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Among the big trades in baseball this year was Aroldis Chapman being dealt to the Cubs, with the Yankees receiving three young prospects as well as reliever Adam Warren. The trade marks Warren's return to the Yankees, after being traded to the Cubs for Starlin Castro. Chapman was signed by the Yankees after the Dodgers waived him due to his arrest for firing a gun in a garage. He started the season suspended, with his season officially beginning in May. Chapman racked up 20 saves in his brief stint with the Yankees.
Already, one quarter of the CFL season is done, and entering the 2nd quarter, the Ottawa Redblacks lead the East Division at 3-1-1. The Redblacks' first loss of the season came this past Friday in Regina, falling 30-29 to the Saskatchewan Roughriders, who picked up their first win of the season. The Hamilton Tiger-Cats and the Toronto Argonauts are tied a 3-2, with the former winning 37-31 over the Edmonton Eskimos after falling behind 31-6 on Saturday. The Argos defeated the Montréal Alouettes, 30-17, on Monday; our first home win and divisional win of the season. The TiCats' opening week win in Toronto stands as the tiebreaker, and the Alouettes dropped to 1-4.
In the West, the BC Lions are in first place at 3-1, while the Calgary Stampeders are close behind at 2-1-1, after their win over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. The defending champion Eskimos fell to 2-2 with their choke job on Saturday, and the Riders' win moved them to 1-3 and out of the cellar, past the 1-4 Bombers. Week Six begins tonight in Edmonton, as the Eskimos will host the Blue Bombers. Tomorrow, the Riders look to make it back-to-back wins as they head to Montréal to face the struggling Alouettes, while the Lions and Stampeders will face off for the second time this season. The week will end on Sunday with a huge game in Ottawa between the Argos and Redblacks. With the Tiger-Cats idle this week, this game is for first place.
The month of August is almost upon us, and both of last year's World Series teams are out of the loop. The Mets are 5.5 games behind Washington in the East, but regarding the playoffs overall, they're only a game and a half out. The same can't be said for the Royals, who are leagues behind in both races. The champs are 6.5 games out of a playoff spot, but there are still two whole months remaining in the season, so there's still a good amount of time. Which brings us to...
The #1 Burning Question of the Week: Which of last year's World Series teams has the best shot at the playoffs?