Rafael Furcal, Dodgers: As Los Angeles got hot before the break, their shortstop led the way. He had four multi-hit games in a week and has scored runs in nine of his past 10 games, and he was a last-minute addition to the National League All-Star team. Chris Tillman, Orioles: Tillman has shuffled between Baltimore and the minor leagues this season, last weekend he went 7 1/3 innings against a tough Texas line-up and allowed just two hits, reminding the Orioles why they liked him in the first place.
Tampa Bay: A week ago, the Rays were third in the American League East and appeared to be in turmoil. But then they swept Boston and took three-of-four from Cleveland to vault into second, just two games behind the Yankees. Chicago White Sox: In just more than a month, the White Sox went from likely sellers at the trade deadline to occupiers of first place in the American League Cental. They take an eight-game winning streak into the break.
Colorado at Cincinnati, Friday-Sunday: The Reds got swept at home in the final game before the break, but still hold a one-game lead in the NL Central. The Rockies seem poised for another of their patented second-half runs, pulling to within two in the NL West. Tampa Bay at New York, Friday-Sunday: Two games separate these teams in the AL East. The Rays have been the game's best road team, while the Yankees have been toughest at home.