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Giants slugger continues to dominate

Through the first twelve games of the season, Barry Bonds has never quite gotten out of the gate like this.

Updated: April 19, 2004, 10:40 AM ET
By By Jim Baker | MLB Insider
What, exactly, were we expecting from Barry Bonds this spring? Did we think a haunted scarecrow of a man, deprived of the magic elixir that made him whole, would be dragging his bat to the plate for lack of the strength required to carry it there? Did we think that, once in the batter's box, the batboy would help him hoist the lumber up to his shoulder and that there it would stay while he hoped the pitcher would miss the plate four times? Did we think that finally, out of desperation, he would feebly unlimber the bat and make a half-hearted slap at a pitch now and again, perhaps even fouling a few off, or, with some luck, dribbling one back to the pitcher?

Regardless of what folks expected, this much we know: at the advanced age of 39, Bonds is off to the best start of his 19-year career, bar none. He homered twice in yesterday's 7-6 loss to the Dodgers, giving him seven homers and 16 RBI on the young season. Through the first twelve games of the season, he has never quite gotten out of the gate like this, although 2002 comes pretty close. Here are his best Triple Crown stats through twelve games:

Home Runs:
2004: 7
2002: 7
1992: 7

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