old starter Julio Urias has been rocky.

17. Philadelphia Phillies (12): Going into weekend, Phils were 14-6 when scoring at least four runs — and 12-22 when they didn’t.

18. Detroit Tigers (17): Young starters Matt Boyd and Michael Fulmer flirted with no-hitters on consecutive nights last week.

19. New York Yankees (20): Punchless Yanks scoring runs at their lowest rate since 1972.

20. Milwaukee Brewers (22): Former Phillies prospect Jonathan Villar making most of opportunity as everyday shortstop.

21. Oakland Athletics (24): Rich Hill, 36, won his first league pitcher of the month award for May.

22. Houston Astros (26): Top of the order flip-flop, with George Springer replacing Jose Altuve at leadoff, has awakened offense.

23. Colorado Rockies (13): Coors Field, where Rockies are 10-15, has been hitter friendly only for opponents.

24. Los Angeles Angels (22): A 4 p.m. start last week at Angel Stadium put Angels hitters into shadows where they couldn’t pick up the ball.

25. Tampa Bay Rays (21): Manager Kevin Cash on slump that has left Rays in last place: “There’s always a case for better leadership — that starts with me.”

26. Arizona Diamondbacks (25): Zack Greinke pitching into Cy Young form responsible for his $200 million contract.

27. San Diego Padres (27): A day after blasting team as “miserable failures,” CEO Ron Fowler had to watch epic collapse vs. M’s.

28. Cincinnati Reds (28): Jay Bruce on leading MLB in triples with five: “I hit it, and I run until I think I should stop.”

29. Minnesota Twins (29): After winning three of three at Safeco Field, Twins scored a combined seven runs in three games while being swept by A’s.

30. Atlanta Braves (30): Utility man Chase d’Arnaud, whose younger brother Travis starts for Mets, impressing with bat and glove.

John McGrath: jmcgrath@thenewstribune.com

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