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Ben Zobrist, Rays: He still flies under the radar, but Miguel Cabrera and Robinson Cano are the only major leaguers with a higher WAR (Wins Above Replacement) than Zobrist since the start of 2009.

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San Diego Padres: The reeling Padres reached the All-Star break having lost 18 of 22, a slide capped by being a no-hit victim of Tim Lincecum.

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Ex-Mariner of the Week

Jeremy Bonderman: Cut by the Mariners, Bonderman signed a Class AAA contract with the Tigers, for whom he won 67 games from 2003-10. Bonderman has joined the Toledo Mud Hens.


“The two words fans don’t like are ‘rebuilding’ and ‘patience.’ ” — Doug Melvin, GM of struggling Milwaukee, on the difficulty of executing a youth movement.