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Griffey Will Ease Into Mariners Games

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PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) - The only thing the Mariners can't limit
with Ken Griffey Jr. as he begins his return to Seattle is his
humor - already in midseason form.

Baseball's leading active home run hitter had his first practice
yesterday since signing a one-year contract with Seattle worth $2
million, plus incentives. His jokes were on his new Seattle
teammates, former teammates - just about anyone near him.

Griffey joked that he felt like he was on a high school
recruiting trip, as he was followed around yesterday at the M's
training camp in Arizona by a trainer, a doctor, Mariners CEO
Howard Lincoln, other team personnel and a half-dozen
photographers.

In his first batting practice with the Mariners in 10 years, he
cracked five home runs.

Seattle has intrasquad games today and tomorrow and opens
exhibition play Wednesday against San Diego in their annual charity
game. It's unlikely Griffey will play in any of those games, and
it's unclear when the 39-year-old slugger will be in the lineup.

When he does start playing, Griffey will initially be the
designated hitter, but he hopes to be Seattle's left fielder when
the season begins April 6 at Minnesota.

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