Maddux said he talks to his brother Greg, a pitcher for the Chicago Cubs, about once a week. "We talk about hitters we have faced. We give each other tips," Mike said. "The only thing we don't discuss is players on our own teams. That would be betraying the trust of our teams." When Greg's name is mentioned to Mike, he sometimes looks strange, and not because he is jealous of his more acclaimed brother. "It's because I don't call him Greg, I call him 'Nate,' a nickname he's always had," Mike said. "Everybody who has known him for a long time calls him 'Nate.' Sometimes I have to remember that I know a Greg Maddux."
Ramon Martinez's most visible souvenir from his 18-strikeout performance is a blister on the middle finger of his right hand. Trainers worked on it Friday, and it should cause him no problems in scheduled start here Sunday. . . . Orel Hershiser is accompanying the team on this six-game trip because he wants to continue his daily work with therapist Pat Screnar. . . . Shortstop Jose Offerman continues to be the Dodgers hottest minor league prospect. He recently hit .517 in one week for triple-A Albuquerque to improve his average to .400 after 52 games. He has committed 14 errors. Scouts are also impressed with third baseman Dave Hansen, who is hitting .344 with four homers and 36 RBIs in 52 games.