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MLB power rankings: Where all 30 teams stand three weeks before playoffs

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MLB power rankings: Where all 30 teams stand three weeks before playoffs

It took a while, but it's finally time for the first round of champagne. 

The Dodgers should become the first team to clinch, possibly as soon as Tuesday. 

The Astros (9 1/2-game lead), Braves (9-game lead) and Yankees (8 1/2-game lead) aren't far behind, and the Cardinals and Twins are sitting pretty in the middle of the country. 

What that means for the rest of us is that most of the drama will come from the wild-card races, and they're two good ones right now. Before it really heats up, here's one more spin around the major leagues, with an emphasis on those who have worn orange and black ... 

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MLB power rankings: Where each team stands in push toward postseason

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MLB power rankings: Where each team stands in push toward postseason

Players' Weekend has come and gone, allowing us to all agree on one thing at a time when that's remarkably difficult. 

The uniforms were an abomination. 

Fans weren't the only ones making fun of the black-and-white attire. Players and managers took their shots too, and you can bet we won't see those jerseys again (unless you would like to pay MLB like $189 to get one online). It was a weekend to forget from a fashion perspective, but a big one for several teams. 

The Giants got two huge wins and the A's missed an opportunity to gain further ground in their own Wild Card hunt. The Nationals swept the Cubs in an important NL matchup. The Yankees went to Los Angeles and made a statement. 

Here's a rundown of where they all stand with just over a month remaining in the regular season: 

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MLB power rankings: Where all 30 teams stand two weeks after trade deadline

MLB power rankings: Where all 30 teams stand two weeks after trade deadline

The trade deadline was supposed to provide some clarity. Instead, most teams just kind of ... hung out. 

The biggest moves in the NL were made by the Mets and Reds, and that has further muddied an insane wild-card race. The Mets are the hottest team in baseball and right back near the top of the race, and the Reds refuse to go away.

The result? There are eight teams separated by just five games in the NL wild-card race. 

In the AL it's a bit easier, but September will still be intense. The Indians and Twins are battling it out in the Central and the loser should get one wild-card spot. That'll leave one for the A's and Rays, with the Red Sox still barely hanging on. 

As we get closer to the final month, here's our latest rundown of all 30 teams, with an emphasis on former Giants -- particularly the ones dealt away on July 31: 

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