Now that Joey Votto is breaking out of his early power slump, the next priority for Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker is getting Jay Bruce to find his home run stroke.
Votto looks to build on a big weekend while Bruce tries to shake out of his funk for the surging Reds in Monday's opener against the slumping Chicago Cubs at Great American Ball Park.
After hitting one home run in his first 17 games, Votto homered for the second straight day Sunday in a 10-6 win over Miami, the sixth victory in seven games for Cincinnati (11-8). Votto, who didn't homer in his final 40 games of 2012, is 7 for 11 in his last two contests, raising his batting average to .328 and his on-base percentage to .522 - just shy of teammate Shin-Soo Choo's major league-best .523.
"I told you he was going to hit,'' Baker said. "If you can hit, you'll hit. You don't just stop hitting.''
Baker's philosophy doesn't relate to Bruce, however.
Bruce led the Reds with 34 homers and 99 RBIs last season, but is stil...