Quote: "I went out with the attitude that I can help the team and not hurt it. ... Not being in the field for a month is tough." - White Sox's Frank Thomas, who played first base for the first time in a month and made an unassisted double play
It's a fact: For the first time since 1989, the Royals have two All-Stars, outfielder Jermaine Dye and first baseman Mike Sweeney.
Who's hot: The Expos are 21-9 against AL opponents at Olympic Stadium since interleague play began in 1997.
Who's not: The Pirates' Todd Ritchie has allowed 15 hits and 13 runs, eight earned, in nine innings since shutting out the Cubs, 6-0, on June 27.
On deck: The Blue Jays' David Wells goes for his major-league-leading 15th win today.