We have a new leader and two more teams have been eliminated…Fortunately the Rays have one more game left at The Trop (today versus the Yankees), as they are a decidedly different team at home than on the road. This past weekend, the Rays took two of three from the Yankees and now have fallen two games behind the Royals for the worst record in baseball. After pretending to be a major league baseball team the first part of this month, the Royals have come back down to earth with six straight losses. With seven games remaining, all on the road, all against Minnesota and Detroit, Kansas City is threatening to run away with this race. Still, the thoughts of the team and their fans may be elsewhere…On the northside of Chi-Town, fans are more worried about who will be managing the team in 2007. Speaking of which, when did Joe Girardi suddenly become Sparky Anderson? Yes he has done a superb job with a AAA team, but it is only one season. The Cubs have bigger problems, and we would argue less talent (especially the pitching staff) than the Marlins. As for the 2006 Baby Bears, they have lost 4 of 5 and are hanging on by a thread at 4.5 games out. Still, Chicago is quickly running out of time…The Pirates finally ended their 5-game winning streak, and have now lost four in a row. But like the Cubbies, it is too little too late and the Pirates can be eliminated as early as today…Both Baltimore and Washington were eliminated from the race this weekend.