It’s time for a break – the MLB All-Star Game break! The always popular MLB Home Run Derby starts the festivities on Monday night following another fantasy baseball week. Before closing the door on the first half of the Major League Baseball season, we need to first take a look back at the top fantasy baseball news and headlines from Sunday’s action. That includes a family affair in the 2022 MLB Draft, the Seattle Mariners continuing their historic win streak, Dylan Cease on a mission, and yet another injury to Chris Sale. There may not be regular season baseball for a few days, but you can still improve your fantasy baseball lineups during this break. Check out our updated July fantasy baseball rankings, keep track of the latest MLB Injury report, and find gems on the fantasy baseball waiver wire. If you want some in-depth player breakdowns of the top MLB prospects from the 2022 MLB Draft, check out Matt Selz's coverage (Part 1 and Part 2). Now let’s look back at the top performances and key injuries from Sunday’s baseball action.



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Chris Sale Breaks Finger



Chris Sale’s 2022 comeback lasted all of 5.2 innings. The Red Sox ace southpaw left yesterday’s 13-2 loss after just 24 pitches with a left finger fracture after being hit on the hand by an Aaron Hicks line drive. Sale has been dealing with injuries since 2018 and this is yet another setback for the Boston starter. He also missed most of 2021 and half of this season after undergoing Tommy John surgery.


2022 MLB Draft All In The Family

History was made yesterday when two sons of former major leaguers went 1-2 in the 2022 MLB Draft. The Baltimore Orioles chose Jackson Holliday (son of Matt) first overall, and then Druw Jones (son of Andruw) was chosen with the second pick by the Arizona Diamondbacks. The first round of the draft was chock full of sons of former professional athletes – Justin Crawford (Carl), Cam Collier (Lou), and Elijah Green (Eric, NFL). Holliday is the second son of a former MLB player to be taken No. 1 overall – the first being, of course, the great Ken Griffey Jr. 


Seattle Mariners Keep Rolling



The Mariners kept their 14-game winning streak alive yesterday thanks to bombs by Cal Raleigh and Ty France in a 6-2 win over the Rangers. They became the first team in MLB history to enter the All-Star break on a 14-game streak and only three teams previously had gone into the Midsummer Classic with an active double-digit winning streak: the 1935 Detroit Tigers (10), the 1945 Chicago Cubs (10), and the 1975 Cincinnati Reds (10).


Can “King Alonso” Be Unseated?



The New York Mets' Pete Alonso has dominated the MLB Home Run Derby as of late. He has won the last two contests while hitting a record 131 home runs in the process. Alonso is now the favorite to win an unprecedented third straight crown but will be facing stiff competition in a stacked Derby field that includes Juan Soto, Ronald Acuna Jr, José Ramírez, Kyle Schwarber, and others.

I am laying my money down on plenty of Kyle Schwarbombs after he was robbed in the 2018 Derby, but my sentimental favorite is the great Albert Pujols. Who is your choice?

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Dylan Cease Continues to Prove Them Wrong



White Sox right-hander Dylan Cease was surprisingly left off the AL All-Star team in the midst of his best MLB season. Over his last two starts since the snub, he sure is doing a fine job of proving to the league that it was a mistake. Cease has not allowed a run in his past two starts, spanning 12 2/3 innings, and he hasn’t allowed more than one earned run in an outing since May 24 – when he gave up a season-high seven against the Red Sox. 


New York Yankees Steam Roll Into Break



After yesterday’s 13-2 rout of Boston, the Yankees now have 64 wins – a new club record for victories before the All-Star break. The Bronx Bombers are just the sixth team since 1947 to win at least 64 of their first 92 games, joining the 1954 Indians (64-28), 1969 Orioles (64-28), 1970 Reds (64-28), 1998 Yankees (68-24), and 2001 Mariners (66-26). 



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