* Astros P Jim Deshaies recently got together for lunch with Hal Smith, the man Deshaies claims is the most famous person from his hometown of Massena, N.Y. If the name only sounds vaguely familiar, Smith was the actor who played Otis Campbell, the town drunk, in the "Andy Griffith Show."
* Dodgers OF Brett Butler is second in the NL in hits with 145. More than a third of them (52) have been infield hits, including 19 bunt singles.
* Orioles DH Sam Horn was one of the major-league leaders in homer-to-at-bat ratio at the All-Star break, averaging a home run every 12.8 at-bats. But he has 2 homers since July 6 and his ratio has dropped to a home run every 16 at-bats. He doesn't even lead the team anymore. Chito Martinez averages a homer every 14 at-bats, and Glenn Davis has a homer every 11 at-bats in very limited action.