Cincinnati (51-55) at San Francisco (58-50)

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  • Game info: 10:05 pm EDT Wed Aug 4, 2004
  • TV: FSOH, FSBA
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Ken Griffey Jr. will return to the Cincinnati Reds’ lineup when they continue a three-game series with Barry Bonds and the San Francisco Giants at SBC Park.

Griffey, who had been on the disabled list since tearing his right hamstring while chasing a fly ball on July 10, was activated Tuesday. But the All-Star center fielder was not in the Reds’ lineup for the series opener.

However, Griffey said he would be back in action Wednesday.

“It’s all right. I look like a defensive back, like a miniature Ray Lewis,” he said after going through a pregame workout Tuesday. “People don’t realize how hard rehab is. You’ve got to be in here at 1, go through an afternoon session, then an early evening session. That just makes for a long day.”

Griffey, who started 76 of Cincinnati’s first 87 games, was enjoying his best season since 2000—when he had 40 home runs and 118 RBIs. He was batting .251 but had 20 home runs and 60 RBIs and in June became the 20th player to reach 500 career home runs.

“He feels good,” Reds manager Dave Miley said. “He can run the bases. He’ll be in the lineup (Wednesday).”

Bonds wasn’t feeling too bad himself Tuesday night, belting two homers and matching a season high with five RBIs as the Giants rolled over the Reds 11-0. While Griffey sat and watched, Bonds upped his season homer total to 29 and career mark to 687.

Snow, Bonds and Felix hit consecutive homers in the seventh inning as San Francisco, which had dropped six of its previous eight, remained within 5 1/2 games of first-place Los Angeles in the NL West.

Bonds has 66 career multihomer games, including two this season. It was the first time the Giants hit three straight homers since Snow, Reggie Sanders and David Bell did it on Aug. 4, 2002, at Pittsburgh.

The Reds fell to 5-11 all time at SBC Park and have won only once in their past seven games there. They have lost 11 of 12 overall.

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