1. BASEBALL 101
Q: What does a baseball drug test and a force play at second have in common?
A: You're given an out if someone drops the ball on the exchange.
2. THEY'VE GOT HIS NUMBER
State lawmakers in Wisconsin have declared Dec. 12 -- 12-12-12, get it? -- as Aaron Rodgers Day in honor of the Packers' MVP quarterback. Indiana officials, not to be upstaged, retroactively decreed 2-14 as Indianapolis Colts Day.
3. PIGEON COUP
Police in Taiwan arrested seven people for allegedly kidnapping dozens of race pigeons -- a popular pastime for gamblers there -- and holding them for ransom. Unfortunately for the perps, they didn't snatch the stool pigeon.
4. TAMPA TRYOUT
CBS' David Letterman, the reason behind actress Reese Witherspoon's visit to the Bronx Bombers' spring-training camp: "The Yankees are taking a look at her as a possible Alex Rodriguez girlfriend."
5. HE'S NO DOPE
Headline at SportsPickle.com: "Ryan Braun feeling lucky enough to enter 2012 Tour de France."
-- Dwight Perry, Seattle Times