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By Patrick Allegri / MLB.com
But, instead of divine providence, Hamilton's helpful hints typically come from his left, via right fielder Ken Griffey, Jr."When the ball is hit, a lot of balls, my first break will be back, and [Griffey] will be screaming, 'In!' Or, if I move in, he'll be screaming, 'Back!' Hamilton said. "He just, he's there. I hear that voice." Hamilton says he trusts Griffey's immediate reads on fly balls because the 10-time Gold Glove winner has proven himself one of the best at judging where a fly ball will end up. "I don't know all the players and how they hit the ball, but he knows what's going on," Hamilton said. "The first step is critical, and he's there to help out. "He always seems to float across the field." While Griffey has been able to help Hamilton adjust to Major League fly balls, there is one area of covering center field at Great American Ball Park that Hamilton must face on his own. "The days are getting longer," Hamilton said. "Until about the third inning, especially in left-center field, the sun is right in your eyes. [Griffey] can't really help me with that." Possible day off for Gonzalez: Shortstop Alex Gonzalez, who has been playing with a tender right hamstring, may get a day off in the coming days, said manager Jerry Narron on Saturday. "Alex is playing at less than 100 percent," Narron said. "He has a tender hamstring, but he's continued to play through it. He could probably use two or three days off." Another Reds baby: Pitcher Kirk Saarloos' wife, Kristen, gave birth to son Brady Troy on Thursday. Saarloos was optioned to Triple-A Louisville on May 28. Up next: The Reds and Rangers will close out their weekend series at 12:35 p.m. ET on Sunday at Great American Ball Park. Cincinnati right-hander Bronson Arroyo (2-7, 4.98 ERA) will face Texas right-hander Kevin Millwood (2-6, 7.82 ERA).
Patrick Allegri is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.