On tap: Baseball’s traditional “second half” begins with an extended “week,” this one an 11-day scoring period in ESPN leagues that runs from Thursday, July 14, through Sunday, July 24. Oddly enough, it is not one of the most packed weeks on the 2011 schedule; there are only seven games scheduled on Thursday, July 14, 12 games scheduled on Monday, July 18, and eight games scheduled on Thursday, July 21. There are, however, two doubleheaders: Los Angeles Angels at Oakland Athletics on Saturday, July 16, the first scheduled doubleheader in 10 years; and Cleveland Indians at Minnesota Twins on Monday, July 18, which is a day-night doubleheader making up an April 22 rainout. Between the extended period, those days off and the doubleheaders, there are varied numbers of games by team, meaning considerable quantitative advantage in this particular week. One team, the Twins, plays 12 games; five teams play 11 games; 13 teams play 10 games; and 11 teams play nine games.
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