Late in the afternoon of July 9, the New York Yankees went their separate ways for a four-day All-Star break following another frustrating loss. The Yankees stumbled into the break with 17 losses in 25 games but returned with a somewhat successful 11-game trip. New York was 38-23 following a 5-4 win over the Los Angeles Angels on June 12, but the next night they started their slide out of first place in the American League East.
A look at what's happening all around the majors today: DARVISH TEXAS FINALE? Rangers right-hander Yu Darvish makes his final scheduled start before Monday's non-waiver trade deadline with growing speculation that the potential free agent could be dealt to another team. Darvish (6-8, 3.44 ERA) faces Miami and Ichiro Suzuki, another standout player from Japan. Darvish, an All-Star this year for the fourth time in his five seasons played in Texas, is 0-4 with a 4.26 ERA in his last seven starts. He struck out a season-high 12 over eight innings at Tampa Bay last Friday. His only career shutout — and only nine-inning complete game — came the only time he previously faced the Marlins three years
The Los Angeles Dodgers ended the Houston Astros' nine-week run as the top ranked team in USA TODAY Sports' MLB power rankings. They have been the hottest team the past seven weeks, leading the majors with 68 wins, but were hit with a serious blow when ace Clayton Kershaw suffered another back injury that will send him to the 10-day disabled list. The Astros are dealing with an injury to one of their stars as well. All-Star shortstop Carlos Correa is on the DL with a thumb injury. This weeks biggest movers are the Pittsburgh Pirates, moving up six spots to No. 14, followed by the Chicago Cubs, moving up four to No. 9. With the July 31 trade deadline approaching, we could see a major shift