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© St. Petersburg Times, published August 25, 2000


Griffey gets rest after spat with announcer

CINCINNATI -- Ken Griffey didn't do anything that could be questioned Thursday, a day after he bristled at an announcer's criticism.

Cincinnati manager Jack McKeon gave Griffey a day off as planned, his second this season. Griffey watched from the bench as the Reds beat the Phillies 8-3 Thursday.

The day off was unrelated to his blowup with Hall of Fame announcer Marty Brennaman before Wednesday night's game. Griffey repeated Thursday that he doesn't want to be known as someone who loafs.

"I'm not some person who wants to be treated as a superstar and won't go out and help the team," Griffey said. "That's not what I want to be known as -- a guy who doesn't want to play and is moody."

Brennaman declined to comment Thursday, saying he was disappointed that his clubhouse disagreement with Griffey had been reported.

Brennaman, known for his blunt assessments, sharply criticized Griffey on the air Sunday after Griffey failed to run hard on a single that might have been stretched to a double. Griffey rarely runs hard to first base.

After hearing about the comment secondhand, Griffey mentioned it to Brennaman in the clubhouse with reporters but no teammates present during batting practice Wednesday.

Griffey suggested he's been bothered by a sore hamstring, but Brennaman pointed out to him that he's run hard at other times.

The conversation grew heated and included profanities. Brennaman told Griffey he would continue to criticize him whenever Griffey gave less than his best effort.

ASTROS: Right-hander Jay Powell is scheduled for exploratory arthroscopic surgery on his pitching shoulder Tuesday. Powell, 28, went to the disabled list Aug. 17 after an MRI revealed inflammation and other problems. He received a second opinion this week in Birmingham, Ala., from Dr. James Andrews, who will perform the surgery.

DODGERS: Infielder-outfielder F.P. Santangelo was placed on the 15-day disabled list because of a torn ligament in his left thumb.

INDIANS: The team recalled infielder John McDonald from Triple-A Buffalo and sent utilityman Chan Perry, a former Florida player and the younger brother of former Devil Ray Herbert Perry, back to the Bisons. Cleveland also signed Sean Berry, who batted .152 in 32 games for Milwaukee this season, to a minor-league contract and assigned him to Buffalo.

TIGERS: The team signed 16-year-old Australian catcher Brad Wise to a minor-league contract. The 6-foot-1, 180-pound Wise batted .500 with 10 doubles, five home runs and 15 RBI during the recent under-16 Australian national tournament.

TWINS: Shortstop Cristian Guzman signed to a four-year contract through 2004 with a club option for a fifth season. Guzman, 22, is in his second season and is hitting .263 with eight home runs and 47 RBI in 124 games. He has been successful on 22 of his 30 base-stealing attempts this season.

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