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Five Teams to Watch In the Second Half

The second half is underway and there are a handful of teams looking to get back to the post season, some waiting longer than others.

The National League features a pair of teams who find themselves shockingly in first place. Meanwhile, the American League has an early three-team race for the Wild Card with one newcomer in the second half post season race.

Here are a list of five teams to watch heading into the second half of the season.

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Pena’s 8th Inning Homer Overshadows Pitcher’s Duel

Rays 3, Phillies 2
WP – David Price (10-4, 2.95)
LP – Antonio Bastardo (2-2, 3.75)
SV – Fernando Rodney (21)

PHILADELPHIA — The game was living up to it’s billing.

Cole Hamels and David Price were dueling in a 1-0 game through seven innings. Hamels pitched seven shutout innings in his start, holding a slight advantage over Price by putting his team in the best position to win.

With both pitchers throwing 223 pitches combined, they gave way to their bullpens after seven. There, the Rays won the important battle in their 3-2 win over the Phils.

A gassed Antonio Bastardo, who threw 29 pitches yesterday, struggled in the 8th inning, costing Hamels a shot at his 11th win of the season. Bastardo walked two hitters before giving up a one-out three-run homer to the left-handed hitting Carlos Pena to give the Rays a 3-1 lead.

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Series Preview: vs Tampa Bay Rays

PHI: 33-38, 5th in NL East; TB: 38-31, 3rd in AL East

When: June 22-24
Where: Citizens Bank Park (Philadelphia, PA)

Probable Pitchers
Friday: Cliff Lee (0-3, 3.48) vs James Shields (7-4, 3.72)
Saturday: Kyle Kendrick (2-7, 5.29) vs Alex Cobb (3-3, 3.82)
Sunday: Cole Hamels (10-3, 3.25) vs David Price (9-4, 3.08)

Broadcast Info
Friday, 7:05, CSN
Saturday, 4:05, CSN
Sunday, 1:35, PHL 17
All Games on 94.1 FM

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Five teams to watch in the 2nd half

Atlanta catcher Brian McCann (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

With the second half of the 2011 season underway yesterday, division races, Wild Card races and the push for the best record in baseball begin to heat up. With just under 100 games out of the way, five teams jump out as the favorites to make the playoffs and do some serious damage in their respective leagues.

There really are no new teams in this year’s hunt. The Reds have stumbled in the first half of the season but are still four games out of first place in the NL Central. The Philadelphia Phillies and San Francisco Giants are riding their pitching to the best two records in the league.

In the American League, the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays are back at their three-way fight for the division and Wild Card while the Central and West are up in the air for two teams each: Cleveland/Detroit and Texas/Los Angeles.

The Wild Cards for each league will also present some interesting match-ups. Atlanta will have to battle with the NL Central if they can’t overcome Philadelphia and the Yanks/Sox/Rays may have some competition.

So with that, here are five teams to watch. This is not a Top 5 post but five teams who could make some serious noise in the second half of the regular season.

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Yes We McCann!

Atlanta's Brian McCann rips a three-run double in the seventh. The shot eventually won the game for the NL and McCann was honored as MVP. (Yahoo! Sports)

Brian McCann was the hero. Yes even Philly fans rejoiced in seeing the rival Braves’ catcher rope a three-run double in the right field corner that gave the National League All-Stars a 3-1 lead in the seventh.

They held on to win by the same score, snapping a 13-game winless streak to the American League, ultimately giving the NL squad in the World Series home field advantage for the first time in over a decade.

What’s special about McCann’s hit and the NL’s win is that it could eventually help the Braves, who sit in first place in the NL East by 4.5 games. In Bobby Cox’s final year as manager, the Braves hope to send off the long-time skipper with a memorable season.

McCann won the game’s MVP honors. He went 1-for-2 with a three-run double in the NL’s first win since 1996. The MVP of that All-Star game was also a catcher of a rival team – Mike Piazza of the New York Mets.

David Wright of the Mets had two hits. Robinson Cano of the Yankees drove in Evan Longoria of the Rays in the fifth to give the AL a 1-0 lead.

It was a game dominated by pitching, something that didn’t surprise me. I was asked today who I thought would win and was asked why. I simply said that the NL’s pitching was much better than the AL’s and it was proved tonight. Only Hong-Chih Kuo of the Dodgers allowed a run, but was unearned. The NL staff recorded eight strike outs on the AL’s best hitters.

Matt Capps of Washington was credited with the win and fittingly, the Yankees’ Phil Hughes was responsible for the loss as he allowed two runs in seventh that were inherited by Matt Thornton of Chicago. Thornton for the losing decision though.

Ryan Howard got the start as the NL’s designated hitter. The left-handed power hitter faced two lefties in his two AB’s, going 0-for-2. In his first at-bat, David Price of Tampa Bay blew a 99 MPH fastball past him for the strike out and then he grounded out to second in his other. Roy Halladay pitched 2/3 of the sixth, allowing two hits and striking out one. If he wasn’t replaced by Capps, he would have earned the victory.

Boxscore.

Road Is Where the Heart Is

The Phillies busted out of their six-game losing skid with a six run first inning off phenom pitcher David Price. They then roughed him up in the fifth for four more runs and ultimately beat the Rays 10-1.

Chase Utley got the scoring going with a two-run double in the first which was followed up by Ryan Howard’s RBI double. Later in the innings, John Mayberry Jr. crushed a three-run homer to left field. Jamie Moyer pitched six innings, giving up a run on five hits and three walks and striking out four.

The win snapped an ugly drought during a 1-8 home stand. The 10 runs was also the most Philadelphia had scored since they put up 11 versus Boston on June 14. In other news, the Mets got shut out 3-0 to St. Louis, allowing Philadelphia to increase their lead to 2 1/2 games. The Mets could only muster two hits.

The Phillies must find comfort in the grey jerseys or they just have been feeling a bit pressured in the constantly packed CBP after winning their championship. Right now they are boasting a 24-9 record on the road (13-22 at home). They need to settle down and get comfortable at home. You can’t rely on the road constantly as your scape goat. If this team starts winning at home, they will be unstoppable.

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