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MLB second half predictions?
The MLB's second half is upon us, and only two teams have leads of more than 1.5 games in their respective divisions. In other words, this should get intense. Who will win all the divisions? The leagues? The World Series? Cast your votes below!
Cespedes wins HR Derby
Yasiel Puig hit zero home runs. Giancarlo Stanton also posted a no-homer round. But when it all was over, the 2014 Home Run Derby went the same way as 2013: with Yoenis Cespedes the winner. The Oakland Athletics left fielder topped the Cincinnati Reds' Todd Frazier 9-1 in the final round, and became the first back-to-back winner of the contest since Ken Griffey Jr. in 1998 and 1999. The victory came under a new format, in which there were only seven outs, and the top hitter from each league got a bye into the finals, where they would face the winner of a playoff between the Nos. 2 and 3 hitters.
Raiders sign Jones-Drew
Maurice Jones-Drew is returning to his hometown. The former Jaguars stalwart signed a three-year deal with the Oakland Raiders on Friday, where he'll likely compete with Darren McFadden for the starting running back position. Both Jones-Drew and McFadden have been hampered by injuries as of late -- they combined for only 1182 yards last season -- but if both are healthy, the Raiders could have the type of problem at running back that every team loves to have.