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Baseball Sunday

The quote:

"I didn't recognize him. Twice."

—Rays shortstop Jason Bartlett on manager Joe Maddon, who dyed his normally gray hair jet black in preparation for the team's upcoming Johnny Cash-themed road trip

The stat:

15Straight games with 10 or more hits for the Marlins (a streak snapped Thursday night), the longest such streak since the 1937 St. Louis Browns. Has the trade for Nick Johnson made the difference? "It may not be a coincidence," manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "Believe it or not, we preach taking pitches, working the count, but haven't seen it."

Top to bottom

1. New York Yankees

Record: 77-45 Last Week: 1

Jeter .543 BA (19-35) in last 8

2. Los Angeles Angels

Record: 73-47 Last Week: 3

Staggering 5.03 ERA since break

3. Los Angeles Dodgers

Record: 73-50 Last Week: 2

Something goes in here please

4. Boston Red Sox

Record: 69-52 Last Week: 6

Ortiz HR in 3 straight this week

5. Philadelphia Phillies

Record: 69-50 Last Week: 4

Pitching pickups paying off

6. St. Louis Cardinals

Record: 70-54 Last Week: 5

Beat Dodgers in tough series

7. Texas Rangers

Record: 68-53 Last Week: 7

Starting critical 9-game road trip

8. Colorado Rockies

Record: 68-54 Last Week: 8

Critical stretch vs. Giants, Dodgers

9. Tampa Bay Rays

Record: 66-55 Last Week: 15

Bartlett .385 BA as leadoff man

10. San Francisco Giants

Record: 67-55 Last Week: 11

Finally starting to get some hitting

11. Detroit Tigers

Record: 65-56 Last Week: 10

Cabrera hitting .370 since break

12. Atlanta Braves

Record: 64-58 Last Week: 12

Battling injuries

13. Florida Marlins

Record: 65-57 Last Week: 9

Miami Herald: The Big Teal Machine

14. Chicago White Sox

Record: 62-60 Last Week: 14

Play next 20 without a day off

15. Chicago Cubs

Record: 61-59 Last Week: 13

Piniella hoping for Law of Averages

16. Seattle Mariners

Record: 63-59 Last Week: 17

Next 10 versus sub .500 teams

17. Minnesota Twins

Record: 59-63 Last Week: 16

Mauer batting .418 last month

18. Milwaukee Brewers

Record: 59-62 Last Week: 20

Struggling through easy schedule

19. Toronto Blue Jays

Record: 56-64 Last Week: 18

2-7 during Yanks, Rays, Sox stretch

20. Houston Astros

Record: 59-62 Last Week: 23

Signed RP Armando Benitez

21. New York Mets

Record: 57-65 Last Week: 21

40 anniversary of Miracle Mets

22. Oakland Athletics

Record: 53-68 Last Week: 22

12-19 record in one-run games

23. Arizona D-backs

Record: 54-69 Last Week: 19

Reynolds hits 38th homer

24. Cincinnati Reds

Record: 51-70 Last Week: 25

Last place in nearly all batting stats

25. Cleveland Indians

Record: 52-69 Last Week: 26

Peralta .355 BA, 26 RBIs last month

26. Baltimore Orioles

Record: 50-72 Last Week: 24

11-24 record during day games

27. San Diego Padres

Record: 52-72 Last Week: 28

Blanks hits 3 HRs last week

28. Pittsburgh Pirates

Record: 50-70 Last Week: 30

Ties season's longest winning steak

29. Washington Nationals

Record: 43-79 Last Week: 27 Strasburg meets team

30. Kansas City Royals

Record: 47-74 Last Week: 29

Butler hitting .342 in August