—David Axelrod, President Obama's top political aide, and a Cubs fan to his boss's White Sox fan, on the president's role at the All-Star Game.
Comment: You gotta love this about Obama: He has a team he roots for, he embraces that team, and he doesn't hide it.
Hillary Clinton, in contrast, has called herself a Cubs fan and a Yankees fan, depending on what audience she's trying to appeal to.
* This from the Chicago Tribune's Phil Rogers: Don't overlook the Twins as a possible playoff team. They are 13-9 against the six teams in first place at the break. Only the Rays (10-6) had a better record, with no one else more than two games better than .500.
* The Tigers lost their best, or at least most talented, relief pitcher, Joel Zumaya. Zoom-zoom and his 100-mph-plus fastball is on the DL with yet another shoulder problem. At this point, one has to doubt he's ever going to be the same again.
He told the Detroit News: "I'm disgusted, upset, don't know what to think. Obviously, my arm's not feeling too good right now. My head's going in circles. There's only so many bullets your arm has."
*Everybody's writing about Joe Mauer.