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Reds' revival fueled by defense

4/11/2011 - MLB Cincinnati Reds
Jeff Curry/US Presswire

Adam Dunn is one of the best hitters in the game. A metronome of power and patience, he's averaged more than 40 home runs and 100 walks a season for the past seven years. Going by advanced stats such as weighted on-base average, he's been a more valuable hitter than even perennial MVP candidate Ryan Howard.

So when the Cincinnati Reds shipped Dunn to Arizona on Aug. 11, 2008, the franchise's entire outlook changed … for the better.