1. Chicago Cubs (2, last week): With Cubs almost back to full strength, impressive minor league call-ups Willson Contreras and Carl Edwards Jr. making roster decisions tough.
2. Washington Nationals (3): Nats closer Jonathan Papelbon appears destined for new title: Former Nats closer Jonathan Papelbon.
3. San Francisco Giants (1): Trade that landed versatile All-Star shortstop Eduardo Nunez from Twins is the kind of veteran-for-prospect deal that typically works out for Giants.
4. Baltimore Orioles (6): Ubaldo Jimenez looked sharp Thursday while making his first start in three weeks.
5. Cleveland Indians (5): Single off bat of Single-A prospect Francisco Mejia last week extended hitting streak to 40 games, 16th longest in minor league history.
6. Texas Rangers (4): Rangers resurgence began one year ago, with July 30 trade for Phillies ace Cole Hamels.
7. Los Angeles Dodgers (9): Here’s a head scratcher: Second-place Dodgers crept into NL West race when Clayton Kershaw was put on disabled list with bad back.
8. Toronto Blue Jays (7): Ex-Mariners set-up reliever Joaquin Benoit threw a scoreless inning in his Jays debut.
9. Boston Red Sox (8): Starter David Price finally regained dominant form Thursday against Angels, but performance was obscured by Hanley Ramirez’s ninth-inning error.
10. Houston Astros (10): Outfield logjam has found Astros focusing on bullpen help before trade deadline.
11. St. Louis Cardinals (13): Weekend in New York against Mets brings back fond memories for 2006 NLCS stars Adam Wainwright and Yadier Molina.
12. Miami Marlins (12): Andrew Cashner is a quality addition for back of rotation — if he can stay healthy.
13. Detroit Tigers (14): Thanks to Miguel Cabrera’s ninth-inning homer Wednesday, Tigers became first team this season to sweep Red Sox.
14. New York Mets (11): Lack of offense forcing imperfect pitching staff to be perfect.
15. Pittsburgh Pirates (15): Gerrit Cole’s first professional complete game was sealed with an acrobatic double play against Mariners.
16. New York Yankees (19): Alex Rodriguez, 41, on Joe Girardi’s decision to keep him on bench for entire series at Houston: “I’m getting old, that’s for sure.”
17. Seattle Mariners (17): M’s first “Sunday Night Baseball” appearance since 2004 gives Felix Hernandez rare chance to pitch a regular-season game on national TV.
18. Colorado Rockies (21): Rox second-half improvement bucks trend of recent summers.
19. Chicago White Sox (16): Intense Chris Sale is anything but a cutup.
20. Kansas City Royals (18): Tumbling Royals began weekend having lost 21 of last 32.
21. Oakland Athletics (25): Beating Rangers on Wednesday assured A’s of fourth consecutive series victory since All-Star break.
22. Philadelphia Phillies (20): Rookie outfielder Aaron Altherr went 3 for 4, with a two-run homer, in big league debut last week.
23. Los Angeles Angels (21): Angels will take wins any way possible — even walk-off errors committed on potential double-play grounders.
24. Milwaukee Brewers (22): Brewers began weekend series against Pirates with a 100-51 record against Bucs since 2007.
25. San Diego Padres (23): Friday deal that sent Andrew Cashner to Marlins gave Padres the No. 2 and No. 6 prospects in Miami organization.
26. Arizona Diamondbacks (24): Since compiling 1.19 ERA in 23 appearances, reliever Daniel Hudson has taken nose dive — as well as his trade value.
27. Tampa Bay Rays (27): Rays’ 3-1 victory Wednesday was their first at Dodger Stadium.
28. Cincinnati Reds (29): Key to Reds’ rebuilding project? Outfielder Jay Bruce, who won’t be part of it.
29. Minnesota Twins (28): Rookie outfielder Max Kepler grew up in Berlin, where his parents were professional ballet dancers.
30. Atlanta Braves (30): Cobb County executive who arranged $500 million public investment in new stadium has been voted out of office.