Last week's rankings in parentheses.
1. Yankees (2): Went 9-5 after CC Sabathia's last start of the first half. If Brian Cashman adds a starter, they could push their lead in the AL East to double digits.
2. Rangers (1): Jon Daniels is exploring the Cole Hamels market as Rangers don't have a clear No. 1 guy in the rotation. The bullpen could be really good, however, with Alexi Ogando and Neftali Feliz about to return from the DL.
3. Nationals (3): Among the NL contenders, only the Nats, Pirates and Dodgers haven't pushed anyone to 120 pitches.
4. Angels (4): Jered Weaver andC.J. Wilson (19-6, 2.21 in 208 combined innings) were the best 1-2 combination of starters in the majors in the first half.
5. White Sox (6): Since May 23, the lineup built around Paul Konerko has scored 5.5 runs per game. That's an 899-run pace over a 162-game season. In the last eight seasons, only the '04 Red Sox, '05 Red Sox, '06 Yankees, '07 Yankees, '08 Rangers and '09 Yankees have reached that level in scoring. Kevin Youkilis helps, but this was an under-rated lineup before he arrived.
6. Reds (5): Mat Latos was very good in his last three starts. He and Johnny Cueto could be a formidable 1-2 tandem in the second half.
7. Pirates (14): No collapse in sight.
8. Tigers (11): Delmon Young homered in the last four games of the first half. He added a major second-half lift last season, and could do it again this year.
9. Cardinals (12): Is John Mozeliak really willing to trade Shelby Miller? That's the word as he tries to fill out a rotation that won't be getting Chris Carpenter back.
10. Rays (10): Running in place without Evan Longoria, but still dangerous.
11. Dodgers (9): The next month could be telling with Matt Kemp coming back.
12. Braves (16): Craig Kimbrel's All-Star outing was typical for the game's best closer.
13. Giants (7): Tough schedule before the break was telling, as they dropped series to Pirates, Nationals and Reds. Tim Lincecum's problems have to be draining to teammates.
14. Orioles (8): Since a 27-14 start, they have gone 18-26. There's heat on GM Dan Duquette to show that management has the clubhouse's back but he would like his fielders to cut down on errors. The Orioles lead the majors with 75.
15. Indians (19): All-Star snub is only going to make Jason Kipnis play harder, and that's a good thing. This is a team looking for respect.
16. Mets (15): Dillon Gee's injury could be a death blow for a team that already was missing Mike Pelfrey. Don't be surprised if they become trade deadline sellers, not buyers.
17. Diamondbacks (22): Justin Upton is available for multiple parts.
18. Red Sox (13): This should be when they turn it on, if they're going to.
19. Athletics (21): Believe it or not, they're in the wild-card mix and believe that a healthy Yoenis Cespedes could keep them in the hunt.
20. Blue Jays (17): Lots of high-scoring games. Scoring the third most runs in the AL but also allowing the third most.
21. Marlins (18): Lost their last six starts behind Carlos Zambrano.
22. Royals (20): Don't be surprised if the Royals look to add parts for 2013 at the trade deadline. The Cubs' Matt Garza, who is under control through '13, is an example of the guys on their list as they search for pitching upgrades.
23. Brewers (24): Doug Melvin insists he hasn't decided whether to trade Zack Greinke. But Ryan Braun can't turn Brewers into a contender by himself.
24. Phillies (23): The Futures Game had to be painful for Phillies fans. Three players traded away got invites: first baseman Jonathan Singleton (Astros), center fielder Anthony Gose (Blue Jays) and catcherTravis d'Arnaud (Blue Jays).
25. Mariners (25): Hitting .195 and averaging 2.9 runs at Safeco Field. Those totals are not misprints.
26. Cubs (27): Taking baby steps upward but a tumble could be coming if they act on talks to trade Ryan Dempster and Garza.
27. Twins (26): Is third baseman Trevor Plouffe a comet streaking across the sky or a future star? He's a very productive hitter at a position where there aren't many others.
28. Padres (29): Very worried about Andrew Cashner, who left his start on July 3 after a brilliant debut as a starter June 28.
29. Rockies (30): Maybe the Cubs should have held onto Tyler Colvin a little longer. He has enjoyed the chance to hit in Colorado.
30. Astros (28): Lost 10 of 11 heading to the break to drop to 11-30 since May 25. They were thrilled to land shortstop Carlos Correa with the first overall pick in this year's draft and may get to repeat the process next June.