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Quote: "The Yankees aren't allowed to have an off year." - Retread New York pitcher Dwight Gooden, who just returned to the majors, upon learning of the team obtaining standout pitcher Denny Neagle.

It's a fact: With all those marquee players injured, NBC's All-Star Game broadcast drew a 10.1 national rating with an 18 share, worst ever for the showcase event.

Who's hot: Jason Kendall, Pittsburgh's All-Star catcher, went 3-for-4 last night. He has reached base in 75 of 80 games he has started.

Who's not: Through 42 home games, Minnesota has drawn fewer than 10,000 fans 22 times; that total all last year was 12.

On deck: St. Louis visits the White Sox (8:05 p.m. EDT). The NL Central-leading Cardinals take on AL Central-leading Chicago.

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