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Drew does bring a little power, with nine home runs in 203 at-bats dating back to the start of last season. 3With shortstop Nick Ahmed out for up to two months after surgery to repair a fracture in his right hand, it's good that center fielder A. Pollock is due back from the disabled list shortly to shore up their interior defense.A rotation that's just barely second in MLB to the Dodgers in ERA and has four starters with ERAs of 3.30 or better has already had to get by with a slightly below-average defense, and taking Ahmed out of the mix could hurt a ground-ball-dependent starter such as Zack Godley. 8The Red Sox have sole possession of the American League East lead for the first time this season.

It also notes that his six total bases were the most for any Yankees player in his MLB debut. 7One thing that's missing from the Indians' gradual takeover of the AL Central race?

Offense from their keystone combo, as Francisco Lindor is mired in a slump since the end of May (his .574 OPS since June 1 is in the bottom 10), and Jason Kipnis is posting career worsts in his walk rate, infield fly balls and ground ball/fly ball ratio.

As far out ahead as the NL West's power trio is, the Mets will need help to get back into any postseason consideration, but a climb back to .500 would be good news.

The single biggest fall by any team was by those always-mobile Mariners, who retreated three spots as they wrestle to resolve their own "contender or pretender" status.

The starting rotation also posted a 3.89 ERA last month (good for fourth in MLB), led by Jimmy Nelson's continued dominance (2.64 ERA with 60 K's over his past seven starts). 10Who would have thought that Logan Morrison would surpass his career high of 23 home runs (from 2011 with the Marlins) in less than half a season?

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