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Griffey will miss 5-7 days because of ailing hamstring

Ken Griffey, expected to be sidelined 5-7 days by a hamstring injury, dismissed speculation that he might not return if the Reds are out of playoff contention.

"It doesn't matter if we're eliminated or not," Griffey said Tuesday. "This is what I love to do."

Cincinnati entered Tuesday night's game against the Chicago Cubs nine games behind St. Louis in the NL Central.

Griffey partially tore his left hamstring Monday night when he crashed into Cubs catcher Joe Girardi while trying to score. The Reds star lay on the ground at home plate for several minutes, then was helped from the field.

An MRI exam disclosed the extent of the injury.

Griffey is batting .269 with 39 home runs and 117 RBIs, his fifth consecutive season with at least 100 RBI.

Griffey could be available for a series next week in San Francisco, depending on his rehabilitation.

"It depends on when I'm ready," Griffey said. "If it takes longer, it takes longer. I'll ride the bike and do whatever they tell me to do."

ASTROS: In its first season at Enron Field, Houston set a team record for home attendance, drawing 35,130 Monday to increase its season total to 2,728,739. The old mark of 2,706,017 was set last year.

BREWERS: Milwaukee purchased the contract of catcher Kevin Brown from Triple-A Indianapolis and moved pitcher Rocky Coppinger from the 15-day to the 60-day disabled list. With starting catcher Henry Blanco bothered by a right shoulder injury, the Brewers called up Brown.

REDS: Scott Williamson has two broken toes on his right foot and will miss at least one start, team physician Dr. Timothy Kremcheck said. Kremcheck said Williamson bumped the foot on a door at his home Monday night. Jack McKeon got his 280th win as Reds manager, moving into ninth on the club list.

WHITE SOX: James Baldwin wants to be ready for the post-season. That's why he won't rush back to join the rotation as he nurses a sore right shoulder. For the time being, he'll be a dugout cheerleader. "I'm getting a lot of treatment and a lot of rest. I think we'll be in the postseason regardless and I would be more helpful to the team then than going out there and trying to pitch now and get things right," the 14-game winner said.

YANKEES: David Cone was scheduled to start Friday night against Cleveland, returning to the rotation a week and a half after separating his left shoulder. Under the watchful eye of manager Joe Torre, the right-handed Cone threw in the bullpen before Tuesday night's game against Toronto. After the session, both seemed pleased. "I passed the test," Cone said.

INCAVIGLIA CITED: Former Texas Rangers outfielder Pete Incaviglia has been cited for assault by threat after a confrontation at his son's youth hockey game. According to a complaint filed by another parent, Incaviglia stood up and began shouting obscenities and threatening another child after a play involving his 10-year-old son last month at North Richland Hills, Texas. Larry Irving, spokesman for the police department, said Incaviglia, 36, was mailed a citation for the incident. He has the option to pay the fine or contest it in court. Incaviglia did not return calls Tuesday. A coach for his son's team said the incident was initiated when the coach from the other team told his players to hit. "(Incaviglia's son) was hit very hard in the back," said Eric Boyer. "Pete came over and in a very loud, aggressive manner said, "Get control of your players, and get control of them now.' The coach was so shaken that Pete, who is a good-sized man, yelled at him. He turned around and started yelling." Boyer says Incaviglia then helped his son off the ice.

DODGERS: Dave Hansen hit his seventh pinch-hit homer of the season, breaking a 68-year-old major-league record. Hansen's homer, his eighth of the season, broke Johnny Frederick's major-league record for pinch-hit home runs in a season. Frederick hit six pinch-hit home runs for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1932. Right-hander Ismael Valdes dropped an appeal of his six-game suspension and began serving it Tuesday, but it's possible he has made his last start. The Dodgers are contemplating keeping Eric Gagne and rookie Luke Prokopec in the rotation to prepare for next season. With Valdes eligible for free agency after the season, the club might place him in a long-relief role.

_ TIMES WIRES

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