Sunday, August 8, 2004

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The Enquirer

Sean Casey had three hits Friday to become the 30th Red with 1,000 career hits. He got his 1,000th hit overall with a two-run single in the Reds' 10-run eighth inning Thursday night. Casey was 2-for-10 as an Indian in 1997.

Needing 72 hits in the final 53 games entering Saturday, he has an outside chance to reach 200 hits. No Red has reached 200 since Pete Rose had 204 in 1977.

Casey's career high is 197 hits, which he had in 1999. That total was the highest by a Red since Dave Parker had 198 in 1985.

Casey's .343 batting average entering Saturday is above his career high of .332 in 1999. He entered this season with a career average of .300 - on the button.

A Dunn deal

Adam Dunn last week became only the fourth player in Reds history to hit 30 home runs in a season before the age of 25:

Year Player HR (Age)
1953Gus Bell30 (24)
1956 Frank Robinson 38 (21)
1958 Frank Robinson 31 (23)
1959 Frank Robinson 36 (24)
1970 Johnny Bench 45 (22)
1972 Johnny Bench 40 (24)
2004 Adam Dunn 33 (24)

Dunn hit his career-high 33rd homers Friday and is on pace to become the first Red to hit 40 since Ken Griffey Jr., in 2000.

Dunn, 24, is the only active player other than Albert Pujols to have as many as 100 career homers before the age of 25.

A career .241 hitter in 340 games entering the season, Dunn entered Saturday hitting .277. He had hit .298 in his past 57 games, with 21 home runs and 42 RBI.

His 30 multi-hit games were second to Casey's, and his 78 walks had him among the league leaders in on-base percentage at .407.

Trivia question

Dunn entered Saturday with the National League lead in homers with 33. Who was the last Red to lead the NL in homers? (answer below)

Who's hot

Ken Griffey Jr.

Back from his hamstring injury, he is three home runs from tying Eddie Murray (504) for 19th on the all-time list.

The Reds, by the way, are 16-2 in games in which Junior has homered this season.

Who's not

Josh Hancock

The pitcher, acquired from the Phillies in the Todd Jones deal, entered Friday with a 5.40 ERA in two appearances covering 1 2/3 innings. (Well, to be fair, he did get a victory in each appearance.)

By the numbers

7-17: Date of the last save opportunity for Danny Graves before he recorded his 35th save against San Francisco Wednesday, a span of 17 games.

1.38: ERA in 12 July appearances by lefty reliever Phil Norton. He entered Saturday having allowed three runs in three August innings.

12-6: The Reds' record in Aaron Harang's starts.

3: Home runs allowed by reliever Gabe White in his past two appearances entering Saturday.

Trivia answer

George Foster, who hit 40 in 1978. He also had led in 1977 with his club-record 52 homers. Johnny Bench (45 in 1970, 40 in 1972), Ted Kluszewski (49 in 1954), Fred Odwell (9 in 1905) and Sam Crawford (16 in 1901) are the only other Reds to lead the NL.

The week ahead

Back from a West Coast trip, the Reds host West Coast contenders Los Angeles (Tuesday-Thursday) and San Diego (Friday-Sunday).

Jim Tracy's Dodgers lead the West division, while the Padres are chasing the Cubs in the wild-card race.

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