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July 16, 2015 12:00 ET

Baseball Fans Excited For Wild Second Half

SOUTH WINDSOR, CT--(Marketwired - Jul 16, 2015) - Baseball has reached its symbolic midway point of the season: the All-Star break. The All-Star Game itself has now come and gone, and all 30 teams in baseball are looking forward to the second half of the season -- one that should be the most exciting in recent years.

Fifteen teams entered the All-Star break with records of .500 or better, and nearly two-thirds of the league have a legitimate chance to claim a playoff berth come October. While the Boston Red Sox enter the All-Star break 42-47, the John Farrell-led team sits just 6.5 games out of first place, illustrating perfectly the fact that a majority of the league has a legitimate chance to make the postseason.

Missouri teams are leading both leagues at the midway point in 2015. The Kansas City Royals, who captured the 2014 American League pennant, begin second-half play with an American League-best 52-34 record, and have a 4.5 game lead over the second-place Minnesota Twins. Kansas City's in-state rivals are paving the way in the National League, as the St. Louis Cardinals own Major League Baseball's best record at 56-33 -- and have a 2.5 game lead over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

While the Cardinals and Royals sit atop the standings, the New York Yankees are generating the most interest of any team on the secondary ticket market. According to data from TicketNetwork's exchange, the Yankees are playing in three of the top 10 most popular games in the second half. New York's Friday night game against the Seattle Mariners on July 17, when regular season play resumes, has generated the fourth-most sales of any game since the All-Star break began.*

New York's tilts against Baltimore (July 21, 23) and Boston (August 4) are also among the top 10 most popular games remaining.

"Yankees fans are excited -- and they should be," said JP Starkey, Sports Specialist at TicketNetwork. "The Bronx Bombers haven't made the playoffs since 2012, when Derek Jeter broke his ankle in Game 1 of the ALCS. Expectations are always high in New York, but fans came into this season with relatively low expectations, and are very happy to see a first-place team once again."

With over half the teams in baseball still in playoff contention, the second half of the season should be as wild as any in baseball history -- especially with the still-new playoff format, which features two wild card teams.

Visit http://www.ticketnetwork.com/mlb.aspx to view remaining schedules, and to purchase tickets to any game remaining this season.

*Ticket sales data as of July 14, 2015, 3 p.m. ET. Trademarked names are the property of their respective owners. TicketNetwork does not claim any right or ownership to any performer or venue name, or other trademark contained in this release. These names are strictly used for descriptive purposes and do not imply an endorsement or partnership.

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