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Our MLB power rankings for June 19

Rangers pitcher Colby Lewis works against the Athletics this past Thursday. Despite some major surgeries, the 36-year-old has pitched to a 6-0 record and a 2.81 ERA this season.
Rangers pitcher Colby Lewis works against the Athletics this past Thursday. Despite some major surgeries, the 36-year-old has pitched to a 6-0 record and a 2.81 ERA this season. The Associated Press

1. Chicago Cubs (ranked No. 1 last week): Anthony Rizzo on losing 12-inning thriller to Nationals: “That’s the type of game you see in October.”

2. Texas Rangers (2): Despite major surgeries on his knee, hip and shoulder, 36-year-old Colby Lewis is pitching better than ever.

3. Washington Nationals (4): Hitting a walk-off single, and then turning the subsequent video-board interview into a train wreck, might be a sign you have serious anger issues, Jayson Werth.

4. San Francisco Giants (5): Improved plate discipline responsible for Brandon Belt’s emergence as an All-Star-caliber first baseman.

5. Baltimore Orioles (3): When first place was at stake vs. Red Sox, starter Tyler Wilson delivered most impressive performance of young career.

6. Boston Red Sox (6): Steven Wright making bid to become first knuckleball pitcher to start an All-Star Game since Dutch Leonard in 1943.

7. New York Mets (9): With third baseman David Wright out for long term, Yoenis Cespedes is lobbying for Mets to sign his close friend Yulieski Gourriel, a 32-year-old free agent from Cuba.

8. Toronto Blue Jays (12): Just as Jays were on a roll, they learned Jose Bautista was headed to the disabled list with a toe injury.

9. St. Louis Cardinals (10): After winning 26 in a row when holding a lead going into the eighth inning, back end of bullpen finally fell victim to the bat of Houston’s George Springer.

10. Cleveland Indians (7): Tribe had chance to create some distance on Royals last week but scored only seven runs in three games and got swept.

11. Kansas City Royals (16): Second baseman Omar Infante more popular with All-Star voters than with Royals’ front office.

12. Los Angeles Dodgers (14): Team heating up … in dugout, where Justin Turner took Yasmani Grandal to task for a base-running gaffe.

13. Miami Marlins (13): Limiting Jose Fernandez to 180 innings this season will require some spot-start juggling.

14. Seattle Mariners (8): Best remedy for extra-inning heartbreak is winning the early getaway-day game a few hours later.

15. Detroit Tigers (15): J.D. Martinez’s elbow fracture will test depth of team that doesn’t have much of it.

16. Pittsburgh Pirates (11): No team in league has disappointed more than running-in-place Pirates.

17. Chicago White Sox (18): If Sox can’t put brakes on skid, manager Robin Ventura might not keep his job beyond All-Star break.

18. Colorado Rockies (21): Cut ties with shortstop Jose Reyes but are still on the hook for $41 million they owe him through 2017.

19. New York Yankees (17): CC Sabathia’s 0.82 ERA over past seven starts is best in majors during that span.

20. Tampa Bay Rays (22): Defense didn’t do top pitching prospect Blake Snell any favors in series finale against Mariners.

21. Houston Astros (20): Defending Cy Young Award winner Dallas Keuchel on 3-9 record and 5.54 ERA: “I don’t believe in bad luck. It’s just the way it’s going. If anybody’s got any ideas, it would be great.”

22. Milwaukee Brewers (23): Owner Mark Attanasio calls rumors team is prepared to trade its two best players, Ryan Braun and Jonathan Lucroy, “much ado about nothing so far.”

23. Philadelphia Phillies (21): Collateral damage of woeful offense? It’s gotten into the heads of the starting pitchers.

24. Arizona Diamondbacks (26): Shelby Miller returns from the DL on Monday, looking to make his second quality start in 11 outings.

25. Los Angeles Angels (21): When Angels beat Minnesota twice in two nights last week, it gave them their first back-to-back victories since late May.

26. Oakland Athletics (25): Danny Valencia is producing in Oakland, his sixth home in four years, but he’s resigned to packing his bags again when the A’s “make moves and blow up the team to a certain degree.”

27. San Diego Padres (27): Going into weekend, closer Fernando Rodney had yet to allow an earned run in 23 appearances.

28. Cincinnati Reds (28): Lefty rookie Cody Reed, who was scheduled to make his debut Saturday, figures to serve as a shot in the arm for baseball’s worst pitching staff.

29. Minnesota Twins (29): Glen Perkins’ season-ending labrum tear is latest setback for bullpen ranked 26th out of 30.

30. Atlanta Braves (30): Freddie Freeman is the only Braves player the organization considers to be untouchable as a trade chip.

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