1. Chicago Cubs (1 last week): Sweep at hands of visiting Cards left Wrigley Field fans asking: “Where have all the hitters gone?”
2. Texas Rangers (2): With three of their own starting pitchers down, Rangers won’t be signing any get-well cards mailed to Dave Niehaus Way and Edgar Martinez Drive.
3. San Francisco Giants (4): Don’t be surprised if Giants take baseball’s best record into All-Star break.
4. Washington Nationals (3): Mama never told rookie Michael A. Taylor there’d be days like this past Wednesday: five strikeouts before committing three-base error that lost game to Dodgers in the ninth.
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5. Cleveland Indians (10): Cavs championship obscured Tribe’s team-record accomplishment of finishing month 11-0 at home.
6. Baltimore Orioles (5): Ex-Mariner Mark Trumbo looking like league’s first-half MVP.
7. Boston Red Sox (6): John Farrell “pulled out all the stops” in managing Sox to Thursday victory that avoided four-game sweep at home.
8. Los Angeles Dodgers (12): Nats manager Dusty Baker on hype comparing rookie lefty Julio Urias to Fernando Valenzuela: “They called me the next Hank Aaron. How’d that turn out?”
9. Toronto Blue Jays (8): Michael Saunders credits breakout season to mechanical adjustments he made with Mariners.
10. Kansas City Royals(12): Late-blooming rookie outfielder Whit Merrifield, 27, has made up for lost time by becoming an overnight fan favorite at Kauffman Stadium.
11. St. Louis Cardinals (9): First road sweep of Cubs in 28 years was a draw-a-line-in-the-sand series for their archrivals.
12. Miami Marlins (13): Giancarlo Stanton’s slash line remains awful, but a homer and RBI single vs. Cubs wasn’t a bad confidence booster.
13. Houston Astros (21): No-name relievers are walking 5.5 percent of batters — lowest bullpen walk rate since 1947.
14. New York Mets (7): Between the firebrand personality of manager Terry Collins and the cauldron that is Gotham, there’s never a dull moment.
15. Detroit Tigers (15): Weekend series against first-place Indians drawing first big crowds of season at Comerica Park.
16. Chicago White Sox (17): Satisfaction of winning three of four against the other Sox in Boston was dimmed by blowing three different leads in series finale.
17. New York Yankees (19): GM Brian Cashman’s helpful clue regarding team’s strategy preceding trade deadline: “Who’s to say we can’t be both buyers and sellers?”
18. Seattle Mariners (14): The season is a marathon, not a sprint, and some weeks it resembles the world’s most challenging steeplechase course.
19. Colorado Rockies (18): Trevor Story will need late push to become first rookie shortstop voted into All-Star Game.
20. Pittsburgh Pirates (16): Month-long skid that’s put the Bucs on brink of virtual elimination has fueled rumors outfielder Andrew McCutchen could be traded.
21. Arizona Diamondbacks (24): Manager A.J. Hinch was pleased with Zack Greinke’s pitching effort Thursday at Colorado, but not crazy about ace’s headfirst slide into second for a stolen base.
22. Milwaukee Brewers (22): Six-time All-Star Ryan Braun is available to buyers at the right price, and he’s hitting .320, but that contract ...
23. Tampa Bay Rays (20): Eleven-game homestand that begins Monday appears to be Rays’ last chance to salvage season.
24. Los Angeles Angels (25): Desolate farm crop and lineup of thirtysomethings could be temptation for Angels to think about trading You Know Who.
25. San Diego Padres (27): Despite entering weekend 12 games under .500, Padres can offer some really intriguing trade chips.
26. Philadelphia Phillies (23): Former All-Star closer Andrew Bailey “ready to rock” after promotion from Triple-A.
27. Oakland Athletics (26): Second-year pitcher Kendall Graveman last week became first A’s starter to earn a win in 18 games.
28. Cincinnati Reds (28): With 2016 a lost cause, project for Reds is to put young pitchers in a variety of roles that will determine makeup of staff in 2017.
29. Atlanta Braves (30): Braves achieving competence under Brian “The Tourniquet” Snitker, the interim manager who has stopped the bleeding.
30. Minnesota Twins (29): Injured closer Glen Perkins to fans, via Twitter: “Getting paid for not doing anything to help was the thing I feared most when I signed my contract.”
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