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MLB power rankings: Playoff picture begins to takes shape

Yardbarker Logo By Matt Whitener of Yardbarker | Slide 1 of 30: Within the next week, the Sox, who just clinched a playoff berth, will meet their inevitable date with 100 wins. But within that march to the century mark, last Wednesday’s victory stands out uniquely on its own. That is because despite being down six runs entering the ninth inning, the Sox managed to pull out a 9-8 victory over the Braves, capped by a three-run Brandon Phillips homer. The win completed a sweep of the NL East leaders and made the Sox the first team this year to conquer a six-run deficit after the eighth inning, with the rest of baseball combining to go 0-487 on the year to date.

1. Boston Red Sox (Previous: same)

Within the next week, the Sox, who just clinched a playoff berth, will meet their inevitable date with 100 wins. But within that march to the century mark, last Wednesday’s victory stands out uniquely on its own. That is because despite being down six runs entering the ninth inning, the Sox managed to pull out a 9-8 victory over the Braves, capped by a three-run Brandon Phillips homer. The win completed a sweep of the NL East leaders and made the Sox the first team this year to conquer a six-run deficit after the eighth inning, with the rest of baseball combining to go 0-487 on the year to date.

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