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Former Mariner and current Toronto starting pitcher J.A. Happ’s 15 wins is tied for most in Major League Baseball.
Former Mariner and current Toronto starting pitcher J.A. Happ’s 15 wins is tied for most in Major League Baseball. The Associated Press

1. Chicago Cubs (1, last week): Three-run rallies in the bottom of the ninth are once-a-year rarities, but Cubs had two of them last week.

2. Washington Nationals (2): No telling how tough Nats will be should Bryce Harper, Ryan Zimmerman and Ben Revere break out of extended slumps.

3. Texas Rangers (6): Additions of Jonathan Lucroy and Carlos Beltran give Rangers look of murderer’s row lineup.

4. Cleveland Indians (5): Terry Francona called on closer Andrew Miller for a sixth-inning, stop-the-bleeding effort against Twins. It worked.

5. San Francisco Giants (3): Acquisition of Rays starter Matt Moore forcing Jake Peavy to bullpen.

6. Baltimore Orioles (4): Made Wiley, er, Wade Miley, showed moxie in Baltimore debut, but O’s will need more.

7. Toronto Blue Jays (8): J.A. Happ, a back-of-the-rotation mediocrity with the 2015 Mariners, owns 15-3 record.

8. Los Angeles Dodgers (7): Despite five starters on disabled list, Dodgers remain in thick of NL West race.

9. Detroit Tigers (13): Eight-game winning streak was snapped Thursday, but Tigers have teeth for another one.

10. Boston Red Sox (9): One of these decades, Red Sox will regard themselves as the visiting team at Safeco Field.

11. St. Louis Cardinals (11): Cards not getting enough from their starting rotation, a traditional team strength.

12. Miami Marlins (12): Fernando Rodney, who had 0.38 ERA when Marlins picked him up on June 30, is resembling same embattled reliever he was last season in Seattle.

13. Houston Astros (10): While dropping five of six last week, Astros struck out 53 times in 51 innings.

14. New York Mets (14): With Yoenis Cespedes, David Wright and Lucas Duda ailing, it’s the Jay Bruce Show, starring Jay Bruce.

15. Seattle Mariners (17): Although Tigers starter Michael Fullmer is the front-runner, M’s closer Edwin Diaz will pick up AL Rookie of Year votes.

16. New York Yankees (16): Mark Teixeira, with a $23.25 million salary and a -0.3 WAR score, is captain of the All-Overpaid team.

17. Colorado Rockies (18): Wild-card hopes took hit with news of Trevor Story’s torn thumb ligament.

18. Pittsburgh Pirates (15): Ryan Vogelsong on motivation to return from DL and resume starting role: “This is all I know. ... It’s kind of scary when you think about it.”

19. Chicago White Sox (19): Six runs on Thursday were most Sox have given starter Jose Quintana all season.

20. Kansas City Royals (20): Royals stay still at trade deadline with idea of bringing back core vets for last hurrah in 2017.

21. Philadelphia Phillies (22): Maikel Franco, 23, latest in line of power-hitting Phils third basemen that includes Dick Allen, Mike Schmidt and Scott Rolen.

22. Los Angeles Angels (23): Angels, one of two organizations without a player on MLB Pipeline list of top 100 prospects, relieved scouting director Ric Wilson of his duties last week.

23. Milwaukee Brewers (24): General manager David Stearns, who helped with the Astros’ rebuild, stockpiling best collection of talent in minor leagues.

24. Oakland Athletics (21): A’s went all in on young pitchers with trade of Rich Hill and Josh Reddick to Dodgers.

25. San Diego Padres (25): Second baseman Ryan Schimpf only fourth San Diego player to earn NL Rookie of the Month honors. The others: Xavier Nady (2003), Khalil Greene (2004) and Josh Barfield (2006).

26. Cincinnati Reds (28): Reds’ haul from Mets in exchange for league RBI leader Jay Bruce was underwhelming.

27. Tampa Bay Rays (27): Former M’s shortstop Brad Miller on Rays’ plans to move him to either first base or the outfield: “A punch in the gut.”

28. Arizona Diamondbacks (26): D-Backs season has been a train wreck, but not in same league as 2004 club that lost 111 games.

29. Minnesota Twins (29): Twins opened series against Cleveland by scoring 10 runs in three consecutive games.

30. Atlanta Braves (30): Rob Whalen allowed four first-inning runs in his MLB debut, then settled down to beat Pirates.

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