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(Through Thursday’s games. Most recent in parentheses)

1. Pittsburgh Pirates. Can’t overstate how big an addition Martin has been. (1)

2. Atlanta Braves. Join ’01 Cards as only teams since ’80 to have pair of 10-game win streaks. (4)

3. Detroit Tigers. Domination of Tribe has produced division lead. (6)

4. Boston Red Sox. Have held firm in face of Rays’ charge (2)

5. Tampa Bay Rays. Was first-ever visit to Dodger Stadium a World Series preview? (3)

6. St. Louis Cardinals. Liner off Miller’s elbow a scary sight. (5)

7. Texas Rangers. Rios is no Cruz but he’ll help fill the void. (9)

8. Los Angeles Dodgers. Puig opens August by batting .480 in first seven games. (11)

9. Oakland Athletics. Struggling Colon seeing drop in velocity. (7)

10. Cincinnati Reds. Swept two from A’s in ’72 Series redux. (10)

11. Baltimore Orioles. Had huge support from fans who made roadie to San Diego. (12)

12. Cleveland Indians. Went 1-9 at home vs. Tigers and 36-14 against everybody else. (8)

13. Kansas City Royals. Start five-gamer in Detroit on Thursday night. (14)

14. Arizona Diamondbacks. Still looking for number of Dodger truck that hit them. (15)

15. New York Yankees. Swept by the White Sox? Seriously? (13)

16. Washington Nationals. Should play Angels in Disappointment Series. (16)

17. Toronto Blue Jays. Johnson over King Felix most surprising pitching result of MLB season. (19)

18. New York Mets. Even without Wright, have legit shot at second in NL East. (21)

19. Seattle Mariners. Still no date set for Wedge’s return. (18)

20. Philadelphia Phillies. A shell of what they were from 2007 to ’11. (17)

21. San Diego Padres. Still on the schedule are all seven meetings with Pirates. (22)

22. Los Angeles Angels. Six more bitter battles left with Astros. Good seats still available. (24)

23. Colorado Rockies. A 1-9 August road trip seals your fate every time. (20)

24. San Francisco Giants. Can’t believe there’s no comeback left in them. (25)

25. Chicago Cubs. Last week marked 25th anniversary of Wrigley’s first night game. (23)

26. Minnesota Twins. At 32, Morneau is now just an ordinary player. (26)

27. Milwaukee Brewers. Lots of people rooting for them to stay in NL Central cellar. (27)

28. Chicago White Sox. Chicago fans roar for Mariano, then for blown save. (29)

29. Miami Marlins. Fernandez’s electric stuff brings real hope for future. (28)

30. Houston Astros. On pace for 109 losses with 12 of next 15 on road. Texas-sized trouble. (30)

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