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Dodgers, Astros leading the pack heading into second half

The Nationals have Bryce Harper anchoring one of baseball’s best lineups, and a glaring hole at the back of their bullpen. The Dodgers’ plus-163 run differential is the best in National League history at the All-Star break, according to Stats LLC. Another starting pitcher could help the Cubs, so expect top executive Theo Epstein and company to be working the phones all the way to the non-waiver trade deadline July 31. The Astros, Brewers, Rockies and Yankees also could be on the lookout for rotation help. Some possibilities include White Sox left-hander Jose Quintana, A’s right-hander Sonny Gray and the Tigers’ Justin Verlander.

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