Jul 18, 2013, 5:00 PM EST
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By Steve Roney
The past week may have featured fewer actual games thanks to the All-Star break, but that doesn't mean there hasn't been significant movement in the rankings. The Rays and Dodgers made moves towards the top, while the Royals continue to fall off. The Cardinals, though, continue to hold the No. 1 spot, buoyed by their six All-Stars.
Here's how Nationals Insider Mark Zuckerman, Nats writer/producer Chase Hughes and I see the rest of the league shaking out as the second half of the season begins…
1. St. Louis Cardinals (57-36; LW: 2) – Hughes: At this rate they will have almost half their lineup receiving N.L. MVP votes at the end of the season.
2. Boston Red Sox (58-39; LW: 1) – Roney: Not to harp, but Ben Cherington just traded for another reliever (Matt Thornton). Not saying it'll be an unmitigated disaster, but the trades for Andrew Bailey, Mark Melancon, and Joel Hanrahan haven't exactly turned out as hoped.Read more »
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