Gotcha: Outfield prospect Jay Bruce's Friday morning slumber at home was interrupted with a phone call from Adam Dunn, who asked Bruce why he wasn't at the ballpark. Bruce was scheduled to play in the night split-squad game vs. Pittsburgh, but not the day game. Worried, he double-timed it to the Reds clubhouse.Dunn wanted to call him back and tell him it was a joke before. But teammates talked him out of it. After being strung along, Bruce finally realized he'd been had. "We love you so much, we wanted you at the park when we were here," Ken Griffey Jr. told Bruce. Bruce didn't return to his place. Dunn told him to go and offered to buy breakfast. "I'm staying. Maybe I can get a pinch-hit out of it," he said. Rough run: Veteran lefty reliever and Cincinnati native Scott Sauerbeck hasn't had a smooth camp. Sauerbeck struggled again in Friday afternoon's game vs. Pittsburgh and took the loss. In the sixth inning, he gave up four earned runs, one hit and two walks in one-third of an inning. Through two innings in his three outings, Sauerbeck has allowed 10 runs (nine earned) for a 40.50 ERA. Interesting read? An avid reader, Baker's office shelf is filled with leadership and motivational books written by the likes of John Wooden and Bill Walsh. Asked about his collection, Baker pulled out a book about Attila the Hun. "Everybody will think I'm crazy for liking him," Baker said. "Atilla the Hun is one of the best leaders of all time. I don't think I could cut off hands and arms or something like that if you don't do what I tell you. I liked that his people were all nationalities, all different languages, a lot of stuff." Some TV, in high-def: The Reds and FSN Ohio announced that 145 games will be shown in 2008, including 71 in hi-definition. The TV schedule begins with the March 31 season opener vs. the Diamondbacks at 2 p.m. ET. George Grande and Chris Welsh will return for their 16th seasons, making them the longest running TV duo in Reds history. Back for their second season on selected games will be Thom Brennaman and Jeff Brantley. Up next: The Reds will host the Braves on Saturday at 1:05 p.m. in Sarasota. Lefty Jeremy Affeldt will make his third start for Cincinnati against Atlanta right-hander Buddy Carlyle.
Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less