• Most of the league gets back from the All-Star break Thursday, but the Yankees have the day off before beginning a 9 game home stand against Detroit, Baltimore and Oakland.  Ideally, the Yankees can take 7 or more games and try to catch up to Boston in the AL East standings.  The Red Sox play their next 6 at Toronto and Texas and lead the Yanks by 3 games.
  • The American League won their seventh straight All-Star game Tuesday night, in a game that lasted a mere 2 hours and 30 minutes.  The AL has not lost in 13 years – 7 straight wins, then the infamous tie game in 2002, and then 5 straight wins dating back to 1997.
  • Mariano Rivera earned the save for the AL, pitching a 1-2-3 ninth inning to preserve the 4-3 win.  Mo also had a strikeout.  Carl Crawford earned the MVP honors mostly for his phenomenal home run-stealing catch.  He was also 1-3 at the plate.
  • Damaso Marte, the Yankees oft-injured reliever has begun a rehab assignment this week in the Gulf Coast League.  No word on when the Yankees plan to bring him back into the bullpen.  Marte, a lefty, signed a multi-year contract in the off season but has not appeared in the big leagues since April 25.  He began the season on the DL, joined the roster, posted an ERA over 15.00 and was placed back on the DL on April 25.  Needless to say, I could care less if he comes back or not.