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Originally published July 19, 2007 at 12:00 AM | Page modified July 22, 2007 at 9:08 PM

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NL Wire Notes | Latest Junior achievement: 2,500 career hits

Thirteen innings passed between hits No. 2,500 and 2,501 for Ken Griffey Jr. No. 2,500 was historic ...iffey became the 84th player...

Thirteen innings passed between hits No. 2,500 and 2,501 for Ken Griffey Jr.

No. 2,500 was historic — Griffey became the 84th player to reach the mark — but No. 2,501 was more important. It put the go-ahead run at third base and put Griffey on base to score what turned out to be the winning run in Cincinnati's 5-4, 15-inning victory over Atlanta Wednesday.

It helped the Reds end a long day on a high note.

"At this point, it's good to win any game," said Griffey, whose Reds are 15 games under .500 despite going 8-3 in their past 11 games.

Griffey passed Frank Robinson on Monday night to move into sixth place on the home-run list. But Griffey isn't limping to any milestones.

In the Reds' past four games, he's 6 for 16 with a home run and six runs batted in. He's hitting .287 with 24 home runs and a team-leading 65 RBI.

"I was bound to get there sometime," the oft-injured Griffey said of hit No. 2,500. "But it was nice. The things I've been through over the years, I just don't take anything for granted. I appreciate everything that happens."

Arizona: LHP Randy Johnson, on the disabled list with a sore back, played catch Wednesday after a productive bullpen workout Tuesday.

Atlanta: Utilityman Julio Franco, who turns 49 next month, signed with the Braves a week after being cut by the Mets. The 24-year veteran has 2,576 career hits and is the oldest player to hit a major-league home run.

Chicago: 1B Derrek Lee dropped his appeal and began serving a five-game suspension for his role in a June 16 brawl with San Diego.

Cincinnati: OF Adam Dunn is thriving in the cleanup spot, hitting .324 (23 for 71) with nine homers and 19 RBI.

Colorado: The Rockies had lost all eight series they had played at PNC Park in Pittsburgh before sweeping the Pirates this week.


Florida: 2B Dan Uggla, batting .143 in July, was rested after playing all 94 previous games.

Houston: OF Lance Berkman, playing with his left hand taped, will have precautionary X-rays this week.

Los Angeles: C Russell Martin's 17th stolen base made him the first Dodgers catcher since Lew Ritter in 1904 with that many. ... The Dodgers purchased the contract of 42-year-old reliever Roberto Hernandez from AAA Las Vegas. He has 326 career saves.

Milwaukee: LHP Chris Capuano extended his winless stretch to 10 starts since May 7.

Philadelphia: OF Shane Victorino was caught stealing, snapping his streak of 26 thefts.

Pittsburgh: RHP Ian Snell, who gave up two homers against Colorado, accused the Rockies of stealing signs — the latest sign of frustration for the Pirates. Monday, television cameras caught SS Jack Wilson and pitching coach Jim Colburn in a shouting match in the dugout.

St. Louis: 3B Scott Rolen returned to St. Louis to have his sore shoulder examined by the team doctor.

San Diego: 2B Marcus Giles, hitting .191 since May 7, was benched for three games starting Wednesday night.

San Francisco: Moments after his second passed ball helped the Cubs take a 5-0 lead, C Guillermo Rodriguez left the game with dehydration and heat illness.

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