the 3-2 pitch
Three observations ...
•It will be interesting to see just how the Phillies blow up their roster over the next few weeks. Cole Hamels, Jonathan Papelbon, Ben Revere, Ryan Howard and others could be traded.
• Former Twins outfielder Delmon Young, released by Baltimore last week, is in danger of having his run of six straight postseason appearances — which leads active players — come to an end.
• Outfielder Cameron Maybin, whom the Padres insisted the Braves take as part of the Melvin Upton Jr. trade, has been one of the pleasant surprises in the league.
... and two predictions
•Cincinnati's Todd Frazier will win the Home Run Derby, beating Baltimore's Manny Machado in the finals.
• The American League will win the All-Star Game for the third consecutive year, beating the National League 6-2.