Quote: "It's not that easy to play this game and it bothers me when people make jokes about someone who is trying so hard." - Yankees manager Joe Torre about an ESPN broadcaster's jabs at the throwing problems of New York second baseman Chuck Knoblauch.
It's a fact: With the assigning of Allen McDill (0-0, 7.20 ERA) to Triple-A Toledo, the Tigers have only one left-hander on their pitching staff - former starter C. J. Nitkowski.
Who's hot: The Blue Jays' Carlos Delgado has a 13-game hitting streak.
Who's not: The Rangers' Rafael Palmeiro has gone a season-high seven games without an extra-base hit or RBI.
On deck: Pedro Martinez pitches for the Red Sox against the rival New York Yankees at Boston's Fenway Park.