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MLB Power Rankings for August 31

(Through Thursday night’s games, last week in parentheses)

1. Los Angeles Angels. Have pulled away in head-to-head meetings with A’s. (1)

2. Baltimore Orioles. Will win East head-to-head, with 14 of last 17 vs. Yankees, Blue Jays. (2)

3. Washington Nationals. NLCS preview opens Monday in Chavez Ravine? (3)

4. Oakland Athletics. Injuries, weak offense taking sudden toll. (4)

5. Los Angeles Dodgers. Head to Ebay: Tuesday is Magic Johnson Bobblehead Day. (5)

6. Kansas City Royals. Tigers right on their heels. (6)

7. Detroit Tigers. KC a nice story, but defending champs are simply better. (9)

8. Milwaukee Brewers. Garza (rib cage) should rejoin rotation this week. (7)

9. Seattle Mariners. Ten games in September vs. Rangers and Astros should help. (10)

10. St. Louis Cardinals. Yadi back from DL after 40-game absence. (8)

11. San Francisco Giants. Petit unlikely holder of MLB record for batters retired in a row. (11)

12. New York Yankees. Piling up wins but battling injury bug. (13)

13. Atlanta Braves. With third Tommy John looming, Venters likely out until ‘16. (12)

14. Pittsburgh Pirates. Last three meetings with Cardinals start Monday in St. Louis. (14)

15. Cleveland Indians. Patchwork rotation has put together majors’ best August ERA. (16)

16. Toronto Blue Jays. Slipped into August abyss that ruined season. (15)

17. Miami Marlins. Talks with Stanton on long-term deal will dominate winter. (17)

18. Tampa Bay Rays. Eight under .500 at Trop ruined hopes. (18)

19. Cincinnati Reds. Hamilton enters weekend with 50 steals, four shy of club mark that dates to 1909. (19)

20. San Diego Padres. Hit weekend eight over .500 at home – and 16 under on road. (22)

21. New York Mets. Pondering move to left field for concussion-prone d’Arnaud. (20)

22. Philadelphia Phillies. Team president Montgomery takes leave for jaw cancer treatment. (25)

23. Chicago White Sox. Hawk pondering Jeanneret-like travel cutback for ‘15 broadcast duties. (21)

24. Chicago Cubs. Will salute U.S. Little League champs at Wrigley on Monday. (26)

25. Boston Red Sox. First-base coach/ex-Pawsox manager Beyeler does CN Tower “Edgewalk” 116 stories above Toronto. (24)

26. Minnesota Twins. Plouffe belts HR No. 10,000 in franchise history. (23)

27. Houston Astros. Porter mum on reports of feud with GM Luhnow. (27)

28. Arizona Diamondbacks. Stinky. (28)

29. Colorado Rockies. Stinkier. (29)

30. Texas Rangers. Stinkiest. (30).