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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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Season Preview: AL West

Expectations: The Rangers ditch all of their Braves’ World Series tapes that they’ve studied from the past two years.
Key Addition: SP Yu Darvish (signed from Nippon of the Japanese League)
Key Loss: SP C.J. Wilson (signed with LA Angels)
Projected Record: 93-69
Summary: The Rangers, coming off of their second straight World Series appearance, have one of the best lineups in baseball.

They had four players with 25+ HRs (Adrien Beltre, Ian Kinsler, Nelson Cruz, Josh Hamilton). Beltre, Hamilton and Michael Young all hit over .295 while Kinsler and Elvis Andrus added the speed (30 or more steals each).

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Around the MLB 7/27/11

METS, GIANTS CLOSE ON BELTRAN –Well, I think it’s time to let go of the possibility of trading for Carlos Beltran. That’s not so much of a bad thing seeing as the

Phils didn’t want to part with any good prospects for a 2 1/2 months rental player.

Carlos Beltran (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

The New York Mets and San Francisco Giants are close on a deal that would send Beltran to the NL West leading Giants.

The deal is said to send Giants right-handed pitcher Zack Wheeler to New York for Beltran and cash. Wheeler, the sixth overall pick in the 2009 First Year draft, is one of San Fran’s top pitching prospects.

Wheeler, 21, is 7-5 with 3.99 ERA for San Francisco’s Class A Advanced San Jose affiliate this season.

The trade will instantly improve the 25th offense in the Major Leagues. Beltran, 34, is hitting .289 with 15 homers and 61 RBIs. He also had a major league leadingĀ  30 doubles.

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