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(Through Thursday's games, last week in parenthesis)
1. Washington Nationals. With apologies to Tony C., Harper having best teen-age season ever. (1)
2. Cincinnati Reds. Need offense to snap out of September funk before October arrives. (2)
3. Texas Rangers. Darvish expected to return today after sore neck KOs him from one turn. (3)
4. San Francisco Giants. About time to start talking up Bochy as one of game's best skippers. (4)
5. Atlanta Braves. Ultra cool that Chipper's career will end in postseason. (7)
6. New York Yankees. They look old and not a candidate for a long October. (5)
7. Baltimore Orioles. Amazing how they've kept pace with Yankees. (6)
8. Oakland Athletics. Won't catch Rangers, have to hold off Rays. (8)
9. Tampa Bay Rays. Another miracle finish in the offing? (11)
10. Los Angeles Angels. Scioscia in trouble if they miss postseason. (10)
11. Detroit Tigers. Perfect timing for Fister to channel his inner Tom Seaver. (13)
12. St. Louis Cardinals. Dynamite at home but finished a mediocre 38-43 on road. (12)
13. Chicago White Sox. Lack of offense killing them down the stretch. (9)
14. Milwaukee Brewers. Started their rush just a tad too late. (14)
15. Los Angeles Dodgers. Memo to Magic Johnson: Spend money AND get good players. (15)
16. Philadelphia Phillies. Didn't think they had a chance at .500 two months ago. (16)
17. Arizona Diamondbacks. Miley's Rookie of the Year run is highlight of disappointing year. (17)
18. Pittsburgh Pirates. Wonder if Hurdle can leap past critics to survive after another collapse. (18)
19. San Diego Padres. Headley would get lots of MVP chatter on a better team. (19)
20. Seattle Mariners. Starting next year, they'll have Astros behind them. (20)
21. New York Mets. R.A. gets win No. 20, deserves Cy No. 1. (30)
22. Kansas City Royals. Playing over .500 since Aug. 1 , but nobody is paying attention. (21)
23. Boston Red Sox. Bobby V. has to go. Has to. Right? (22)
24. Toronto Blue Jays. Wanted: Veteran arm. Maybe two. (23)
25. Miami Marlins. At end of lost season, they get kudos for giving Greenberg one at-bat. (24)
26. Minnesota Twins. Mauer joining Hamilton trying to spoil Miggy's Triple Crown. (25)
27. Cleveland Indians. The ax got Acta, somehow missed GM Antonetti. (26)
28. Colorado Rockies. Finished just 35-46 at Coors, where they should have a huge edge. (27)
29. Chicago Cubs. Barney breaks MLB mark with 142nd straight errorless game at 2B (28)
30. Houston Astros. Big task ahead for new manager Porter, especially in AL West. (29)