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MLB Power Rankings: Red Sox crack top 5

(Through Friday's games. Last week in parenthesis)

1. Chicago Cubs. NL Central clinching was end of summer-long coronation. (1).

2. Texas Rangers. Are MLB-best 33-10 in one-run games. (2)

3. Washington Nationals. Good thing Murphy has no opt-out: He'd make a killing this winter. (3)

4. Cleveland Indians. A 12-1 record vs. Tigers is the difference in AL Central race. (4)

5. Boston Red Sox. Have scored at least 100 more runs than every AL team. (6)

6. Los Angeles Dodgers. Scully opts out of playoffs, will call finale Oct. 2 in San Francisco. (5)

7. Baltimore Orioles. Simply too many empty seats in Camden Yards for a contender. (8)

8. Toronto Blue Jays. Climbing uphill after offense disappears during 3-9 September swoon. (7)

9. Detroit Tigers. Need to do better at home than split of four-gamer vs. Twins. (9)

10. San Francisco Giants. Fighting Mets, Cards for home field in wild-card game. (11)

11. New York Mets. Bronx native T.J. Rivera belts 10th-inning homer to win game in Washington. (12)

12. St. Louis Cardinals. They seem to play every October. (13).

13. New York Yankees. Hanley's walkoff at Fenway a dagger to playoff hopes. (10)

14. Seattle Mariners. Have joined Tigers in sneaking back into wild-card race. (15)

15. Houston Astros. Just 4-15 against Rangers, including eight one-run losses. (14).

16. Kansas City Royals. Playoff hopes toast after yielding franchise-record 43 runs in four-game sweep at hands of A's. (16)

17. Miami Marlins. Playoff run will fall short. Quest for winning season continues. (17)

18. Pittsburgh Pirates. Cole shut down for season with elbow inflammation. (18)

19. Colorado Rockies. Hailstorm at Coors delays game against Padres. (19)

20. Chicago White Sox. How long ago that 23-10 start seems. (20)

21. Philadelphia Phillies. Howard has 22 home runs but remains below Mendoza Line. (21)

22. Milwaukee Brewers. Spoiled Cubs' official clincher, victimized by ceremonial one. (22)

23. Los Angeles Angels. Three HRs in two games for Simmons after just one in his first 109. (23)

24. Oakland Athletics. Healy crushes 480-footer at Kansas City. (24)

25. Tampa Bay Rays. Wrapped up season series victory over Blue Jays with split in Rogers Centre. (25)

26. San Diego Padres. GM Preller slapped with 30-day suspension for holding back medical info on Pomeranz trade with Boston. (28)

27. Arizona Diamondbacks. MLB's biggest underachievers. (26)

28. Cincinnati Reds. Hamilton hits DL with oblique issue. (27)

29. Atlanta Braves. Stinky. (29).

30. Minnesota Twins. Stinkier. (30)

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