June 18, 2008 |
Ken Griffey Jr. was sick yesterday, keeping him out of the Reds' lineup on the night picked to honor his 600th home run. Manager Dusty Baker said Griffey became ill on Monday, the team's day off, and wasn't feeling much better, though he did pinch-hit, striking out in the ninth inning of the Reds' 3-1 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers last night. Griffey, who reached the milestone June 9 in Florida, was on the field with his family for video highlights of his career. Former home run king Hank Aaron was part of the video tribute.
April 12, 1996 |
If you thought getting rid of Ron Gant was the biggest cost cutback ordered by Cincinnati Reds owner Marge Schott, think again. The penurious Reds have canceled a SportsTicker service that supplies updates on other major-league games for the scoreboard in Riverfront Stadium. The service costs $350 a month. Scores from other games were not shown during the Reds' first five home games, and fans had to listen to their radios or wait until they got home to find out how the Reds' rivals had done.
June 14, 2001 |
Lou Piniella of Seattle, Tony Muser of Kansas City, Dusty Baker of San Francisco and Bruce Bochy of San Diego yesterday were named coaches for the July 10 All-Star Game at Safeco Field in Seattle. The 2004 All-Star Game has been awarded to Houston, the third time the Astros will play host since joining the National League in 1962. Pedro Martinez might miss more than tomorrow night's start for the Boston Red Sox with a sore pitching shoulder and might end up on the disabled list for the third consecutive season.
February 22, 2002 |
Infielder Pokey Reese thinks the special treatment that Ken Griffey Jr. gets from the Cincinnati Reds' front office hurts the chemistry in the clubhouse. Reese, now playing for the Pittsburgh Pirates, said clubhouse spirit and discipline declined after the Reds lost Greg Vaughn to free agency and traded for Griffey in 2000. "Junior's going to be Junior," Reese was quoted as saying in yesterday's editions of the Cincinnati Enquirer. "He's going to do his thing, and they are not going to say anything.
May 22, 2004 |
Jimy Williams didn't know about Uncle Freddie's phone call. The Houston Astros manager decided to pitch to slumping Ken Griffey Jr. with the game on the line last night, and paid for it. Griffey's slump-busting double sent the host Cincinnati Reds to a 7-4 victory. Before Griffey came to bat with the score tied and two outs in the sixth, Ken Griffey Sr. relayed a batting tip to his son through a relative sitting in the front row. Uncle Freddie passed it along and Griffey immediately put it to use. "He said I wasn't using my hands," he said.
June 9, 1997 |
Hector Carrasco doesn't care that his latest demotion to the minors lasted only hours. The Cincinnati Reds reliever wants out. Carrasco, 27, has been one of the busiest and most effective relievers on the Reds staff. He's 1-1 with a 2.18 earned run average in 29 appearances. But the Reds still have an option on him. When they needed a spot for Felix Rodriguez, who had to be promoted Saturday because of a clause in his contract, the Reds optioned Carrasco to triple-A Indianapolis.
October 1, 2000 |
Thanks to the acquisition of Ken Griffey Jr., the Cincinnait Reds broke the major-league road attendance record previously held by the 1993 Braves. They've played in front of 37 sellout crowds and a total of 2,968,541 fans, 24,000 more than the Braves with one sellout to go today. The sellout of 47,099 yesterday was the 36th at St. Louis' Busch Stadium this season. Chicago's Mike Sirotka had hoped his next session in the bullpen would be a warmup for his start in Game 1 of the AL playoffs.
July 31, 1998 |
Ken Griffey Jr. took advantage of homerless nights by Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa to tighten the season home-run race. Griffey hit his American League-leading 41st home run last night for the Seattle Mariners against the visiting Cleveland Indians. The teams were tied at 6-6 after 16 innings. Griffey tied Sosa, the Chicago Cubs' slugging rightfielder, for second in the majors behind St. Louis first baseman McGwire, who has 45. All three lead the chase to eclipse the single-season record of 61, set by Roger Maris in 1961.
May 25, 1996 |
Seattle Mariners centerfielder Ken Griffey hit three home runs in a game for the first time and tied a career high with six RBI, powering host Seattle past the New York Yankees last night, 10-4. Griffey set a team record by scoring five runs, and went 4-for-4 with a walk. Griffey hit a two-run homer in the fourth inning, a three-run drive in the sixth and a solo shot in the eighth. He also singled. Last Tuesday, Griffey became the seventh-youngest player in major league history to reach 200 homers.
May 25, 2002 |
After seven weeks on the disabled list, Ken Griffey Jr. was back in center field for the Cincinnati Reds last night. Griffey, who tore a tendon in his right knee April 7, started and batted third against the Atlanta Braves. He hit .273 with one home run and three RBIs in the seven games before the injury. "It's been tough," he said before the game. "The only thing I really know is baseball and playing baseball. " The plan for now is for Griffey to play every other day to slowly work himself back into game shape.