CINCINNATI (AP) - Ken Griffey Junior hit his 599th career homer
today off Atlanta's Jair Jurrjens
The two-run shot that left him one away from an elite mark --
600 home runs.
Griffey's homer in the first inning was a breakthrough for the
Cincinnati Reds outfielder, who has been having trouble getting
those last few to 600.
He'll become the sixth to reach the mark -- joining Barry Bonds,
Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth, Willie Mays and Sammy Sosa.
The 38-year-old outfielder came into the season needing only
seven to get to 600. He hit No. 597 on April 23rd at Great American
Ball Park, where the club has been promoting his quest for 600.
Then, Griffey went 90 at-bats before getting his next homer, in
San Diego on May 22nd. It was the second-longest drought of his
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