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Dodgers and BoSox reign supreme, but Detroit and St. Louis are rising

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The Dodgers and Red Sox remain in the top two spots, and while the gap between those two seems to be closing, the one between them and the rest of baseball seems to be widening. Both teams are hot, having won 7 of 10, and both are dominating against teams in their respective divisions, which have turned out to be the two best in baseball. They both deserve credit for opening two of the three biggest divisional leads in the game (although the Tigers' edge in the AL Central matches Boston's at five games), doing so in the only two divisions in which there are three teams at least two games over .500. No one expected that to be a problem in the well-regarded AL East, but the traditionally mediocre NL West has been surprisingly competitive, featuring the red-hot Rockies and the Giants, who have the third-best record in the National League.

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