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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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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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Jeter hits 3,000

Derek Jeter's solo home run in the 3rd inning off Tampa starter David Price was his 3,000th career hit. July 9, 2011 will forever be remembered in New York. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

27 championships, 40 American League pennants, countless All-Stars and MVPs. Even a 500 home run hitter and 300-game winning pitcher. But never in Yankees history has a player earned 3,000 hits.

That is, until Derek Jeter busted onto the scene in 1995. Since then, Jeter singled, doubled, tripled and homered his way into Yankees history. With five rings, 12 All-Stars, five Gold Gloves, four Silver Sluggers, a Rookie of the Year award and All-Star Game and World Series MVP award, the 3,000th hit was the cherry on top.

Jeter’s hit came off Tampa Bay Rays starter David Price in the third inning. But The Captain did it in style, hitting a solo home run on the eighth pitch of his at-bat. The Yankees bench and bull pen ran out onto the field, greeting Jeter. After play was halted for several minutes to celebrate Jeter’s milestone, he saluted the crowd.

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