Power Rankings: Phillies coast; Tigers charge

Phillies clinch a playoff spot, Tigers make a run for best in AL, Diamondbacks finishing off a remarkable turnaround and Rays remain relevant into mid-September.

There, a whole sentence without Yankees or Red Sox. Enjoy it for another two weeks.

The rankings (Records through Wednesday's games):

Philadelphia
Philadelphia

1.Philadelphia Phillies (95-51; Previous: 1) – In show of solidarity with their NBA brothers, Phillies won't work for the next two weeks either.


New York
New York

2.New York Yankees (90-58; Previous: 3) – Yanks mulling postseason rotation. So far, have ruled out going alphabetically or boy-girl-boy-girl.


Detroit
Detroit

3.Detroit Tigers (87-62; Previous: 9) – Verlander and Fister and pray for a twister. No? Verlander and Fister and who's that, yer sister? All I got.


Boston
Boston

4.Boston Red Sox (86-62; Previous: 2) – Manny claims domestic violence accusation is a case of mistaken identity. See, he thought she was the traveling secretary.


Arizona
Arizona

5.Arizona Diamondbacks (87-63; Previous: 7) – Gibson so tough he doesn't have to shave. He glares at whiskers until they fall off, slink away.


Texas
Texas

6.Texas Rangers (85-64; Previous: 6) – New eye drops allow Hamilton to hit better during day games. Also can see straight through umpires' uniforms.


Milwaukee
Milwaukee

7.Milwaukee Brewers (87-63; Previous: 4) – Brewers fatten up on bad teams, defend themselves by reminding folks they do play in the National League.


Tampa Bay
Tampa Bay

8.Tampa Bay Rays (82-66; Previous: 8) – Manny argues he is incapable of hitting anybody. As proof, enters into evidence five games with Rays, .059 batting average.


Atlanta
Atlanta

9.Atlanta Braves (86-64; Previous: 5) – Braves reminded to check their mirrors before backing into October.


Los Angeles
Los Angeles

10.Los Angeles Angels (82-67; Previous: 10) – Angels drop veteran in batting order, admit they'd gone to the Wells once too often.


St. Louis
St. Louis

11.St. Louis Cardinals (81-68; Previous: 12) – Holliday 2011 injuries/ailments: appendix removal, food poisoning, quadriceps tweak, weight-room oblique yank, left-field moth trap, on-deck circle hand sprain. Plan for 2012: Avoid hospitals, restaurants, running, bench press, outfield, bat doughnuts.


San Francisco
San Francisco

12.San Francisco Giants (79-70; Previous: 11) – Other stuff that's disappeared in Brian Wilson's(notes) beard: run support, August, Cody Ross(notes), October, and a pair of orange socks.


Toronto
Toronto

13.Toronto Blue Jays (75-74; Previous: 15) – Loewen had never beaten Red Sox as pitcher. If he couldn't do it as hitter, was going to challenge them to badminton.


Los Angeles
Los Angeles

14.Los Angeles Dodgers (73-75; Previous: 17) – Dodgers rookie spotted in men's room, not first time team accused of having its Sands in the head.


Chicago
Chicago

15.Chicago White Sox (73-75; Previous: 13) – Ozzie says he doesn't care if Reinsdorf dumps him. Which, apparently, is why he refuses to stop talking about it.


Cleveland
Cleveland

16.Cleveland Indians (72-74; Previous: 14) – Indians cut Head, team runs around for several games before falling down.


Cincinnati
Cincinnati

17.Cincinnati Reds (73-76; Previous: 16) – Prodigious Juan Francisco(notes) home run leaves Great American Ball Park in a hurry. Not as fast as Reds' repeat hopes. But, still …


Colorado
Colorado

18.Colorado Rockies (70-78; Previous: 19) – Eliezer Alfonzo(notes) to fight steroids suspension. After testing positive for "bronchitis medication" three years ago, he certainly knows how easy it is to contract these hard-core steroids.


Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh

19.Pittsburgh Pirates (67-82; Previous: 21) – I ranked the Pirates 19 for obvious – and symbolic – reasons. Sorry, Pittsburgh.


New York
New York

20.New York Mets (71-78; Previous: 18) – Mets cite deep perspective gained from 9/11 anniversary, throw total hissy fit over what caps they get to wear.


Washington
Washington

21.Washington Nationals (70-77; Previous: 20) – Nats rookies forced to dress as Smurfs, yet another blue period in franchise annals.


Florida
Florida

22.Florida Marlins (67-81; Previous: 22) – Florida Marlins become Miami Marlins. Anaheim, out of habit, sues.


Oakland
Oakland

23.Oakland Athletics (67-82; Previous: 24) – Beane attends "Moneyball" premiere, thinks it's a decent summer movie, but might not hold up in October.


Chicago
Chicago

24.Chicago Cubs (65-84; Previous: 25) – Cubs say they're not letting up in final games, explain they got that out of their system in first four months.


Kansas City
Kansas City

25.Kansas City Royals (64-86; Previous: 27) – Royals petition league to have Baseball America organizational rankings factored into AL Central standings.


San Diego
San Diego

26.San Diego Padres (63-87; Previous: 23) – Padres go geographical, finish in extreme southwest of standings, too.


Baltimore
Baltimore

27.Baltimore Orioles (60-88; Previous: 29) – They go to Camden Yards to see the O's. And the Ews. And the Ughs. Sometimes, the Icks. Mostly, though, the Ohs.


Seattle
Seattle

28.Seattle Mariners (62-87; Previous: 26) – M's throttle Yanks behind former bartender and one-time substitute teacher, which is pretty much how David Wells got it in that diner.


Minnesota
Minnesota

29.Minnesota Twins (59-89; Previous: 28) – Season's gotten so bad, Twins don't even look like themselves anymore.


Houston
Houston

30.Houston Astros (51-98; Previous: 30) – On the bright side, it'll be a long time before anyone with SABR accuses the Astros of WAR profiteering.