A Sept. 5 Sports headline incorrectly said that Cincinnati Reds outfielder Ken Griffey Jr. had passed Mickey Mantle on the all-time home run list Sunday. Griffey tied Mantle for 12th place. (Published 9/7/2005)
Reds OF Ken Griffey Jr. wasn't overly excited about catching Mickey Mantle -- or especially concerned about his latest injury. Griffey hit his 536th homer yesterday, tying Mantle for 12th on the career list. His 35th of the season came off Horacio Ramirez in the first inning of an 8-3 victory in Atlanta.
Griffey, however, came up hobbling in the 12th inning and left the game with a sprained right foot. He is day to day.
"It's just a little sore. We'll see how it feels tomorrow and go from there," said Griffey, who said he would not play today. "They said I was going to get a day off in the next couple of days anyway, so I guess [Monday] is it."
Griffey, who will turn 36 in November, missed 331 games from 2001 to '04 with a variety of injuries, hitting only 63 homers during those four seasons.
"He's one of the greatest players ever to play the game," Reds Manager Jerry Narron said. "When you talk about center fielders like Joe DiMaggio, Willie Mays and Mantle, he's up there with them. If he hadn't missed the last three-four years with injuries, he'd probably have at least 100 more homers."
* RELIEF EFFORTS: The Rockies donated revenue from the walkup sales of yesterday's game against the Dodgers to the Hurricane Katrina relief effort.
The Astros have contributed $200,000 to organizations assisting victims of Hurricane Katrina. Team owner Drayton McLane Jr., matched a $100,000 donation collected by his players and coaches. The wives of nine players also took part in a relief drive outside the stadium before yesterday's game.
* SPRINKLE, SPRINKLE LITTLE STAR: A sprinkler came on in the Cardinals bullpen during the eighth inning, sending pitchers scurrying for a dry area. The problem was solved within minutes.
-- From News Services