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Power Rankings: Cubs, Dodgers challenge the AL's power trio

Who could take down the Astros, Red Sox or Yankees? L.A. added Manny Machado to win it all, while the Cubs are riding high in the NL.

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Fear Machado in L.A.? Cubs focused on own deadline pursuits

The Cubs haven't been bashful about making July trades in the past, but they aren't going to let a potential playoff opponent's move force their hand.

Olney: Why the Indians have an edge over AL contenders

Don't let the records fool you. Cleveland might be better positioned than even the Astros, Red Sox and Yankees as the trade deadline looms.

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Trade Deadline

Trade deadline target tiers: 31 players who could get dealt

With eight days (and counting) 'til the July 31 trade deadline, here are the top players who could be available to contenders looking for a boost.

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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.

How deadline dominoes will fall following Machado deal

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

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.

Yankees keep bashing

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265 or bust! Yankees eye home run history in second half

It has been 21 years since Seattle set the all-time team HR mark of 264. This year's Yanks? They're on pace for 274. Let the countdown begin.

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.

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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