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Season's second half

Ranking all six division races entering the second half

The least compelling is an easy call -- sorry, AL Central fans -- but other divisions will have you rushing to check the standings well into the fall.

Winning isn't the only thing: Realistic goals for all 30 teams

Is your favorite team down for the count? Probably. But there's still something for it to accomplish coming out of the All-Star break.

What it means to be in first coming out of the All-Star break

As the second half begins, we examine what history tells us about division leaders' chances of holding on down the stretch.

All-Star Week Recap

Sean Doolittle's All-Star diary: Go behind the ropes in D.C.

From the Home Run Derby to the red carpet, the Nats closer gives us a behind-the-scenes look at the All-Star atmosphere of his home park.

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Roundtable: All-Stars on the best stories in baseball and more

At the Midsummer Classic, we asked MLB's brightest stars what has them jazzed about the sport and its future -- and what they'd change.

Friday's Top Moments

Cespedes homers in return from DL

Yoenis Cespedes just keeps it fair and mashes a solo shot off the foul pole in left field.

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Strasburg in heated exchange with Scherzer after poor performance

Stephen Strasburg has words with teammate Max Scherzer in the dugout after giving up six runs in four-plus innings pitched.

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Carpenter hits three homers in win

Matt Carpenter joins Kris Bryant as the only players in the modern era with three home runs and two doubles in a game.

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Gallo lets two homers fly, one at 472 feet

Joey Gallo crushes two long balls against the Indians, the second of which flies 472 feet and ties the game in the bottom of the 9th at 8-8.

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Arenado cranks two homers

Nolan Arenado hits a solo home run in the first inning and a two-run shot in the fifth inning on Friday vs. Arizona.

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Ramirez blasts 30th HR of the season

Jose Ramirez hits a solo shot over the center-field wall in the top of the 6th inning against the Rangers, his MLB-leading 30th homer.

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Wendle makes reverse glove flip for out

Joey Wendle grabs the ball and flips it reverse one handed via his glove for the out at first.

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Martinez crashes into wall to make catch

J.D. Martinez chases down JaCoby Jones' shot into right field and makes the play before smashing into the wall.

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Trade Deadline

Olney: As deadline nears, a few starting pitchers might find new homes

The trade market for starting pitching is thin, but a few good outings could convince contenders to come calling.

The most common trade deadline mistake and MLB's next big thing

Why regression is the one word every baseball fan -- and front-office member -- should know this time of year. Plus, weighing in on hot-button issues and the dangerous Dodgers lineup.

How deadline dominoes will fall following Machado deal

Now that Manny Machado has gone to Hollywood, what will baseball's top contenders do?

Machado heading West

Machado blockbuster makes Dodgers the NL's team to beat

With a move to Hollywood in the Dodgers' latest deadline splash, rental extraordinaire Manny Machado's stay in L.A. is likely to last deep into October.

Machado glad he can finally move past trade rumors

Manny Machado is excited to suit up in Dodger Blue and finally stop answering questions about his future.

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Orioles get quantity, but no future stars, in Machado trade

Did the O's get fair value for a rental? Sure -- but the timing of the deal cost them a chance to net a franchise-altering package for their superstar.

Harper's Future

How crazy would it be to consider trading Bryce Harper?

The Nationals have underachieved and their star slugger could leave at the end of the year. So is there any chance they could follow the Orioles' lead by moving their pending free agent?

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