Martin on Tomko: Asked if anything has caught his eye during his catching duties, Martin said he's been especially impressed with Brett Tomko's new-and-improved two-seam fastball."It's really good, down in the zone," said Martin. "With his powerful arm, if he has a ball that goes down in the zone, he'll get more ground balls." Tomko said he's beginning to believe in it. "I asked Derek Lowe if he thought I should throw it," said Tomko. "He said, 'Only if you want to get one-pitch outs.' " Saito still protected: Closer Takashi Saito is throwing on the same schedule as the other pitchers, but he has yet to participate in fielding practice drills while protecting his strained calf muscle. Little said Saito might not see his first exhibition game action until next week. You're an All-Star: Garciaparra and Brad Penny, Dodgers All-Stars last year, participated Monday in the taping of a Major League Baseball commercial for this year's All-Star Game. Because the game is in San Francisco, a cable car was brought in as a prop for the taping. Experiment continues: Apparently the Dodgers haven't totally scrapped the idea of third-base prospect Andy La Roche in the outfield, because he was working with coach Dave Jauss on Monday on balls bouncing in front of him and turning to chase balls hit over his head. Grab a bat: The Dodgers will hold an open tryout at 9 a.m. ET Thursday at Dodgertown's Fields 5 & 6 and any professional or amateur free agent can attend. Registration begins at 8 a.m. Participants must bring their equipment and be dressed in baseball attire. For more information call 772-569-4900.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.