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MLB second half predictions?

The MLB's second half is upon us, and only two teams have leads of more than 1.5 games in their respective divisions. In other words, this should get intense. Who will win all the divisions? The leagues? The World Series? Cast your votes below!

Which team will win the AL East?

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    55%
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    20%
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    15%
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    10%

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  • Which team will win the AL Central?

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      84%
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      16%

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  • Which team will win the AL West?

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      74%
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      22%
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      4%

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  • Which team will win the NL East?

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      48%
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      45%
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      7%

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  • Which team will win the NL Central?

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      25%
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      47%
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      10%
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      13%
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      5%

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  • Which team will win the NL West?

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      70%
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      27%
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      3%

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  • Which team will win the American League?

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      14%
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      48%
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      8%
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      19%
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      11%

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  • Which team will win the National League?

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      11%
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      19%
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      42%
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      8%
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      20%

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  • Which team will win the World Series?

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      9%
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      23%
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      14%
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      12%
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      42%

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Trout MVP in Jeter's final ASG

Beloved New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter helped the American League to a 5-3 All-Star Game win Tuesday night, going 2-for-2 with a double and a run in his final Midsummer Classic. MVP honors, however, went to the almost-undisputed best player in baseball, Mike Trout; the Los Angeles Angels outfielder went 2-for-3 with a double, triple and two RBIs -- including the game-winner. St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright, meanwhile, stirred some controversy by saying he intentionally took it easy on Jeter (he later walked back a bit on his comments). Did Jeter get snubbed? Do you have a problem with Wainwright?

  • Who deserved All-Star Game MVP?

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      69%
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      31%

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  • Adam Wainwright says he grooved pitches for Derek Jeter during the All-Star Game. Do you have a problem with Wainwright taking it easy on Jeter?

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      44%
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      56%

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  • What is your opinion of Derek Jeter?

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      36%
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      32%
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      20%
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      3%
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      9%

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  • Where does Derek Jeter rank among the best baseball players of all time?

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      10%
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      25%
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      18%
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      29%
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      18%

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  • Will the Yankees (47-47) make the playoffs this season?

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      24%
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      76%

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  • Should the MLB All-Star Game determine home-field advantage in the World Series?

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      46%
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      54%

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Tanaka to miss at least 6 weeks

A generally average year for the New York Yankees has been propped up by one major positive: Masahiro Tanaka, the first-year right-handed pitcher with a 2.39 ERA in 18 starts for the hovering-around-.500 team. But bad news hit hard this week, as Tanaka first was put on the 15-day DL, then was determined to need at least six weeks off with a partially torn elbow ligament. The $175 million man might even eventually need Tommy John surgery if rehab does not fix the issue. What does this mean for the suddenly struggling franchise?

  • Will Masahiro Tanaka pitch for the Yankees again this season?

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      38%
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      62%

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  • If you were a Yankees fan, how worried would you be about the long-term effects of Masahiro Tanaka's elbow injury?

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      60%
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      34%
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      6%

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  • Will the Yankees make the playoffs this season?

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      6%
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      25%
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      69%

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  • When will the Yankees next contend for a World Series title?

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      5%
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      9%
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      20%
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      66%

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Cano returns to Yankee Stadium

Robinson Cano is set to return to Yankee Stadium tonight, and though both his current and former teams have been outscored by eight runs this season, their relative positions are quite different. The Yankees find themselves atop the AL East, while the Mariners are struggling in the AL West. Less generous Yankees fans might end up choosing to remind Cano of that fact tonight, but it might not be particularly fair to boo a player that helped your team win a World Series. You never quite know with the Bleacher Creatures.

How should Yankees fans react to Robinson Cano in his first game back in New York?

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    24%
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    44%
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    32%

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  • Which would have been a better fit for Robinson Cano?

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      31%
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      69%

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  • Will the Mariners ever win a World Series with Robinson Cano?

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      15%
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      85%

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Pineda ejected for pine tar

Michael Pineda got caught with his hand in the pine tar jar on Wednesday night, as he was ejected after umpires spotted a foreign substance on his neck. Ejections for pine tar are rare -- this is only the fourth one in the past 10 years -- perhaps because the potential advantage offered doesn't completely seem worth the risk of ejection and suspension. It's certainly a less serious issue than other potential rules violations; everyone involved seems more embarrassed than angry or outraged. On Thursday, Pineda was suspended 10 games for the incident.

Do you have a problem with pitchers who use pine tar to gain a better grip on a baseball?

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    55%
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    45%

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  • How many pitchers do you believe use pine tar or another illegal substance when pitching?

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      53%
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      47%

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  • What do you make of MLB suspending Michael Pineda 10 games for "possessing a foreign substance on his person" Wednesday night against the Red Sox?

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      21%
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      51%
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      28%

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