Giancarlo Stanton

Bonds tries to help Marlins' Stanton solve hitting slump

Barry Bonds stood in the batting cage holding a bat as he held court. His audience: slumping slugger Giancarlo Stanton.

"I haven't hit in a while, so I can't do it perfect," Bonds said before taking another cut. "But I'm trying not to swing so hard."

To punctuate his point, the home run king lined a pitch down the third-base line. Stanton nodded.

The Miami Marlins' cleanup hitter and batting coach spent more than half an hour together before Friday's game against Washington trying to solve the slump. There was no immediate turnaround — Stanton went 0 for 4 with three strikeouts in a 4-1 loss.

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