Atlanta Braves (83-53)
Andrelton Simmons is arguably the most exciting player on the Braves. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)<br><br>The Braves added a big arm to their bullpen by calling up veteran right-hander Freddy Garcia from Triple-A.
Boston Red Sox (82-56)
Boston is pulling away with the division bit by bit. (Photo by Winslow Townson/Getty Images)<br><br>The Red Sox acquired utility infielder John McDonald and designated reliever Daniel Bard for assignment.
Los Angeles Dodgers (81-55)
Yasiel Puig's situation is getting a little overblown, though the design is to improve him as a player. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)<br><br>The amazing run of the Dodgers has brought out their fans en masse, and their attendance has surpassed 3 million fans at Dodger Stadium. It is the 27th time in franchise history and 17th time in the past 18 years.
Detroit Tigers (80-57)
Think Tigers pitchers enjoy having Jose Iglesias around? (Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images)<br><br>Tigers recalled Octavio Dotel from his rehab assignment, but will not activate him from the disabled list. Instead his will be shut down for the season with a forearm injury.
Pittsburgh Pirates (79-57)
Marlon Byrd doesn't need to continue his incredible season to be an upgrade. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)<br><br>The Pirates are on the verge of ending a two-decade-long drought of losing seasons, with securing their 81st victory, which would ensure, at the very least, a .500 finish to the season.
St. Louis Cardinals (79-57)
Don't be surprised if John Axford has a big month for the Cardinals. (Photo by Mark Hirsch/Getty Images)<br><br>Carlos Beltran remained out of the starting lineup for the second straight day with tightness in his lower back as the team takes on division rival the Reds.
Texas Rangers (79-57)
Yu Darvish is still very good. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)<br><br>Nelson Cruz spoke to the media regarding his 50-game suspension. He again apologized for violating the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program and hopes that he will be on the postseason roster.
Oakland Athletics (78-58)
Oakland with a big week. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)<br><br>A's catcher John Jaso has been on the disabled list for more than a month with a concussion is still waiting for clearance from the doctors to start his rehab assignment.
Cincinnati Reds (76-61)
It bears repeating that Aroldis Chapman is striking out 15 batters per nine innings. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)<br><br>On Labor Day the Reds opened a four-game series vs. division rival the Cardinals with a 7-2 win.
Tampa Bay Rays (75-60)
Jeremy Hellickson's demotion is all-around disappointing. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)<br><br>Rays closer Fernando Rodney blew his eighth save of the season as the Rays gave up a four-run lead en route to a 6-5 loss to the Angels.
New York Yankees (72-64)
One big offseason question: Will Hiroki Kuroda return for another season or head back to Japan? (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)<br><br>The Yankees missed an opportunity have a three-game sweep of the Orioles when the bullpen gave up seven runs in the seventh inning to lose 7-3 on Sunday.
Cleveland Indians (72-64)
Jason Kubel could add value to the Indians as a platoon player. (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)<br><br>Indians pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez recorded 10 strikeouts in seven innings against the Braves. But he gave up a three-run home run and the Indians offense could muster more than a run in the loss.
Baltimore Orioles (72-63)
Mike Morse should add right-handed pop to the O's lineup. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)<br><br>The Orioles claimed Twins left fielder Josh Willingham off of waivers last week.
Kansas City Royals (70-66)
Eric Hosmer's having a better season than people realize. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)<br><br>Royals called up left-hander Francisley Bueno and catcher Brett Hayes from Triple-A Omaha as the rosters expanded on September 1.
Washington Nationals (69-67)
As bad as Danny Espinosa has been this season, it wouldn't be a shock to see another team take a chance on him. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)<br><br>The Nationals hit three homers, and shutout the Marlins, 9-0. The series sweep put the Nationals 6 1/2 games behind the Reds for the second Wild Card spot.
Arizona Diamondbacks (69-66)
After all the hoopla, Cody Ross, though injured, has more plate appearances and better numbers than Chris Young. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)<br><br>The D-backs added veteran relievers David Hernandez and Tony Sipp to their embattled bullpen with September call-ups.
Colorado Rockies (65-73)
Michael Cuddyer really bounced back this season. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)<br><br>Todd Helton had a big week, first he hit two three-run home runs in a single game then later in the week he hit a double against the Reds for his 2,500th career hit.
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (63-72)
Josh Hamilton is playing better lately. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)<br><br>The Angels snapped their four-game win streak with a 4-1 loss to the Rays and their are reports that the loses are taking a toll on manager Mike Scioscia.
Toronto Blue Jays (62-75)
Josh Johnson's season is over. He'll be an interesting free agent. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)<br><br>Despite having a below .500 season, Blue Jays manager John Gibbons received support of general manager Alex Anthopoulos last week and will be returning for the 2014 season.
Philadelphia Phillies (62-75)
Roy Halladay has a month to show teams he can pitch in the majors. (Photo by Brian Garfinkel/Getty Images)<br><br>The Phillies traded infielder Michael Young to the Dodgers for Minor League left-handed pitcher Rob Rasmussen over the weekend.
Seattle Mariners (62-74)
The Mariners probably should've dealt Mike Morse a month ago. Let's see what they got from the Orioles. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)<br><br>The Mariners snapped their six-game losing streak with a 3-2 win over the Astros and were powered by two home runs.
San Diego Padres (60-76)
Will the Padres move Nick Hundley this winter? He rebounded after a rough 2012. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)<br><br>The Padres matched a MLB record this past week by using five different third basemen. The record was set by the Phillies in 1971.
New York Mets (62-73)
The Mets did well to get Dilson Herrera and Victor Black for Marlon Byrd and John Buck. (Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images)<br><br>Jon Niese gave the Mets a spark and the bullpen some reliefe as he pitched a complete game and shutout their rivals, the Phillies 5-0 at Citi Field.
San Francisco Giants (61-75)
The question of the offseason for the Giants: Will they re-sign Tim Lincecum? (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)<br><br>Barry Zito remains without a win on the road after losing his Labor Day start against the Padres. Zito is the first pitcher since Omar Daal in 2000 to start a season by losing nine straight road decisions.
Milwaukee Brewers (59-77)
John Axford was a plausible non-tender candidate. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)<br><br> The Brewers acquired relief pitcher Michael Blazek from the Cardinals and will be joining the big league team as they host the Pirates.
Minnesota Twins (59-76)
Oswaldo Arcia has, for the most part, held his own. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)<br><br>The Twins traded Justin Morneau to the Pirates, in return the Twin acquire outfielder Alex Presley and a player to be named or cash.
Chicago Cubs (58-78)
Welington Castillo and Dioner Navarro have exceeded expectations. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)<br><br>Cubs starter Jeff Samardzija was given a five run lead heading into the sixth inning then gave up four runs in the sixth and one in the seventh, then the Phillies scored a run in the ninth to win 6-5.
Chicago White Sox (56-79)
Jeff Keppinger has played more like his old self lately. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)<br><br>White Sox pitcher Chris Sale struck out 12 Astros in eight-plus innings, and allowed just one run on four hits, as Chicago beat Houston 6-1.
Miami Marlins (50-85)
Jake Marisnick has struggled so far. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)<br><br>The Marlins will shutdown their star pitcher Jose Fernandez. The team announced Fernandez will make two more starts, and won't combine for more than 12 total innings.
Houston Astros (45-91)
The Astros will officially be the last team to 50 wins. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)<br><br>Astros left-hander Brett Oberholtzer struck out five Mariners in Houston's first complete game of the season Sunday, shutting out Seattle 2-0.