Manny Machado leads youth brigade headed for All-Star Game

Monday July 8th, 2013
Manny Machado is on pace to break the 82-year-old record for most doubles in a season.
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Don't be surprised when the Rays win 90 games for the fourth straight season. Despite a sluggish start -- they were under .500 on May 17 -- they are now 49-40 and have a proper offense to go with their annually outstanding pitching and defense (which should be improved further now that David Price is healthy). Tampa Bay ranks fifth in the AL in runs scored this year and is on pace for 764 runs; for perspective's sake, the Rays won 91 and 90 games, respectively, the last two seasons while scoring just 707 and 697 runs, ranking 8th and 11th in the AL.

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