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Braves make big jump to claim top spot; Dodgers and Angels slide down several notches.

April 13, 2013|By Kevin Baxter
  • Atlanta infielder Dan Uggla follows through on a throw to first base against Washington on Saturday.
Atlanta infielder Dan Uggla follows through on a throw to first base against… (Evan Vucci / Associated…)

With a nod to the Masters, Kevin Baxter’s rankings through Friday. (last week’s ranking in parenthesis)

ATOP THE LEADERBOARD

1. ATLANTA Staff earned-run average of 2.08 is the best in baseball. (10)

2. WASHINGTON Bryce Harper second player under 21 to hit five HRs in team’s first 10 games. (1)

3. SAN FRANCISCO Giants have won last 16 starts by Barry Zito, who hasn’t given up a run this year. (2)

4. OAKLAND A’s top majors in 8 offensive categories including runs, steals and homers. (18)

5. TEXAS RHP Yu Darvish leads majors with 28 strikeouts — versus 5 walks — in 19 2/3 innings.(8)

6. DETROIT Ex-Angel Torii Hunter tied for big league lead with 18 hits; Tigers have made one error. (3)

7. ARIZONA Division-leading Diamondbacks only team to score against Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw. (17)

MAKING A CHARGE

8. ST. LOUIS Closer Jason Motte may miss season; replacement Mitchell Boggs has 9.95 ERA. (9)

9. CINCINNATI CF Shin-Soo Choo has as many doubles (2) as errors in 10 games. (4)

10. DODGERS Greinke out and team is hitting an NL-low .148 with runners in scoring position. (5)

11. BALTIMORE First baseman Chris Davis tied for big league lead with six HRs, 19 RBIs. (6)

12. KANSAS CITY Bullpen leads league with five saves, .182 opponents’ batting average. (23)

13. BOSTON Longest sellout streak in U.S. sports history ends at 820 consecutive games. (20)

14. N.Y. METS RHP Matt Harvey is 2-0 with 0.64 ERA after first two starts. (26)

IN THE ROUGH

15. N.Y. YANKEES Yanks assume share of East lead thanks to first 4-6-5-6-5-3-4 triple play in history. (19)

16. TAMPA BAY Last in AL in runs (32), HRs (4), slugging (.316), OPS (.617), extra-base hits (17). (7)

17. ANGELS Hitting .127 with runners in scoring position, match worst start in team history. (11)

18. CHICAGO WHITE SOX Bullpen ERA of 2.03 is third best in baseball. (14)

19. CLEVELAND In first game after suspension, Carlos Carrasco suspended for hitting a batter. (15)

20. PHILADELPHIA Halladay 40-16 with 2.40 ERA in 2010-11; 11-10, 4.95 since. (16)

21. COLORADO Only team in majors that has not lost at home. (27)

22. HOUSTON Astro hitters strike out 108 times in first 10 games, most by a team since 1921. (30)

23. CHICAGO CUBS Wood, Villanueva 1-0, 1.03 ERA in 4 starts; rest of rotation is 1-5, 4.54. (28)

WELL OVER PAR

24. TORONTO Last-place Jays lose Jose Reyes (.395) for as many as three months with ankle injury. (12)

25. PITTSBURGH Opponents batting MLB-low .167 vs. bullpen; Bucs lineup hitting MLB-low .175. (21)

26. SEATTLE Felix Hernandez averaging 110 pitches through three starts. (24)

27. MINNESOTA Starters’ ERA (6.14) 2nd-highest in baseball; 19 strikeouts (48.1 IP) are fewest. (25)

TOTALLY OFF THE COURSE

28. MILWAUKEE Five starters hitting below .218. (13)

29. SAN DIEGO Zack Greinke about the only pitcher Carlos Quentin (.182 BA) has hit this season. (22)

30. MIAMI Held to a run or less six times in 10 games, Marlins are already eight games out of first. (29)

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