Also, the Royals and Rangers both made four-rung moves up while keeping their wild-card hopes alive by keeping up with the even more surprising Angels.
The biggest declines came from the teams that have similarly plummeted towards the back of the pack in the race for October, with the Rays' eight-place slide reflecting their fading fortunes.
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The Western Conference set All-Star records with 69 field goals and 52 assists on its way to an emphatic 153-132 win over the Eastern Conference All-Stars at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. Bryant posted 31 points, grabbed 5 rebounds, and dished out 6 assists and steals; for his performance, he was selected as the MVP of the All-Star game receiving a more favorable reception fom the crowd than 2002.
Tampa Bay closer Lance Carter and San Diego outfielder Rondell White have about as much chance of playing in the World Series this October as, well, a baseball game has of ending in a tie.
The Devil Rays and Padres are buried in their divisions, a combined 47 1/2 games back.
The name of the game at this point of this season isn't whether the Dodgers are No.