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Baseball Notes | Griffey swats 567th home run

Baseball Notable Ken Griffey Jr. hit his 567th home run last night, a shot off the Colorado Rockies' Jason Hirsch that moved the Cincinnati Red closer to ninth place on the career list. He is two behind Rafael Palmeiro.

Baseball Notable

Ken Griffey Jr.

hit his 567th home run last night, a shot off the Colorado Rockies'

Jason Hirsch

that moved the Cincinnati Red closer to ninth place on the career list. He is two behind

Rafael Palmeiro

.

The Oakland Athletics placed designated hitter Mike Piazza on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained shoulder that resulted from his collision with Boston's Mike Lowell two days ago.

Brian McCann returned to the Atlanta Braves' lineup after sitting out a game with a sore hand, and, in an astonishing repeat, was called for catcher's interference in the top of the second - the same play that forced him out of a game against the Phillies on Tuesday night with a bruised ring finger on his left hand.

Baltimore Orioles lefthander Adam Loewen will be sidelined for much of the season with a stress fracture in his pitching elbow, a rare injury that further decimates a starting rotation already in disarray. Loewen was placed on the 15-day disabled list.

New York Yankees manager Joe Torre raised the possibility that Carl Pavano would need surgery, and general manager Brian Cashman conceded that the oft-injured pitcher had been a bust since signing a four-year, $39.95 million contract. Pavano has missed most of the last two seasons because of shoulder, back, buttocks, elbow and rib injuries.

- Inquirer wire services