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1.538: Neil Walker's OPS since the All-Star Break. The second baseman is hitting .526 and has hits in all five games since the midseason hiatus entering Wednesday. Four of his 10 hits have gone for extra bases including Tuesday's solo homer, his 15th of the season.

"In this division, and the opponents we have, it's going to come down to the wire. We wouldn't want it any other way, but there's no room to feel [stuff] out on the mound right now." - Gerrit Cole, on the importance of good outings once he returns from the DL.

Stephen Pianovich is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.