Seen and heard: Reds pitchers faced hitters Thursday in the first round of live batting practice. Since hitters are rusty, they are generally at a bigger disadvantage at first."When it comes to live batting practice before you start playing games, it's difficult for a hitter to look good," Narron said. Pitcher Paul Wilson, trying to make a comeback from 2005 shoulder surgery, was one of those who took the mound. An observing club official noticed that Wilson had good velocity and nice movement on his sinker and changeup. ESPN college basketball analyst Dick Vitale, a Sarasota resident, gave the Reds a motivational speech before the first workout. Vitale, who often frequents the facility with members of his family, talked to the players for over 10 minutes. Signings: Infielder Jerry Gil, outfielder Josh Hamilton and right-handed pitcher Brad Salmon were signed to one-year contracts on Thursday. Helping a hospital: Griffey has been named chairman of Florida Hospital's Centennial Campaign. The campaign aims to raise $100 million by October 2008, when the Orlando-based hospital celebrates its 100th anniversary. Big difference: A reporter asked second baseman Brandon Phillips if there was a difference between Spring Training last year and this year. "I've got a job," Phillips responded without hesitation. Last spring, Phillips was cut from Indians camp and designated for assignment at the end. His career rekindled after his April trade to the Reds.
Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.