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ESPN Joins Bonds’ Chase for Home-Run Record

ESPN will beef up its Barry Bonds coverage as the San Francisco Giants’ controversial slugger inches closer to Hank Aaron’s career Major League Baseball home-run record.

The network added the Giants’ Friday (10 p.m. EST) and Saturday (9 p.m.) games against the Florida Marlins to its schedule.

Wednesday Night Baseball hosts Dan Shulman, Orel Hershiser and Steve Phillips will announce both games as Bonds will try to reach Aaron’s record of 755 career home runs. Bonds stands at 753 career shots, but he has not hit a home run in his last 18 at-bats.

“The Worldwide Leader in Sports” will also show live cut-ins to Bonds’ at-bats on its MLB programming when not covering his game. When ESPN is not airing anything MLB-related, it will show live or taped cut-ins of his at-bats.