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Dodgers right-hander Ross Stripling probably meant well when he told the Los Angeles Times that the rest of the NL West might feel "demoralized" after the Dodgers acquired Manny Machado.
The Pittsburgh Pirates were one of the teams that didn't want to stop playing when the All-Star break arrived. Their only problem when the break ended was they couldn't get started when they wanted.
The Cleveland Indians bolstered their already formidable relief corps by trading with San Diego at the All-Star break and netting left-hander Brad Hand and righty Adam Cimber.
After completing a 9-2 homestand before the All-Star break, the Minnesota Twins are playing the next 10 games on the road.
Justin Verlander was tough to beat long before he was traded to the Houston Astros toward the end of last season, but he has been a different pitcher against the Los Angeles Angels since changing uniforms.
In a 3-1 Mariners victory over the White Sox, Wade LeBlanc records 10 strikeouts in 7.1 innings of work.