MLB All-Star Game: Jeter, top storylines from the first half

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Jul 8, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Athletics all-stars from left to right third baseman Josh Donaldson (20), catcher Derek Norris (36), left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52), starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija (29), starting pitcher Scott Kazmir (26), relief pitcher Sean Doolittle (62) and first baseman Brandon Moss (37) holding their jerseys before the game against the San Francisco Giants at Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

The 2014 MLB season has been one to remember for numerous reasons so far.  The better part of that fact?  We are only at the official halfway point of the season.

As we enter Major League Baseball’s All-Star break Monday, beginning with the Home Run Derby Monday night, followed by the All-Star game on Tuesday night, we take a look back at the first half of the season that was.  From the dominance of the Oakland A’s, to the collapse of the defending champion Boston Red Sox, to the perfect game that wasn’t for Zach Grienke and the celebration that followed when Tim Lincecum tossed his second career no-hitter.

We also remember those we lost to the terrible Tommy John epidemic going around baseball and prepare to count the days until we say goodbye to The Captain Derek Jeter.

So, if you are like some people who feel as if 162 games is too much and don’t watch baseball “until it matters,” then this section is for you.

So get your reading glasses on, make sure the wifi connection is steady, have your coffee ready, sit down and catch up.  Here’s what you missed in baseball’s first half of the season.

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