Cincinnati (16-15) at San Diego (19-13)

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  • Game info: 10:05 pm EDT Tue May 11, 2004
  • TV: Ch4
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Ken Griffey Jr. has hit more home runs against David Wells than any other pitcher.

Griffey will try to add to his total when the Cincinnati Reds face Wells and the San Diego Padres in the opener of a three-game series at Petco Park.

The Reds center fielder has seven homers off Wells, and is batting .300 (21-for-70) with a triple, four doubles and 14 RBIs against him. Griffey, who is 22nd on the all-time list with 487 home runs, has hit six against Roger Clemens and Tom Gordon.

Griffey was quiet at the plate a day after he hit a pair of solo homers, going 0-for-3 with two walks and two strikeouts in the Reds’ 7-6 loss to the San Francisco Giants on Sunday.

Cincinnati’s defense, among the majors’ worst for the second straight season, committed three errors that led to three unearned runs. Juan Castro, usually a sure-handed fielder, made two errors while filling in for Brandon Larson at third base Sunday.

Larson was placed on the disabled list with a strained thigh, the latest in a series of setbacks for the Reds’ former No. 1 draft pick. He aggravated his left thigh while sliding hard into home plate on Friday night in a 6-1 loss to San Francisco.

The Padres are coming off a 7-4 loss to the Florida Marlins on Sunday. San Diego lost two of three games against the Marlins, marking the first time they’ve lost a series since dropping two of three against Arizona on April 23-25.

Manager Bruce Bochy further juggled his lineup, moving Sean Burroughs, Mark Loretta, Brian Giles and Phil Nevin down one spot each into the Nos. 2-5 positions. Kerry Robinson started for the first time this year for the Padres, leading off and playing center field. He went 2-for-3 with a walk and a stolen base.

“Boch is as good as anyone in the game in keeping his bench an integral part of his team,” Padres first base coach Davey Lopes said of Padres manager Bruce Bochy. “Even if we have a set lineup, Boch finds a way to get guys into the action and that’s a great asset.”

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