Cincinnati (52-55) at San Francisco (58-51)

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  • Game info: 3:35 pm EDT Thu Aug 5, 2004
  • TV: FSBA
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Maybe Ken Griffey Jr.’s hamstring wasn’t totally healed.

The Cincinnati Reds hope to have their slugging outfielder back in the lineup Thursday when they close out their three-game set with the San Francisco Giants.

Griffey, who had been out since July 10 with a partially torn right hamstring, returned to the Reds’ lineup Wednesday, but left in the fifth inning with stiffness in the hamstring.

Before departing, he went 2-for-3 with a double and scored a run in the Reds’ 8-7 win. The team said Griffey’s early exit was just a precaution.

Griffey, activated from the disabled list Tuesday, played right field instead of center against the Giants. Manager Dave Miley had planned to keep Griffey in right field through this weekend’s games in Colorado.

“It’s just less ground to cover,” Miley said. “We’ll let him get his feet on the ground.”

Griffey, in the midst of a resurgent All-Star season in which he has hit his 500th career homer, didn’t mind changing positions. He’s batting .251 with 20 homers and 60 RBIs.

“I want one of those scooters to ride out there on,” Griffey said with a grin.

On Wednesday, Adam Dunn hit two homers and Felipe Lopez added a go-ahead two-run shot in the sixth for the Reds, who won for just the second time in 13 games. For the Reds to win back-to-back games for the first time since July 19-20, they will have to find a way to beat nemesis Kirk Rueter. The veteran left-hander is 11-1 with a 2.75 ERA in 16 career games against Cincinnati.

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10-9 Record 9-12
4.86 ERA 4.73
125 K 56
53 BB 66
1.43 WHIP 1.53