The Sun's national baseball writer, Peter Schmuck,...

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The Sun's national baseball writer, Peter Schmuck, ranks the major leagues' 28 teams.

RANK, TEAM, PREVIOUS RANK, COMMENT

1. Cleveland Indians -- 1 -- And the Orioles thought they were too old for a spanking.

2. Cincinnati Reds -- 2 -- The owner may be crazy, but the front office must be doing something right.

3. Boston Red Sox -- 4 -- Getting assist from Indians at just the right time.

4. Philadelphia Phillies -- 5 -- Suddenly under siege from irritatingly resilient Expos.

5. Montreal Expos -- 8 -- Living proof that money isn't everything.

6. Texas Rangers -- 13 -- Baltimore braintrust transplant appears to be successful.

7. California Angels -- 6 -- Big-A no longer stands for adversity.

8. Atlanta Braves -- 3 -- Could not take advantage of Phillies' frustrating fortnight.

9. Colorado Rockies -- 7 -- Rocky Mountain highlight: Rockies have NL's best home record (15-7).

10. Kansas City Royals -- 11 -- Playing royally, but the throne appears to be taken in one-team AL Central.

11. Oakland A's -- 14 -- Rejuvenated McGwire on pace to hit 54 home runs over 144-game schedule.

12. San Francisco Giants -- 10 -- Short-lived NL West lead has disappeared into thin air.

13. Chicago Cubs -- 9 -- Siegfried and Roy couldn't have pulled off a better disappearing act.

14. Los Angeles Dodgers -- 16 -- Could pitch their way into first place in a week, but still looking for the right stuff.

15. Seattle Mariners -- 12 -- They've fallen and they aren't expected to get up.

16. Houston Astros -- 15 -- Would be competitive if they played .500 ball at home.

17. Orioles -- 17 -- Rebounding ballclub ran into a major roadblock in Cleveland.

18. New York Yankees -- 22 -- Signing Strawberry is not the answer.

19. San Diego Padres -- 24 -- New attendance gimmick: frequent friar program.

20. Detroit Tigers -- 23 -- Unlike other AL East pretenders, at least Tigers acknowledge they're rebuilding.

21. St. Louis Cardinals -- 21 -- Need a team of Clydesdales to pull them into contention.

22. Toronto Blue Jays -- 20 -- Starting to look like defenseless World Series champions.

23. Chicago White Sox -- 18 -- Have right idea in AL Central: What's the point?

24. Milwaukee Brewers -- 19-- If you like good baseball and great German food, you can get just as much of both in Berlin.

25. New York Mets -- 26 -- Survey shows that 58 percent of fans come to Shea Stadium for the airport noise.

26. Pittsburgh Pirates -- 25 -- Will new ownership take Bucs in new direction?

27. Florida Marlins -- 28 -- Only Twins, Devil Rays and Diamondbacks have won fewer games this year.

28. Minnesota Twins -- 27 -- Will the last person out of the Metrodome please make sure the air locks are closed.

Note: Statistics through Wednesday's games.

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