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Power Rankings for August 17

(Through Thursday night’s games, most recent in parentheses)

1. Oakland Athletics. Lowrie DL trip results in another callup for Brockport native Parrino. (1)

2. Los Angeles Angels. Clear path to hosting AL Wild Card Game if they don’t catch A’s. (2)

3. Baltimore Orioles. On the verge of turning East into stunning runaway. (5)

4. Los Angeles Dodgers. Latest set of Puig acrobatics in outfield robs Braves’ Freeman. (3)

5. Washington Nationals. Incredible run at Citi Field: 25-4, including 11 straight. (7)

6. Kansas City Royals. The end of MLB’s longest playoff drought could be near. (15)

7. Milwaukee Brewers. Fiers just 8th pitcher in history with 14 Ks in six innings or less. (6)

8. Detroit Tigers. Price likely to return to Trop mound on Thursday. (4)

9. Seattle Mariners. Jumped into thick of playoff race with sweep of Jays. (13)

10. St. Louis Cardinals. Ex-Bison Peralta ties franchise mark for homers by a shortstop. (10)

11. Pittsburgh Pirates. Hanging in race even without McCutchen. (12)

12. San Francisco Giants. Only above-.500 team to enter weekend with losing record at home. (9)

13. Toronto Blue Jays. Encarnacion’s no-doubt grand slam one of highlights of season in Coca-Cola Field. (8)

14. New York Yankees. Looking like October-less farewell season for Jeter. (14)

15. Atlanta Braves. Just trying to stay above .500 as Nats pull away. (11)

16. Cincinnati Reds. Phillips’ rehab stint in Louisville is first trip to minors since leaving Buffalo in ’05. (16)

17. Cleveland Indians. Ex-Griff Axford put on waivers, claimed by Pirates. (17)

18. Miami Marlins. Might finish second in NL East. Who had that in March? (18)

19. Tampa Bay Rays. Those were hideous faux 80s throwbacks they pulled out at Wrigley. (19)

20. Chicago White Sox. In non-Jeter retirement news Konerko down to final 25 home games in Windy City. (20)

21. San Diego Padres. Rangers’ Preller takes over in GM office. (23)

22. New York Mets. Collins’ message to Harvey: Back off, you’re not pitching this year. (21)

23. Boston Red Sox. Mega-class for team Hall of Fame: Rocket, Nomar, Pedro. (25)

24. Minnesota Twins. With 12 wins and ERA under 4.00, it’s clear Hughes needed change of scenery to escape the Bronx. (22)

25. Philadelphia Phillies. At this point, Phillyfan more interested in Mo’ne Davis. (24)

26. Arizona Diamondbacks. Have stunk all season. (26)

27. Chicago Cubs. Similar stench, much better future full of prospects. (27)

28. Houston Astros. Went just 3-7 after damaging Jays’ hopes with three straight wins. (29)

29. Colorado Rockies. CarGo joins Tulo on season-ending surgery roll call. (28)

30. Texas Rangers. Darvish joins the DL party. (30).

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