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Not every team is caught up in Halladay-mania.  Here's a look at what's going on around the other excellent SB Nation baseball blogs:

NL East

  • Braves - Talking Chop: The Braves' recent first round draft picks haven't stuck around long.
  • Marlins - FishStripes: I have a feeling this Marlin fan isn't the only one who has had enough of Emilio Bonifacio in the starting lineup.
  • Nationals - Federal Baseball: It would have been fun to see Adam Dunn in the Home Run Derby.
  • Phillies - The Good Phight:  Is J.A. Happ lucky or good?

NL Central

  • Astros - Crawfish Boxes: This is the most important week in the Astros' season.
  • Brewers - Brew Crew Ball: A look at how the Brewers hit w/ RISP.
  • Cardinals - Viva El Birdos: Mets killer Joel Pineiro is moving into "Esteban Loaiza territory" with his outstanding season.  The picture caption here is great.
  • Cubs - Bleed Cubbie Blue: A list of all the trades made by Cubs GM Jim Hendry.  Hee Seop Choi for Derrek Lee - yikes Marlins.
  • Pirates - Bucs Dugout: The Jack Wilson and Freddy Sanchez contract saga makes Neal Huntington look silly.
  • Reds - Red Reporter: Off day open thread discussion - which 10 players in the Reds organization would you protect in an expansion draft?

NL West

  • Diamondbacks - AZ Snakepit: The Felipe Lopez trade looks like a win-win.
  • Dodgers - True Blue LA: NL West bloggers roundtable Google Docs discussion.
  • Giants - McCovey Chronicles: Giants pitchers have not performed well in the All Star Game.  Funny stuff here.
  • Padres - Gaslamp Ball: Responding to Padres COO Tom Garfinkel's Q & A session.  Sounds like a job for the Padres Police blog, if that existed.
  • Rockies - Purple Row: Title says it all - "NL West: The 2nd Best Division In MLB."  Times have changed.

AL East

  • Blue Jays - Bluebird Banter: The Jays have some solid non-Halladay pitchers - if only they could stay healthy.
  • Orioles - Camden Chat: Oriole fans love their stud pitchers.
  • Rays - DraysBay: J.P. Howell is flat-out awesome, and one of the few relievers the DRB guys would sign to a long-term deal.
  • Red Sox - Over The Monster: The Verducci Effect is hogwash.
  • Yankees - Pinstripe Alley: Various opinions about Old-Timers Day at Yankee Stadium.

AL Central

  • IndiansLet's Go Tribe!: The Adventures of Andy Marte.
  • Royals - Royals Review: RR is fast becoming my favorite non-AA SB Nation blog and posts like this one, about Trey Hillman, are the main reason why.
  • Tigers - Bless You Boys: Joel Zumaya throws hard but can't stay healthy.
  • Twins - Twinkie Town: Some optimism about the Twins, for a change.
  • White Sox - South Side Sox: Remembering Disco Demolition Night, 30 years later.

AL West

  • Angels - Halos Heaven: Some Angels fan fiction - Brian Fuentes and Chone Figgins texting each other during the All Star Game that neither appeared in.
  • Athletics - Athletics Nation: Brett Anderson came close to a perfect game on Sunday - here are some other A's close calls.
  • Mariners - Lookout Landing: Some good statistical satire going on in the FanPosts at LL. 
  • Rangers - Lone Star Ball: Nolan Ryan may not have lost his marbles after all.

General

  • Sabermetrics - Beyond The Boxscore: Prolific pitch f/x-pert (ha) Harry Pavlidis determines that Michael Wuertz's slider is the toughest pitch to hit in baseball this season.  Harry's work is featured in the Wall Street Journal.
  • Minor Leagues - Minor League Ball:  John Sickels profiles Jonathan Sanchez's career.
  • Fantasy Baseball - Fake Teams: Adrian Gonzalez and Heath Bell might be available at the trade deadline - FT discusses the possibility.
  • Scouting - Driveline Mechanics: Intro to weight lifting.  This is a good read, and one of the opening lines is: "Weight lifting does not make you slam Jagerbombs."
  • Transaction Rumors - MLB Daily Dish: Erik Bedard and Jarrod Washburn are on the trading block, and may be dealt after the July 31 deadline passes.