Before we get to the rankings, here is a fun story courtesy of the Baltimore Sun.
The Orioles signed 20-year-old infielder Cory Segui to a minor-league deal this week and sent him to the Gulf Coast League. He was a non-drafted free agent who was reportedly going to Emporia State for his junior year after playing at Scottsdale Community College (nickname: Fighting Artichokes).
His grandfather is former Kansas City A’s pitcher Diego Segui, and Cory’s dad is former Oriole David Segui, who attended Bishop Ward High School. David Segui has ties with Baltimore, having spent eight years with the Orioles.
That includes a second stint from 2001-04 that didn’t exactly go as planned.
David Segui signed a four-year, $28 million deal, but played in less than 200 games in those four seasons because of injury.
Cory, however, got no signing bonus when he agreed to a contract with the Orioles. Daddy wasn’t disappointed, though.
“I figured Peter (Angelos, the owner) paid me enough, that’s Cory’s signing bonus right now,” David Segui said. “When I die, he’s going to get some of it.”
Now on to the rankings:
1 Nationals (Last week: 1): Is there friction between manager Davey Johnson and GM Mike Rizzo?
2 Rangers (2): Yu Darvish (right quadriceps tightness) is expected to make his next start on Tuesday.
3 Reds (3): Still has a comfortable lead, but losing two of three to Cards still smarts.
4 Yankees (4): Sabathia’s return should give the team a lift.
5 Braves (5): They’re not out of the race in the East.
6 Giants (6): Good news is they hit the road where they have won 10 of their last 13. Giants are 6-12 in last 18 at home.
7 White Sox (8): Alex Rios is third player in franchise history with 30 doubles, 20 homers and 20 stolen bases in a season (Ray Durham, Maggio Ordonez).
8 Rays (9): Their starting rotation gives them a chance to win any series.
9 A's (10): Hanging tough in the wake of the Colon suspension.
10 Tigers (11): Miguel Cabrera (sore right ankle) hopes to return to lineup against Royals. We think he should get his rest.
11 Cardinals (13): Matt Holliday has quietly put together a monster season.
12 Dodgers (14): Missing the playoffs is not an option for Don Mattingly.
13 Orioles (12): Trade for Joe Saunders could be just enough to get O’s in the playoffs.
14 Pirates (7): Absolutely must win the series with the Cardinals this week.
15 Angels (15): Don’t think they expected to be 10 back of the Rangers in the loss column this season.
16 Diamondbacks (16): Being swept by the Padres at home marks end of their playoff hopes.
17 Phillies (20): Congratulations to Cliff Lee on getting his first home win of the year.
18 Red Sox (17): Mike Aviles just loves hitting against the Royals.
19 Mariners (22): Had been playing great prior to three tough losses at the White Sox.
20 Mets (19): Shutting down Johan Santana was the right thing to do.
21 Brewers (21): Milwaukee takes two of three from Pirates for first road series win since All-Star break.
22 Blue Jays (18): Spared a possible eighth straight loss Sunday by rain.
23 Royals (23): From here on out only 13 games are against teams not in the playoff chase.
24 Marlins (24): The John Buck Mendoza Watch: The former Royal is hitting .364 in his last 10 games and is average is up to .198.
25 Padres (27): They are only one game under. 500 at home this year (31-32).
26 Twins (26): None of the team’s starters from the projected opening-day roster are on the team’s 40-man roster.
27 Cubs (28): Chris Volstad’s victory Sunday was his first since July 10 -- of 2011.
28 Indians (25): Manny Acta gets a vote of confidence, but does he really to stay in Cleveland?
29 Rockies (29): Carlos Gonzalez (21 HRs, 81 RBIs) has been a revelation this season.
30 Astros (30): It’s officially football season as Houston is first team eliminated from playoff contention.
| Pete Grathoff, email@example.com