It hasn't been a conventional rise to the top of the National League, but the path the Cubs have taken thus far could help them down the road.
Though he has been up-and-down in his five starts since coming off his second stint on the disabled list, Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw says he definitely feels healthy and thinks "the consistency's coming."
Relive the best images from the first half including James Paxton's no-hitter, Gleyber Torres' rookie charge and Mike Trout's career year.
Jefry Marte breaks his bat after Clayton Kershaw strikes him out in the first inning and then responds with a 3-run homer in the fourth inning.
Jon Lester won for the eighth time in nine starts, Jason Heyward drove in two runs and the Chicago Cubs swept the San Diego Padres with a 7-4 win on Sunday.
Before Manny Machado arrived for the All-Star Game, the Futures Game on Sunday was a who's who of prospects bandied about in trade talks for the Orioles shortstop and others expected to be moved before the July 31 non-waiver deadline.