Quick hits

Brandon Snyder has reported to camp. Nick Markakis is taking batting practice with Adam Jones and Felix Pie. I almost didn't recognize him without the thick beard and hair. Jones looks good in the cage. He's ripping line drives all over the field. Will Ohman was bringing some serious heat in his bullpen session. Mike Gonzalez was the opposite. He threw free and easy, but he wasn't popping the mitt. Chad Moeller caught Chris Tillman during the right-hander's session, and they had a long chat afterward in front of the mound. Moeller, as you would imagine, did most of the talking. Reliever Josh Perrault bears an uncanny resemblance to Brad Bergesen. I did a double-take as Perrault began warming up, thinking at first that Bergesen had moved ahead of schedule and was throwing off a mound. Matt Albers said his arm feels better this spring than it did a year ago. He also said that he lost about eight pounds over the winter. "I still want to improve, so I've got some work to do," he said. "I put in a lot of hard work this off-season and I feel like I'm probably in the best shape that I've been in, so I feel good about that. I've just got to continue to build on that in spring training before the season starts. We've got six weeks here, so I think I'll be real ready to go." Steve Johnson is wearing No. 85 in Giants camp. Players have given him the nickname "Ocho Cinco."
Tillman's new pitch
Notes from today's workout

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