Summer is officially here for Northeast Ohio and the start of the hottest season of the year finds the Akron RubberDucks atop the Eastern League Western Division once again.

Summer is officially here for Northeast Ohio and the start of the hottest season of the year finds the Akron RubberDucks atop the Eastern League Western Division once again.

As the Eastern League nears its All-Star break, the RubberDucks' torrid pace of May has slowed a bit, but so has the rest of their division. After winning 28 of 42 to rebound from a 10-11 start, Akron remains ahead of Richmond and Bowie in the standings.

Only fifth-place Harrisburg has played above-.500 baseball in its past 10 games within the division as the Eastern Division has begun to flex its muscles in interdivision battles.

Although their pitching has struggled, the RubberDucks have balanced out their attack with an improving offense buoyed by the addition of Cleveland native and Kent State product Anthony Gallas, who has blasted two home runs in his first six games since being promoted from Class-A Carolina.

The schedule is unrelenting, with no off days slated between now and the Eastern League All-Star break July 15-16.

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