Breaking down the contenders

Updated: August 30, 2002, 8:10 PM ET
By David Schoenfield | ESPN.com

OK, they tried to spit in our faces, but the season will go on. Here's where all the playoff contenders are sitting with just over four weeks left in the season:

New York Yankees Where they're at: Cruising to their fifth straight American League East title and battling Oakland for home-field advantage in the playoffs. They're 8.5 games ahead of Boston and 1 game ahead of Oakland.

Who's hot: Bernie Williams is hitting .418 (46-for-110) in August; had a 19-game hitting streak snapped ...

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