* Victor Martinez, who figures to be behind the plate tonight if Tim Wakefield pitches in the All-Star game, admitted yesterday that he's never caught a knuckleball "in my life." Good luck with that, Vic. He can always follow Bob Uecker's advice: "Wait until it stops rolling, then go to the backstop and pick it up."
* While withholding names to protect the guilty, Jose de Jesus Ortiz of the Houston Chronicle passes along the story of a married major leaguer who "asked a female intern from another media outlet if she'd like to join him at a club in Houston later that night." I haven't been this shocked since ...
* Stephen Strasburg was voted this year's Golden Spikes Award winner, which goes to the top college player in the country. The other finalists were Dustin Ackley of North Carolina, Mike Leake of Arizona State, Kent Matthes of Alabama, and A.J. Morris of Kansas State.
* The Baseball Writers Association of America voted yesterday and "have turned down a proposal to form a committee for developing guidelines on evaluating players from the steroids era in Hall of Fame voting."
* Meanwhile, commissioner Bud Selig said this morning that he'd like to eliminate the ability for suspended players such as Manny Ramirez or J.C. Romero to go on minor-league rehab assignments before their full penalty has been served.