Brewers first baseman Prince Fielder became the first player in the majors this season to reach 100 runs batted in. ((Patrick McDermott/Getty Images))

Every second Friday,'s Mike Dennis breaks down the balance of power in Major League Baseball.
Record : 83-45
Last 10 : 6-4

Call it the Legend of (Bagger) Vance Worley. Phillies have won each of the last 12 games started by their No. 5 hurler. He’s 9-1 on the season with a 2.65 earned run average and hasn’t lost since May.
2. BOSTON RED SOX[no change]
Record : 80-50
Last 10 : 6-4

Red Sox faltered a bit with four of their opening day starters out of the line-up but they’re getting healthy again with the return of most valuable player candidate Jacoby Ellsbury and David “Big Papi” Ortiz. Pounded Texas in back-to-back outings in Arlington, giving Boston major league-leading 20 games with 10 or more runs.
3. NEW YORK YANKEES[no change]
Record : 78-50
Last 10 : 6-4

Ivan Nova and Phil Hughes (until latest start) have eclipsed Golden Oldies Bartolo Colon and Freddy Garcia moving up to No. 2 and No. 3 in the Yankees’ rotation behind CC Sabathia. Can’t say the same for AJ Burnett, who’s melting down like the Wicked Witch of the West.

Record : 78-54
Last 10 : 7-3

Nice 5-2 road trip for the Brewers who formerly couldn’t win away from Milwaukee. A stretch of 24-5 following the all-star break has taken care of that and most of the concerns in the National League Central pennant race. 3-4 combo of Ryan Braun (.330)/Prince Fielder (first to 100 RBI) fuels attack.

5. ATLANTA BRAVES[down from 4]
Record : 79-53
Last 10 : 8-2

Braves have the second best record in the National League and nearly a double digit lead for the wild card spot. They also feature 23-year-old Craig Kimbrel who’s already tied the major league record for saves by a rookie (40, set last year by Neftali Feliz of Texas). Kimbrel is holding hitters to a .114 average and hasn’t allowed a run since June 11.
6. TEXAS RANGERS[no change]
Record : 74-58
Last 10 : 4-6

Could it be the Rangers young starters that are wilting in the Texas heat in the Dog Days of summer? Despite a winning percentage by starters near .650, the Rangers fear fatigue may be sapping Matt Harrison, Alexi Ogando and Derek Holland down the stretch.
7. DETROIT TIGERS[up from 9]
Record : 71-59
Last 10 : 7-3

In Justin Verlander’s 28 starts the Tigers have a record of 20-8. All other starters on the team have a record of .500. Verlander tied his career best 19 wins with one more start this month and all of September to come.
8. (tie) ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS[up from 10]
Record : 72-59
Last 10: 4-6

Diamondbacks started an infield composed of Lyle Overbay, Aaron Hill and John McDonald, from first to short in Wednesday’s win over the Nationals. They ended a six-game losing streak with back-to-back two-run victories as they battle San Francisco for the NL West title.
8. (tie) SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS[no change]
Record : 69-62
Last 10 : 3-7

Many predict that last year’s World Series victory will make the difference as the Giants fight Arizona in the NL West. A slew of injuries, including closer Brian Wilson, hasn’t helped their cause, though Cameron Maybin, with 20 stolen bases since the all-star break, is aiding their cause.
10. LOS ANGELES ANGELS[down from 7]
Record : 71-59
Last 10 : 6-4

Jered Weaver figured he could get by with the five-year, $85-million US contract extension he signed with the Angels and showed his gratitude in his first start since the deal with seven shutout innings en route to his 15th win in 21 decisions. Weaver leads the AL with a 2.03 ERA and gives L.A. hope of overcoming Texas.
11. TAMPA BAY RAYS[up from 12]
Record : 70-59
Last 10 : 6-4

The Rays may still have some sting left as they play the Yankees and the Red Sox 13 times in the last month of the season. Evan Longoria joined Brave great Eddie Mathews as the only third basemen to have 20-plus homers their first four years in the majors.
12. CLEVELAND INDIANS[up from 13]
Record : 63-64
Last 10 : 3-7

Getting beat up at home by the Mariners didn’t help the Indians pennant chances and the same can be said about the acquisition of Ubaldo Jimenez from the Rockies. Allowing 21 runs in his first 21 innings with Cleveland (four unearned) has to be considered pretty rocky.
13. CHICAGO WHITE SOX[up from 15]
Record : 63-65
Last 10 : 5-5

For a brief moment, Ozzie Guillen’s White Sox were second in the AL Central; for a moment, Alex Rios had a game-winning hit; for a moment, Adam Dunn came out of his coma. Wait, that hasn’t happened yet. Chicago told the big DH to just concentrate on the last month of the season. It seems that his .165 average and 11 homers with 153 strikeouts (after averaging 40 homers a year for seven years) is just a bad dream.
14. ST. LOUIS CARDINALS[down from 11]
Record : 68-63
Last 10 : 3-7

Even comic book hero MothMan, a.k.a. Matt Holliday, can’t get the Cardinals flying in the right direction. The St. Louis outfielder has suffered from appendicitis, lower back pain and the old-moth-flying- inside-your-ear trick. His Cardinals have dropped 10 games off Milwaukee’s pace.
15. TORONTO BLUE JAYS[down from 14]
Record : 66-64
Last 10 : 5-5

Some good, some bad and farewell, for now, to Johnny Mac and Aaron Hill, traded to Arizona. Ricky Romero has been very good of late with a 5-0 stretch allowing less than a run a game. Even a so-so start against K.C. saw him navigate through six innings, giving up three runs.
16. CINCINNATI REDS[up from 17]
Record : 64-66
Last 10 : 5-5

The Reds are trying to find a place for Yonder Alonso in their lineup, playing him at first, third and the outfield. Hurricane Irene chased the Reds and Miami native Alonso out of town a day early as they played a doubleheader with the Marlins Wednesday, cancelling Thursday’s tilt.
Record : 62-67
Last 10 : 5-5

After a 1-4 record in his first month, Nationals’ hurler Jordan Zimmerman has lowered his ERA to 3.10 as he approaches an innings limitation after coming back from elbow ligament replacement surgery. He’s another piece in the making of a contender.
18. COLORADO ROCKIES[up from 21]
Record : 63-68
Last 10 : 7-3

The Rockies put in a claim for Houston’s Wandy Rodriguez and then watched him pitch against them, allowing 10 hits, four earned runs in six innings. His $36 million contract spread over three years figures to be too much of an obstacle for the teams to work out a trade.
19. PITTSBURGH PIRATES[up from 20]
Record : 61-69
Last 10 : 4-6

Those July trade deadline moves for the Pirates didn’t work out very well. Two of the bats they added, Derrek Lee (broken wrist) and Ryan Ludwick (back spasms) have already gone on the disabled list. Barring a September surge, that’s where Pittsburgh’s winning season hopes have gone, too.
20. NEW YORK METS[down from 16]
Record : 61-68
Last 10 : 3-7

The Mets ended a five-game losing skid with a win over the Phillies but saw their most consistent starter Jon Niese go on the DL. Each step forward this season seems to be accompanied by a black cloud for New York’s "other" team.
21. LOS ANGELES DODGERS[up from 23]
Record : 60-69
Last 10 : 5-5

Dodgers looked like they knew what they were doing, sweeping the Cardinals. Clayton Kershaw went to 16-5 with a league-leading 207 strikeouts. Matt Kemp is one homer away from joining Raul Mondesi as the Dodgers’ lone 30- homer/30-stolen base producers.
22. SAN DIEGO PADRES[up from 25]
Record : 60-71
Last 10 : 7-3

Padres had their season-high five-game win streak halted by the Freak, Tim Lincecum, in a 2-1 defeat. San Diego was 18-27 in one-run games.
23. OAKLAND ATHLETICS[no change]
Record : 59-71
Last 10 : 6-4

Remember how the A's had one of the best rotations in baseball at the start of the season? Well, a 4.60 earned-run average since the all-star break isn't helping their cause to get back to .500.
24. CHICAGO CUBS[up from 27]
Record : 57-74
Last 10: 4-6

The Cubbies pulled Carlos Pena back from waivers after the New York Yankees claimed him, but they didn’t do the same for long-time general manager Jim Hendry, did they? Aramis Ramirez needs one homer for his sixth 25-homer, 30-double campaign with Chicago, matching the great Billy Williams.

25. MINNESOTA TWINS[down from 22]
Record : 55-75
Last 10 : 2-8

The hits keep coming for the Twins. No, not on the diamond, but on the injury front. Michael Cuddyer, hit by a pitch in the wrist, joined Justin Morneau (foot), Tsuyoshi Nishioka (back spasms) and Joe Mauer (neck) who missed games after extensive time off due to injury. Being swept at home by Baltimore didn't help.

26. SEATTLE MARINERS[no change]
Record : 56-73
Last 10 : 4-6

Suddenly potent Mariners attack produced 21 runs in back-to-back games for first time in four years. Influx of youngsters led by Dustin Ackley responsible for team average of .283 for August, about 60 points higher than rest of the season.
27. FLORIDA MARLINS[down from 19]
Record : 58-72
Last 10 : 2-8

How Tweet it was! Twitter Master Logan Morrison returned from a punitive stay in AAA New Orleans with a homer and a single for the Marlins. Then they dropped second game of a doubleheader to fall 26 games behind the Phillies.
28. KANSAS CITY ROYALS[no change]
Record : 54-77
Last 10: 4-6

After seven big-league seasons, Vancouver’s Jeff Francis made his first start in Canada against the Blue Jays, hoping to emulate the success fellow B.C. native Brett Lawrie enjoyed when he joined the Blue Jays. A 0-3 stretch in three August starts had Francis in danger of losing his spot in the rotation.
29. BALTIMORE ORIOLES[no change]
Record : 51-77
Last 10 : 5-5

Eerie coincidence that on the day that former Orioles and Blue Jays pitcher Mike Flanagan was discovered dead outside his Maryland home, that Jeremy Guthrie, wearing Flanagan’s old No. 46 jersey, gave up one run in seven innings for a victory. Flanagan signed Guthrie as a free agent when he was team vice-president.
30. HOUSTON ASTROS[no change]
Record : 43-88
Last 10 : 5-5

After getting swept by Colorado, the Astros were in no mood to hand over Wandy Rodriguez who was claimed by the Rockies. That’s the most resistance Houston has shown all season.