CF Jim Edmonds, Cardinals
Ranked fifth in the majors in OPS, Edmonds continues to play the best centerfield defense this side of Atlanta's Andruw Jones.
RF Gary Sheffield, Braves
At 34 he still has fast bat speed (18 HRs), and he was the only player ranked among the top 30 in OPS with at least 10 stolen bases.
Starting pitcher Kevin Brown, Dodgers
He's 9-1 for the worst-scoring team in the league, allowing only three fly balls and five hits per game.
Potential free agent Rafael Palmeiro could remain a Ranger for life if he accepts a DH role while the team grooms Mark Teixeira at first base. Palmeiro, however, has begun grumbling already and may have to move on....
The Blue Jays' resurgence after a poor April is bad news for contenders with a shopping list. Toronto has scrapped plans to trade pitcher Kelvim Escobar and leftfielder Shannon Stewart....
Farewell to classy third baseman Matt Williams, who retired last week with similar career numbers to Ron Cey's in hits (1.878 to 1,868), batting average (.268 to .261), RBIs (1,218 to 1,139), runs (997 to 977) and OPS (.806 to .799). He also had a big edge in home runs (378 to 316).