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Griffey day-to-day with hamstring strain

6/8/2002

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- A bad night got worse for the Cincinnati
Reds.

Ken Griffey Jr. left in the fourth with a hamstring injury an
inning after the Anaheim Angels scored four runs -- sparked by
Garret Anderson's two-run double -- to beat the Reds 4-3 Friday
night.

With the Reds trailing 4-0 in the fourth inning, Griffey pulled
up lame after hustling to first base on a fielder's choice grounder
in the fourth inning. Angels team physician Dr. Craig Milhouse
examined Griffey, who is day-to-day with a mild strain of his right
hamstring. Griffey was not in the starting lineup on Saturday.

"It's not bad,'' Reds manager Bob Boone said. "It's not his
bad hamstring. The doctor felt around and didn't feel anything. I'm
hoping it just scared him a little.''

Griffey returned to the Reds only two weeks ago after missing 41
games earlier this season with a torn tendon in his right knee.
This injury is to the same leg, but it's a different area.

"It's bad enough,'' said Griffey, who was limping and had his
leg wrapped and iced. "I don't think people know how hard this is.
I've gone through this for two years, I just want to play.''

Aaron Sele (6-3) allowed two runs and seven hits in 7 1/3
innings to win for the sixth time in seven decisions. He struck out
five and walked none.

The Angels have won 18 of 23 to move within one game of Seattle
in the AL West. Since April 24, the Angels are 29-9, the best
record in baseball.

The Angels set the tone early with five hits in the third
inning, capped by Anderson's opposite-field drive off Chris Reitsma
(3-3). The Angels also got an RBI groundout from Adam Kennedy and
an RBI single by Troy Glaus.

Reitsma allowed four runs and six hits in seven innings. The
only hit he allowed outside the third inning was a bunt single to
Orlando Palmeiro in the fourth. Reitsma retired the last 11 batters
he faced.

"The only thing that went right for me tonight was it didn't
rain,'' said Reitsma, who lost his third straight decision. "I
felt I pitched a good game. It's one of those things in baseball
where you just have to shake your head and laugh.''

Troy Percival allowed a two-out RBI single in the ninth to Jason
LaRue before earning his 12th save.

Game notes
Griffey tore his left hamstring in spring training last
year, limiting him to 111 games. ... The Reds acquired 3B-OF
Russell Branyan on Friday from Cleveland for minor-league first
baseman Ben Broussard. ... To make room for Branyan, the Reds
placed RHP Jose Rijo on the 15-day DL, retroactive to June 2, with
shoulder stiffness. ... Angels OF Tim Salmon did not start because
of tightness in his right hamstring.