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Originally published June 22, 2013 at 4:30 PM | Page modified June 22, 2013 at 4:39 PM

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Larry Stone’s MLB power rankings

Last week’s rankings in parentheses
RankTeamComment
1.Cardinals (1)Puig reawakens interest in another torrid-starting rookie: Bo Hart (.489 in 1st 9 games ‘03)
2. Pirates (3)Looks like the Pirates have a budding phenom in Gerrit Cole
3Red Sox (5)Finding out that functional is a lot more fun that dysfunctional
4. Orioles (7)Orioles looking forward to about 15 more years of Manny being Manny
5. Reds (2)Most games, Hanigan finishes a single, double, triple and HR short of the cycle
6. Braves (9)Braves’ Single-A team is in Rome; I’ll bet the Colosseum needs some renovation
7. A’s (6)Sewage spill in clubhouse extends A’s major-league lead in sludging percentage
8.Tigers (4)Tigers used to have “Senor Smoke” to close. Now they have Mr. Mirrors
9. Rangers (8)Popovich’s big mistake was calling Ron Washington for tips on wrapping up playoff series
10.D’backs (10)Bloomquist hustles his way to home run after hitting ball over the fence
11. Yankees (11)Joe Torre’s daughter catches falling baby, now favored for Gold Onesie award
12.Giants (13)Going all out to defend their prize. No, not World Series title; the San Jose market
13.Rays (12)Cutting-edge manager Joe Maddon now doing his mound visits via Skype
14. Blue Jays (20)With Reyes returning, Kawasaki can resume his lucrative dugout-dancing career
15. Royals (14)As hitting coach, George Brett particularly helpful in pine-tar application
16. Padres (19)Headley has more Ks than hits, making “Chase” both a name and a batting style
17.Rockies (17)Will go as far as Tulo takes them, which isn’t very when he’s on the DL
18.Nationals (16)Werth said he’s “ready to eat someone’s face” after loss. It’s start of the undead ball era
19.Indians (15)Carlos Santana being blamed for MLB lead in wild pitches, trying to change his evil ways
20. Phillies (18)Cliff Lee inducted into MLBtraderumors.com Hall of Fame
21. Twins (21)Where’s Brad Radke when you really need him?
22. Angels (24)Josh Hamilton looks like $125-million bomb, or as they call it in Hollywood, “After Earth”
23.White Sox (23)Danks for nothing: Brothers Jordan (.115 BA) and John (5.40 ERA) together on Chisox
24.Mariners (22)Arrival of NHL in Seattle would provide another local team to outscore Mariners
25. Dodgers (25)Magic generously offers Dodger draft pick to Celtics to help Clippers land Doc Rivers
26.Brewers (27)Bernie Brewer sliding so infrequently he’s put up a swing set to keep himself busy
27.Cubs (26)Cubs used to be known for slugfests, now more like festering slugs
28.Mets (28)Harvey and Wheeler should be cornerstone of next under-achieving Mets’ era
29.Astros (29)Astros can’t understand why Kim and Kanye didn’t name kid “American League”
30.Marlins (30)Mindful of glaring lapse in alienating fans, Marlins to put Stanton on trade market

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