|Washburn has never faced Bonds outside of spring training, but turning serious, he said : " I'll challenge him, but I'm not going to be stupid.
|And pitchers are discovering the hard way just how dangerous it is to face Bonds as he once again pursues the title of best player in baseball.
|Schoeneweis could be called upon in a close-game, late-inning situation to face Bonds, much as he was with Jason Giambi in the division series against the Yankees.
|Of course, the Dodgers face Bonds themselves for three games next week before concluding the season with those three winner-take-all games versus the Padres at Dodger Stadium.
|After Rich Aurilia was hit by Steve Reed ( 0-1 ) leading off the 10th, and Padres manager Bruce Bochy brought in left-hander Alan Embree to face Bonds.
|This weekend with the San Diego Padres at Pac Bell Park provides a fascinating study in images, with fan-and press-favorite Tony Gwynn facing Bonds for the last time.
|Milwaukee manager Ned Yost was criticized locally at the time-- " People called me a dope, " he said-- but his philosophy in facing Bonds has apparently not changed.
|After Edgardo Alfonzo singled in the eighth, Braves manager Bobby Cox brought in left-handed reliever Tom Martin to face Bonds, who took a called third strike to end the inning.
|"It's fun because if you beat those guys you know you're beating the best, " said Looper, who has faced Bonds three times and given up one hit with a strikeout.
|It is no wonder that last week, when Milwaukee manager Ned Yost spoke with his pitchers about facing Bonds, he instructed them : " Get the guys out in front of him.