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Griffey Gets Another Tough Break in Loss

From Associated Press

Seattle center fielder Ken Griffey Jr. broke a bone in his right wrist during the Mariners’ 9-2 loss to Toronto at Seattle on Wednesday night and will have surgery today.

Griffey was injured when he fouled off a pitch from Toronto’s Erik Hanson in the bottom of the third inning. He was removed from the game and taken for X-rays, which revealed a broken right hamate bone.

Griffey will go on the 15-day disabled list and begin his injury rehabilitation assignment in two weeks, the Mariners said.

It is the second time in as many seasons that Griffey has been sidelined by a broken wrist. In 1995, he broke his left wrist on May 26th when he crashed into the Kingdome fence making a running catch and underwent surgery, sitting out 73 games. Seattle went 36-37 in that span.

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Griffey began the game batting .300. He is third in the American League with 23 homers and seventh with 60 RBIs.

Kansas City 8, Milwaukee 4--The last thing the Royals needed after enduring 18 hours 17 minutes of play and postponements over the previous four days was to go extra innings.

They didn’t mind, however, after beating the Brewers in 10 innings at Milwaukee that took a relatively brief 3 hours, 36 minutes.

Counting weather delays, the Royals’ previous four games lasted 4:41, 4:15, 5:31 and 4:17.

Kevin Lockhart added a two-run triple and Craig Paquette an RBI double off Jose Mercedes in the 10th as the Royals snapped a seven-game skid against the Brewers.

Oakland 10, Detroit 3--Rookie John Wasdin gave up six hits over eight innings, and the Athletics hit three homers to complete a three-game sweep at Detroit.

Jason Giambi and Terry Steinbach homered and drove in three runs apiece, and Phil Plantier had a solo shot as Oakland finished a 7-7 trip with its fourth straight victory. Detroit lost for the fourth consecutive time.

Texas 3, Baltimore 2--This one was closer than usual, although the result was agonizingly familiar to Oriole Manager Davey Johnson.

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Bobby Witt came within an out of a shutout and Warren Newson homered at Baltimore. Darryl Hamilton had three hits for the Rangers and Dean Palmer had a double and a single as Texas improved to 8-1 against Baltimore this season. The Rangers have outscored the Orioles, 69-32, in those games.

The second game of a scheduled doubleheader was rained out and rescheduled for today.

Cleveland 11, Boston 4--Eddie Murray hit his 487th career home run and the Indians tied a team record with a home run in 16 consecutive games. Julio Franco also homered for the Indians at Cleveland as the Indians won their 12th straight game over Boston.

Orel Hershiser (7-4) won his third consecutive start.

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