The arrival of the All-Star break has translated to success for a number of major-league hitters. Several are enjoying solid summers after getting off to slow starts.
Here are three hitters who have improved dramatically since the All-Star break:
Adam Dunn, Chicago White Sox (.239, 28 HR, 73 RBIs)
Known for perennially having one of the lowest batting averages in the majors, Dunn has looked like a borderline batting champion since the break. The towering 33-year-old is batting a team-best .317 in the second half, while his 18 walks in that span also lead the club.
The White Sox open a three-game series in Kansas City on Tuesday.
Wil Myers, Tampa Bay Rays (.310, 9 HR, 37 RBIs)
The centerpiece in the off-season deal that saw pitchers James Shields and Wade Davis wind up with the Royals, Myers is enjoying a sensational second-half surge. The rookie right fielder is batting .333 with six homers and 22 RBIs in 25 second-half games - and he won't turn 23 until December.
The Rays resume their three-game series against the rival Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday.
Martin Prado, Arizona Diamondbacks (.278, 11 HR, 56 RBIs)
After middling through the first half of his initial season in Arizona, the former Atlanta Braves infielder has turned it on since the break. Prado had two hits Monday to increase his second-half average to .365 - over 110 points higher than his first-half mark.
The Diamondbacks continue their four-game set in Cincinnati on Tuesday.