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Times baseball writer Bill Shaikin ranks the teams in the majors through Friday.

April 28, 2012|By Bill Shaikin
  • Rangers catcher Mike Napoli is congratulated by first baseman Mitch Moreland after hitting a home run against the New York Yankees on Wednesday.
Rangers catcher Mike Napoli is congratulated by first baseman Mitch Moreland… (Ralph Lauer / EPA )

Texas (15-5): In 130 games since Mike Scioscia jettisoned him from the Angels, Mike Napoli has hit 37 home runs.

Tampa Bay (13-7): Fernando Rodney, out as Angels closer after one week last season: 6 saves, 0 blown saves.

Atlanta (13-7): It's them again at back of 'pen: — Jonny Venters and Craig Kimbrel combined: 16 IP, 1 ER, 29 K.

Washington (14-6): Four starters with sub-2.00 ERA: Strasburg (1.08), Zimmermann (1.33), Gonzalez (1.52), Detwiler (1.64).

St. Louis (13-7): Three starters with sub-2.00 ERA: Lohse (0.99), Westbrook (1.30), Lynn (1.33).

New York Yankees (11-8): Curiously dependent on Andy Pettitte, coming out of retirement and turning 40 in June.

Detroit (10-10): March to glory rudely inter-¿rupted by Seattle sweep at Comerica Park.

Dodgers (14-6): Matt Kemp hit 3 HRs in first 19 games last year, finished with 39. He hit 10 HRs in first 19 games this year.

Chicago White Sox (10-10): Jake Peavy hasn't pitched full season since '08. He's 3-0 with a 1.88 ERA.

Philadelphia (9-11): No home runs from¿ No. 3 spot, for so long filled with distinction by injured Chase Utley.

Milwaukee (9-11): More home runs (27) than Prince Fielder's Detroit Tigers (20).

Baltimore (12-8): Orioles have finished last in AL East four years running, but they're 5-1 vs. Toronto this year.

Toronto (10-10): Blue Jays' top batting average belongs to — no kidding — Jeff Mathis. Jose Bautista is hitting .183.

Cleveland (10-8): Signs of life in long-dormant Travis Hafner: .321 batting average, .996 OPS.

Cincinnati (9-11): Aroldis Chapman settling in as power reliever: 11 IP, 0 R, 2 BB, 20 K.

Boston (9-10): Hide-your-eyes ERAs: Ace Jon Lester 6.00, young buck Clay Buchholz 8.87, closer Alfredo Aceves 14.40.

San Francisco (10-10): Among starters, Barry Zito has lowest ERA (1.67), Tim Lincecum has highest (8.20).

New York Mets (11-9): David Wright (.361) reprising the Jose Reyes role in "Monster Year Before Free Agency."

Miami (7-12): Reyes batting .205 with .263 OBP; Marlins rank next to last in NL in runs.

Oakland (11-10): A'sstarters have 2.88 ERA — after trades of Trevor Cahill, Gio Gonzalez.

Seattle (11-10): Jesus Montero has a .286 OBP, but Michael Pineda is out for the year. Mariners win trade on TKO.

Colorado (10-9): ERA for Jamie Moyer: 2.28. ERA for pitchers under 49 years old: 4.93.

Arizona (10-10): 1B Paul Goldschmidt, in his first full season, is batting .196, with 18 K in 51 AB.

Angels (6-14): OBP watch: Kendrick .280, Pujols .279, Aybar .256, Wells .250, Bourjos .245, Callaspo .222.

Minnesota (5-15): Not to say Angels are overrated, but Twins are 2-1 vs. Angels, 3-14 vs. rest of league.

San Diego (7-14): Cory Luebke beat Roy Halladay! Cory Luebke beat Roy Halladay!

Pittsburgh (8-11): Dodgers' Kemp and Ethier: .373, 15 HR, 47 RBI. Pirates team: .221, 11 HR, 38 RBI.

Houston (8-12): 2B Jose Altuve, who at 5-feet-5 looks up to David Eckstein, batting .378, second to Kemp in NL.

Chicago Cubs (7-13): Alfonso Soriano: .235, 0 HR, $18 million this year -- and next year too!

Kansas City (6-14): After 27 consecutive non-playoff seasons, Royals open with 10 consecutive home losses.

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