- The Washington Times - Monday, April 24, 2006

CINCINNATI REDS at WASHINGTON NATIONALS

Today at 7:05 p.m.

TV: MASN

Tomorrow at 7:05 p.m.

TV: MASN

Wednesday at 1:05 p.m.

TV: MASN

Outside of Albert Pujols, Reds outfielder Adam Dunn may be the National League’s premier power hitter. Barry Bonds? Let’s not go there. Dunn, a 6-foot-6, 275-pound behemoth, entered last night’s games tied for second in the NL with eight homers. Dunn, who was drafted by the Reds when Nationals general manager Jim Bowden was Cincinnati’s GM, has five of the top 10 longest home runs ever hit at Cincinnati’s Great American Ball Park, including the longest — a 535-foot shot off Los Angeles Dodgers starter Jose Lima on Aug. 10, 2004. But Dunn’s prodigious power has been on hold lately. In his last six games, Dunn is 2-for-18 without a homer. He is the only player in Reds history to produce two seasons of 100 runs, 100 RBI, and 100 walks (2004 and 2005).

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at ST. LOUIS CARDINALS

Thursday at 8:10 p.m.

TV: MASN

Friday at 8:10 p.m.

TV: Ch. 20, MASN

Saturday at 2:15 p.m.

TV: MASN

Sunday at 2:15 p.m.

TV: MASN

Pujols has set the bar high for baseball’s sluggers, leading the majors with 11 home runs in just 18 games. He loves the Cardinals’ new Busch Stadium. When Pujols hit his 11th homer of the season Friday night against the Chicago Cubs, it was his fourth straight Busch Stadium at-bat in which he had homered. His 11th home run also was the 1,000th hit of his career, tying Colorado’s Todd Helton as the second-fastest to reach the milestone among active players. His 11 home runs broke the club record for home runs in April, set by Mark McGwire, who hit 10 in 1998. That also was the year McGwire broke Roger Maris’ single-season home run record of 61, when he hit 70.

Ken Wright

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