The next two weeks have the baseball season in flux, as we wait to see which teams will trade off key pieces and which ones will beef up before the July 31 trade deadline. On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, TheSportsNotebook will run trade-deadline related articles, as we evaluate the merits—or lack thereof—of different rumored trades. Thursday and Friday will feature an overview report on both the American League and National League playoff races, with an emphasis on how teams have played coming out of the All-Star break, then on Sunday we’ll close the week with another trade-related feature.
NASCAR has the week off, as the Sprint Cup drivers have their own version of the All-Star break, but TheSportsNotebook will still have what’s been a regular Saturday morning feature. We’ll look at the race for the playoffs and evaluate how each contending driver has performed over the course of the first 19 races.
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