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Last week’s rankings in parentheses
Rank Team Comment
1. Pirates (1) Sorry, shock of having Pirates entrenched at No. 1 has left me bereft of thought
2. Red Sox (3) Somewhere in Arizona, Ted Williams tipping his cap to Jose Iglesias (.411)
3. A’s (5) A’s locked in tight race with Texas for AL West, tighter race with Giants for San Jose
4. Cardinals (2) Allen Craig on pace for 130 RBI, which might surprise those outside Craig family
5. Braves (6) No one hates “A-Rod” nomenclature more than new Braves OF Joey Terdoslavich
6. Reds (8) Nolan Ryan tells Homer Bailey: “Nice job. Now only five more to go, son”
7. Rangers (4) Rangers sign Manny Ramirez because apparently Jose Canseco wasn’t interested
8. Orioles (7) Orioles acquire Liddi in ongoing attempt to reassemble Tacoma roster in Norfolk
9. Tigers (9) Leyland might try to smuggle home a closer from his All-Star staff
10. Yankees (11) A-Rod can’t figure out why Yankees moved his rehab stint to Siberia
11. Rays (12) Entire Rays organization searching far and wide for Wil Myers’ missing “l”
12. Indians (13) While no one was looking, Jason Kipnis became a star
13. D’backs (10) Tough luck for Willie Bloomquist, out 6-8 weeks with 2 broken bones in left hand
14. Nationals (15) Zimmerman is good, but this year, Zimmermann is better
15. Dodgers (20) The question isn’t if Puig should be All-Star; it’s does he go straight to Hall of Fame
16. Angels (19) Where’s Rex Hudler when you really need him?
17. Royals (21) Jeremy having best year by a Guthrie since Arlo recorded “Alice’s Restaurant”
18. Rockies (18) Kudos to Michael Cuddyer for getting almost halfway to DiMaggio’s streak
19. Blue Jays (14) Jays can’t seem to decide if they’re going to be busts or comeback kids
20. Phillies (23) On July 4, Ben Revere ran through dugout yelling, “The Pirates are coming!”
21. Padres (16) In a surprise move, Bruce Bochy names Tony Gwynn as Padres’ token All-Star
22. Giants (17) Giants in last place, as hopeless as being down two games in best of 5 vs. Reds
23. Mariners (26) Mariners fans have irrational aversion to Principal Figgins on “Glee”
24. Twins (22) Twins think they have the next Mike Trout in phenom prospect Byron Buxton
25. Cubs (27) Anyone can have a bad century, but Cubs are uniquely positioned to have two
26. Mets (25) Mets rotation: Gee and the whizzes
27. White Sox (24) Casper Wells about due to be DFA’d, just for old time’s sake
28. Brewers (28) Wonder if rookie RHP Donovan Hand grew up fan of former Brewer Rollie Fingers?
29. Marlins (30) They should face Astros at end of year in the Fire Sale World Series
30. Astros (29) Altuve best player pound for pound, and inch for inch, in MLB
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