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Griffey disputes snooze allegation

BALTIMORE — Ken Griffey insisted Tuesday he was available to pinch-hit during a recent Mariners game, in spite of a report that he was taking a nap.

Quoting two Mariners who spoke anonymously, the News Tribune of Tacoma, Wash., wrote that Griffey was asleep in the clubhouse during Saturday's game against the Angels, leaving manager Don Wakamatsu scrambling to get someone else to hit.

"I'm available all the time," Griffey said. "There are some issues that are not true in that situation.

"I can't win this and I'm not trying to. There are some things that are not accurate. I'll leave it at that."

Wakamatsu backed up Griffey's assertion.

"He wasn't asleep. He was available to pinch-hit and I chose not to use him as the manager," Wakamatsu said, adding that Griffey was in the dugout at the time.

Griffey was vague in his denial. Asked if he were asleep during the game, he waited and stared for several seconds, then said, "Anything else you want to ask?"

He seemed more interested in finding out which of his teammates said he was sleeping on the job.

"I'm just hoping that whoever said it will be man enough to come to me," he said.

SERIES MOVED: Global politics has upstaged baseball in Toronto.

Commissioner Bud Selig announced that the Phillies-Blue Jays series scheduled for June 25-27 will be played in Philadelphia because of the G20 Summit.

The three-game series will be relocated from Toronto's Rogers Centre to Citizens Bank Park because of security issues for the G20 Summit. World leaders will gather at a convention center near the Toronto ballpark.

The game would have been ace RHP Roy Halladay's first return visit after he was traded to the Phillies in the offseason. The rescheduled games will be considered home games for the Blue Jays.

OFFICER ACQUITTED: A Houston-area police officer was acquitted of shooting a minor-leaguer who he mistakenly believed was armed and in a stolen vehicle. Jurors deliberated for nearly four hours before finding Bellaire police Sgt. Jeffrey Cotton not guilty of aggravated assault by a public servant for the 2008 shooting that injured Robert Tolan, son of former major-leaguer Bobby Tolan. Robert Tolan was shot in the chest, ending his career.

BECKETT SCRATCHED AGAIN: Red Sox manager Terry Francona said RHP Josh Beckett will probably miss Friday's start because back spasms kept him from his usual off-day workout. Beckett had already been pushed back from tonight. In other Red Sox news, CF Mike Cameron, recovering from a lower abdominal strain, was 1-for-3 in his second rehab game for Triple-A Pawtucket.

GLAVINE HONORED: The Braves will induct LHP Tom Glavine, a two-time Cy Young Award winner, into their Hall of Fame and retire his No. 47 on Aug. 6 before a home game against the Giants. In other Braves news, 3B Chipper Jones was scratched with a sore groin.

ASTROS: CF Michael Bourn was suspended two games for making contact with umpire Alfonso Marquez during Saturday's game against the Padres. Bourn appealed and was in the lineup against the Cardinals.

BREWERS: CF Carlos Gomez, who hadn't played since May 5 because of a strained left rotator cuff, was placed on the 15-day disabled list. … LF Ryan Braun's bruised left elbow kept him out of the lineup against the Braves. Braun was hit by a pitch on the elbow Monday night.

PADRES: RHP Kevin Correia was placed on the bereavement list three days after his brother, Trevor Brent Correia, 22, died from a fall off a 60-foot cliff while hiking. RHP Adam Russell was recalled from Triple-A Portland. … RHP Tim Stauffer had an emergency appendectomy and is out indefinitely.

PHILLIES: Closer Brad Lidge, who has made four appearances since coming off the disabled list, felt stiffness in his surgically repaired right elbow and is day to day. … SS Jimmy Rollins is expected to be activated from the disabled list during a homestand that begins Monday. He has been out since April 14 with a right calf strain.

ROCKIES: LHP Franklin Morales went on the 15-day disabled list with weakness in his left shoulder.

TWINS: Joe Mauer was in the lineup at catcher for the first time since injuring his heel on April 30. The AL MVP missed eight games with a deep bruise in his left heel. He got his first start Sunday when he was DH against the Orioles. … SS J.J. Hardy went on the 15-day disabled list with a bruised left wrist.

WHITE SOX: RHP Bobby Jenks is no longer the full-time closer. Manager Ozzie Guillen said he will choose based on matchups for now while Jenks, who has a 6.75 ERA, works through his struggles. … LH reliever Alan Embree, let go this month by the Red Sox, signed a minor-league deal and was assigned to Triple-A Charlotte.

Griffey disputes snooze allegation 05/11/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, May 11, 2010 11:15pm]
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