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.