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Returning from the All-Star Break refreshed and rejuvenated, Major League Baseball players are looking to the upcoming trade deadline and beyond. One interesting matchup this weekend is between the Twins and the Tigers, which will grab attention on many levels, particularly because strong-hitting J.D. Martinez is on his way to the Arizona Diamondbacks from Detroit. The flip side of the coin is that Minnesota is looking to add to their roster and rumor has it they’ve just acquired pitcher Jamie Garcia from the Braves. As the week of July 25 begins, the Twins are sitting just a half game behind the Indians at the top of the AL Central division Wikipedia.

All Eyes are on Chicago for the Crosstown Series

Things have been heating up in Chicago since the All-Star Break, as the Cubs are climbing out of their slump and heading steadily to the top of their division. First, they face their division rivals, the St. Louis Cardinals, in a three-game series, and then they come up against Chicago’s other MLB team – the AL White Sox – in the Crosstown Cup Series, beginning July 24. This relatively long stretch at home is giving the Cubs a chance to treat their fans to some special treats, including unusual food offerings at Wrigley. Some games will highlight former great players and Wrigley Field is slated to be SRO YouTube.

The inter-sports tribute to great Chicago athletes will feature Blackhawk Bryan Bickell throwing out the first pitch on Sunday July 23. On Monday the 24th,  members of the Chicago cast of “Hamilton: An American Musical” – including Chris Lee, Colby Lewis, and Wallace Smith – will sing the national anthem and Cubs great Ryne Sandberg will then throw out the first pitch. The last game of the Crosstown series will feature Rick Sutcliffe, CY Young winner in 1984, throwing out the ceremonial pitch to kick things off. Sunday July 23 is also Shirt Day at Wrigley, with 5,000 lucky young fans receiving a MasterCard-sponsored Clark the Cub t-shirt.

Place a Bet on MLB to Make Things Interesting

With the MLB season hitting its stride it’s time to check baseball betting options online with William Hill. Bet on total number of runs, home runs, first hits, etc., to turn your love of major league baseball into something more. As July morphs into August and the dog days of summer come upon us, baseball promises to bring excitement and fun with every pitch.