Top five unchanged as list of possible playoff teams narrows

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With fewer than 50 games remaining for each team, every division -- except the American League Central -- is led by two clubs that have separated themselves from the pack.

While the Indians and White Sox have inched closer to the Tigers, in the other five divisions the gap between the second-place team and the third-place team is greater than the separation between the first- and second-place clubs.

A similar disparity exists in the Power Rankings. The top three teams -- the Phillies, Red Sox and Yankees -- are an elite class unto themselves while the other playoff contenders plus the Rays have established themselves as far better than the remaining 16 teams, none of which is any closer than 9 1/2 games of a playoff spot.

NOTE: All stats are updated through Wednesday, Aug. 10.

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