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Ball Star rankings: No Pujols?

The Angels' Albert Pujols was due to have a MRI today on his tight right calf. Pujols suffered the injury Wednesday and was pulled from the game.

Remember that awful start he had? Well, Pujols is hitting .283 with 28 home runs and 86 RBIs. Since May 9, he's hit .315 with 27 home runs and 77 RBIs in 91 games with a nifty 1.000 OPS.

If Pujols is sidelined, it wouldn't be ideal for the Angels. But is he the most valuable player on that team? Or would a Mike Trout injury hurt more? Just asking. Here is this week's Ball Star rankings:

1 Nationals: This looks to be the fourth team Davey Johnson has led to the playoffs.

2 Rangers: Is Michael Young due or done? His OPS has dropped from .854 last year to .654.

3 Reds: It’s crazy to think that the Reds are in no rush for Joey Votto’s return.

4 Yankees: Just 13-13 since Alex Rodriguez went down with an injury.

5 Braves: Chipper hopes for the ultimate going-away present: a World Series ring.

6 Giants: Former Royal Gregor Blanco will replace former Royal Melky Cabrera in left.

7 Pirates: Pittsburgh fans find that August isn’t just about Steelers training camp.

8 White Sox: Just 4-8 vs. Royals, but 21-14 vs. rest of the Central

9 Rays: Getting a rare Sunday off because of the Republican National Convention

10 A's: Bartolo Colon loss is big -- in more ways than one.

11 Tigers: Former Mizzou star Max Scherzer leads the league with 186 strikeouts.

12 Orioles: What? They have a worse run differential (-54) than the Royals (-47).

13 Cardinals: Sunday’s 19-inning loss to the Pirates could be huge at season’s end.

14 Dodgers: Hanley Ramirez’s OPS is his best since finishing second in MVP voting in 2009.

15 Angels: Free-agent to be Zack Greinke (6.19 ERA) is not helping his cause.

16 Diamondbacks: Former Royal Willie Bloomquist expected back Friday.

17 Red Sox: They put the fun in dysfunctional.

18 Blue Jays: Haven’t won a series since taking two of three from Tigers last month.

19 Mets: David Wright’s couldn’t maintain torrid pace, and the Mets have fallen from the race.

20 Phillies: They are 20-11 vs. the Central, the only division they have a winning record against.

21 Brewers: ERA in ninth inning this year is league-worst 5.67

22 Mariners: What’s wrong with King Felix? No perfect game or shutout Tuesday.

23 Royals: Lost a series for first time since first weekend in August.

24 Marlins: Those uniforms look a little worse with the way the team is playing.

25 Indians: The worst run-differential in the American League; how were they ever in the race?

26 Twins: Still in the mix for third place in the Central.

27 Padres: If only San Diego could play the Pirates 162 times a year.

28 Cubs: David DeJesus has four homers in his last eight games.

29 Rockies: 16 pitchers have/had a 1.50 WHIP this year (including Jeremy Guthrie).

30 Astros: A Clemens return seems outlandish, but have you seen this roster?

| Pete Grathoff, pgrathoff@kcstar.com

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