Posted: Jul 9, 2012 9:06 AM
Updated: Jul 9, 2012 9:06 AM
KANSAS CITY - Baseball's best are en route to Kansas City for Tuesday's All-Star game, the midsummer classic. It's been a memorable first half featuring five no-hitters, including two perfect games.
Going into the break, there are several surprising division leaders that have raised eyebrows around the game:
The Washington Nationals, who won just 59 games three years ago, have a four-game lead in the NL East with a glossy 49-34 mark.
The equally surprising Pittsburgh Pirates head into the All-Star break in sole possession of first place in the NL Central at 48-37, the first time they've led at the break since 1997.
The L.A. Dodgers started red hot but go into the break with a scant half-game lead over San Francisco in the NL West.
In the American League, order is somewhat restored as the New York Yankees have a commanding lead over Baltimore in the AL East.
The Chicago White Sox have kicked it into high gear and own a three-game lead over Cleveland in the AL Central.
The two-time AL champion Texas Rangers have regained their perch, comfortably ahead of the L.A. Angels in the AL West.