SAN FRANCISCO - Barry Bonds will hit second for the National League in tonight's All-Star Game. Manager Tony La Russa thinks it's good strategy to put Bonds' menacing bat in that spot because it gets the opposing pitcher's attention.
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It's July 1. Start the countdown to the non-waiver trade deadline at the end of the month. Which teams will buy and which will sell? The answers still could be several weeks away. The unbalanced schedule, which has some teams playing each other as many as 19 times a season, gives on-the-bubble clubs hope of a quick surge in their respective divisions. And the wild card keeps teams believing right up to the deadline and beyond.