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After All-Star party, baseball gets set to take the field

The American League’s Salvador Perez, of the Kansas City Royals, is thrown out at first base as National League first baseman Paul Goldschmidt, of the Arizona Diamondbacks, covers in the second inning of the MLB All-Star game on Tuesday in Minneapolis.

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Sure, it was great for a couple days. The cheers for Derek Jeter. The power of Giancarlo Stanton. The excellence of Mike Trout in the American League’s 5-3 victory.
Baseball’s All-Star party in the Twin Cities was a long series of smiles for players and fans. But the break is over now, and the real fun begins Friday night.
Heading into the second half of the season, there are all sorts of compelling stories from coast to coast. It could be one fun summer in California, where Oakland begins the weekend with the best record in the majors ...

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