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San Francisco Giants Kevin Frandsen, right, congratulates Ryan Klesko after he scored the winning run on a single by teammate Nate Schierholtz in the 13th inning off of New York Yankees pitcher Scott Proctor at AT&T Park in San Francisco, CA on Saturday June 23, 2007.
PHOENIX — The double play is supposed to be a pitcher's best friend. It's more of a loitering pest to Kevin Frandsen.

Frandsen has hit into 16 double plays to share the club lead with Ray Durham. The difference: Durham has had 452 at-bats, and Frandsen just 225.

Frandsen is not a slow runner, and therefore not a logical target to hit into so many double plays. He just happens to be making sharp contact with runners on base, and it's often right at infielders.

But Frandsen isn't just throwing up his hands and cursing his luck. He wanted some insight, so he asked the people who best know and love the double play.

"I talked to a bunch of our pitchers," Frandsen said. "I wanted to know what they're trying to do when they want to get a ground ball, especially the starters."

Frandsen gets excellent plate coverage, seldom strikes out and can make consistent contact on breaking pitches — all attributes that could make him a long-term fit as a No.8 hitter, according to manager Bruce Bochy.

But Matt Cain and others told Frandsen that opposing pitchers would try to turn his strengths into weaknesses by getting him to make contact on borderline strikes.

"I just have to do a better job zoning up," Frandsen said.

The double play can get in a hitter's head, and Frandsen said that has happened to him at times.

"Just because I'm not a guy who lifts the ball too much," he said. "There's times you go up there and think, 'This isn't the time to put it on the ground.' But when you make a lot of contact, it's bound to happen."

Frandsen cited Texas' Michael Young as a premier hitter who often finishes near the top in double-play grounders.

The club record is safe for now. A.J. Pierzynski grounded into a major league high 27 double plays as a Giant in 2004.

BONDS' STATUS: Bochy talked at length with Barry Bonds and said the 43-year-old slugger hopes to play "a game or two" in the four-game series against Cincinnati that begins today. Bonds has not taken swings since spraining the big toe on his right foot Saturday at San Diego.

SHORT HOPS: Infielder Ryan Klesko has been unavailable the past two days because of a tender wrist. He took batting practice and said the injury was improved. ... The Sept. 29 game at Los Angeles will start at 7:10 p.m., the Giants announced. KTVU will televise the game.

MATCHUPS: Starters for the Reds series: Today, 7:15 p.m., RH Homer Bailey (2-2, 6.99 ERA) vs. RH Matt Cain (7-15, 3.71); Friday, 7:15 p.m., RH Matt Belisle (8-9, 5.39) vs. RH Tim Lincecum (7-5, 4.00); Saturday, 6:05 p.m., RH Bronson Arroyo (9-14, 4.37) vs. RH Kevin Correia (4-6, 3.45); Sunday, 1:05 p.m., RH Aaron Harang (16-4, 3.61) vs. undecided.