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These Royals are just not going away. Lotta resiliency with KC

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Some useful insight into yet another Cuban defector, this time OF Yasmani Tomas.

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Rob Manfred will be the 10th commissioner in MLB history. 

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Good piece, although the conclusion about the strike zone being to blame isn't as strongly supported as the "exoneration of the shift" data. But the numbers don't lie; the shift isn't to blame for declining offense.

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Looks like there's some hope for Chicago. Some...Chicago Hope?
It's happening, #Cubs fans. Javier Baez is expected to join the big leagues tomorrow:

Keeping up with all these moves is exhausting! What a day!

And yes, I'm not happy at all that the Phillies didn't make ANY moves.

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"At this point, the odds look good that the Phillies will have paid Ryan Howard $125 million to be less valuable than a guy they could've found in the minors and paid the league minimum."

So with the second half set to start tomorrow, here's how I think things will shake out.

NLE: Washington
NLC: St. Louis/Cincinnati*
NLW: Los Angeles
NLWC: Milwaukee/San Francisco

ALE: Baltimore
ALC: Detroit
ALW: Oakland
ALWC: Los Angeles/Seattle

NLCS: Washington vs. Los Angeles
ALCS: Baltimore vs Oakland

World Series: Washington vs Oakland

Champions: Oakland A's

*conditional on if the Cardinals get David Price. If so, then I think St. Louis takes it. Otherwise, I'm going with Cincinnati.

Yikes. Waino is getting lit up. 3 extra base hits in the first, including the Miggy homer. Kershaw could be in next inning.

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Final Vote winners
AL - Chris Sale (CWS)
NL - Anthony Rizzo (CHC)
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