SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - At around age 10, Hunter Pence acquired a Barry Bonds poster from his elementary school fair. Ever since, he has choked up on his bat just as Bonds did in that prized picture.
Pence has become one of the San Francisco Giants' most reliable hitters with his unique style.
Not only does he have a team-leading seven home runs while batting .291 with nine doubles and a triple, he is the only member of the reigning World Series champions to start all 38 games this season and play every inning.
Manager Bruce Bochy regularly checks with his right fielder to see if he might need a break. Nah, Pence just wants to play.
Pence is hitting .327 with five doubles, three homers and eight RBIs over his last 12 games.

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