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With the second half of the Major League Baseball season under way, it’s the time of year that superstars step up for their team. In the American League, Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees has stepped up, batting .375 over the last week compared to his season average of .275, A-Rod is also dealing with a minor thumb injury.

In the National League, the San Francisco Giants are the hottest team. They’ve run off a string of wins since the All Star Game, wining 5 out of 6 games, and moving into second place in the National League West behind pitching, and rookie of the year candidate Buster Posey. Posey is near the top of the league in the month of July in Batting Average, Home Runs, Runs Batted In, and slugging percentage.

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Nick Swisher wearing the Nike Air Max MVPNick Swisher wearing the Nike Air Max MVP.

Alex Rodriguez wearing the Nike Shox Fuse 2Alex Rodriguez wearing the Nike Shox Fuse 2 and Nike Fuse batting gloves.

Albert Pujols in the Nike Air Max MVPAlbert Pujols in the Nike Air Max MVP cleats.

Brendan Ryan of the CardinalsBrendan Ryan of the Cardinals wearing Nike Air Show Elite MVP.

Chris Carpenter pitches wearing a Rawlings glove.Chris Carpenter pitches wearing Rawlings Heart of the Hide glove.

David Wright pre-game wearing the Nike Air Max 2009.David Wright pre-game wearing the Nike Air Max 2009.

Eric Patterson wearing the Nike LWP90.Eric Patterson wearing the Nike Air Huarache LWP90.

Hideki Matsui in Mizuno Hideki Matsui in Mizuno Pro Batting Gloves and Mizuno Pro PE.

Brian Wilson of the Giants wearing the Wilson A2000.Brian Wilson of the Giants wearing the Wilson A2000.

Buster Posey helping out the umpire wearing Under Armour.Buster Posey of the Giants, wearing Under Armour cleats and Under Armour Metal batting gloves.

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