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Our MLB rankings for June 12

Baltimore’s Chris Davis, right, celebrates with Mark Trumbo after hitting a game-tying solo home run against Toronto on Thursday. The Orioles won 6-5.
Baltimore’s Chris Davis, right, celebrates with Mark Trumbo after hitting a game-tying solo home run against Toronto on Thursday. The Orioles won 6-5. The Canadian Press

1. Chicago Cubs (last week’s ranking: 1): While other teams were hoping to draft a future rookie of the year last Thursday, the Cubs’ only move was to reacquire a former one, outfielder Chris Coghlan.

2. Texas Rangers (5): Since opening the season by losing two of three to the Mariners, the Rangers have won a franchise-record 10 consecutive series at home.

3. Baltimore Orioles (7): Earl Weaver may be gone, but his go-for-the-fences spirit lives on with O’s, who’ve scored half of their runs on homers.

4. Washington Nationals (3): Failing to reach agreement on a contract with presumptive new manager Bud Black is looking like a break for Nats, who ended up taking cues from the cool hand of Dusty Baker.

5. San Francisco Giants (2): Brandon Belt’s home run into McCovey Cove last week was Giants’ first splash shot in almost 21 months.

6. Boston Red Sox (6): When trade market opens up in a few weeks, nobody will more active than hot-hitting, pitching-starved Sox.

7. Cleveland Indians (12): Since June 1 call-up from minors, center fielder Tyler Naquin has shown big-time power.

8. Seattle Mariners (4): Up and down week for M’s graded out better in draft room than on field.

9. New York Mets (9): Pitcher Bartolo Colon set a record the other night: most career plate appearances (260) without drawing a walk.

10. St. Louis Cardinals (15): GM John Mozeliak on plans for first-round draft choice Delvin Perez, a 17-year-old shortstop who has tested positive for PEDs: “Counseling.”

11. Pittsburgh Pirates (10): Weekend series vs. Cards looking like preview of wild-card game in October.

12. Toronto Blue Jays (10): The frustrating project that once was Michael Saunders is putting it all together at age 29.

13. Miami Marlins (13): Giancarlo Stanton hit a ball last week with an exit velocity of 123.9 mph — fastest Statcast has recorded. It was a 4-6-3 double play.

14. Los Angeles Dodgers (15): Happy 90th birthday to Hall of Fame pitcher and substance-abuse counselor Don Newcombe, once described by President Barack Obama as “someone who helped America become what it is.”

15. Detroit Tigers (18): Pitcher Matt Manning, Tigers’ first-round pick, is son of former Huskies basketball center (and Tacoma native) Rich Manning.

16. Kansas City Royals (8): Someday, possibly even in our lifetime, there will be a bench-clearing brawl not involving Yordano Ventura and his occasionally wayward fastball.

17. New York Yankees (19): Carlos Beltran led Yanks’ 29-run pummeling of Angels pitchers during four-game sweep.

18. Chicago White Sox (14): In throes of monthlong slide, replacing fading shortstop Jimmy Rollins with touted prospect Tim Anderson can’t hurt.

19. Philadelphia Phillies (17): Team is trusting that Vince Velasquez’ biceps ailment is unrelated to pitcher’s past elbow problems.

20. Houston Astros (22): Carlos Correa’s left-ankle sprain is not considered serious, but given the shortstop’s injury history, it sure was a scare.

21. Colorado Rockies (20): Names can deceive: No. 4 overall draft choice Riley Pint is a 6-4, 220-pound, high school pitcher who can throw 102 mph.

22. Tampa Bay Rays (25): Definition of moral victory: Finishing a road trip 5-5 after starting 0-4.

23. Milwaukee Brewers (20): Third baseman Hernan Perez is making convincing push for more playing time.

24. Los Angeles Angels (24): Angels destined for sixth losing season of 17-year Mike Scioscia era.

25. Oakland Athletics (21): Daniel Mengden earned shot at joining A’s rotation with dominant work in Double-A and Triple-A.

26. Arizona Diamondbacks (26): Paul Goldschmidt’s bat is heating up, but early-spring slump will cost third baseman a chance to start in All-Star Game for third straight time.

27. San Diego Padres (27): During first day of draft, no team was busier than Padres, whose five picks provided opportunity to roll dice on some high-upside prospects.

28. Cincinnati Reds (28): Third baseman Nick Senzel, No. 2 overall draft selection from U. of Tennessee, exemplifies mental and physical benefits of maturing in college.

29. Minnesota Twins (29): Twins next year figure to own much more coveted draft slot than the No. 15 they had this year.

30. Atlanta Braves (30): Braves scouting chief called acquisition of three top-25 prospects on first day of draft “a big victory.” So there’s that.

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