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Grantland: The 10 second-half storylines that intrigue us the most

It feels like just yesterday that we were embarrassing ourselves by predicting that the Red Sox and Marlins would play for the World Series while the Royals and Angels would flop. Instead of facing further public mortification by updating those predictions, we're focusing on a risk-free metric: intrigue. Specifically, the second-half story lines that intrigue our baseball enthusiasts the most. Enjoy.

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Andruw Jones never went to HR Derby

The longtime Atlanta Brave led MLB with 51 homers in 2005, and he finished his career with 434, but a Derby invitation never came for Jones. The all-uninvited HR Derby team

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No HR Derby for former slugger Adam Dunn

After a memorable career capped off by 462 homers, Dunn tops the list of MLB's biggest sluggers since 1985 who never went to the Home Run Derby. The all-uninvited HR Derby team

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Hicks gives Garcia a run for his money

Difficulty level on Aaron Hicks' incredible over-the-shoulder catch? 10. But was his effort enough to top Avisail Garcia robbing a homer?

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Web Gems: Monday, July 6

Does Aaron Hicks' over-the-shoulder catch top the reigning Web Gem, Avisail Garcia's game-saving catch at the wall? Time to vote!

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Sale's 10 K's streak ends in 6-hit gem vs. Jays

Chris Sale's bid for a record strikeout streak ended, but he pitched a six-hitter that led the White Sox past the Blue Jays 4-2 Monday in the fastest major league game in almost four years.

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Sale goes distance to quiet Blue Jays

All-Star Chris Sale struck out 6, ending his run of 8 straight games with at least 10 K's, but allowed just 2 runs over 9 innings. The White Sox gave him the necessary run support with 3 unearned runs off Mark Buehrle in the 8th, capped by a 2-run double from Melky Cabrera.

Sale likely not reaching double-digit K's

White Sox SP Chris Sale has struck out 5 batters through 8 IP and is trailing 2-1 to the Blue Jays after giving up homers to Chris Colabello and Josh Donaldson. He'll need a lot of help if he's to get his record 9th straight game with at least 10 K's. Follow live

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Sale with just 4 whiffs through 5

Chris Sale will have some work to do if he is to reach double-digit strikeouts for a record 9th straight game. He has just 4 strikeouts through 5 innings, as the White Sox and Blue Jays are tied at 1. Follow live

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Sale seeking to make history

Chris Sale is looking to record 10 K's for a major-league record 9th straight game, but he will be facing a tough Blue Jays lineup. (8:10 p.m. ET)

2015 Team Stats

  • Batting
  • Pitching
Runs27630th
Batting Average.24125th
On Base Percentage.29528th
Slugging Percentage.35630th
Earned Run Average4.0322nd
Quality Starts499th
WHIP1.3424th
BAA.26627th

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