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Griffey's mother undergoing surgery; father also ill

Updated: August 17, 2006, 5:07 PM ET
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ST. LOUIS -- Cincinnati Reds outfielder Ken Griffey Jr. is struggling at the plate -- batting nearly 50 points below his career average -- as both of his parents battle serious illnesses.

Ken Griffey Jr.

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2006 SEASON STATISTICS

GM HR RBI R OBP AVG

91 24 65 50 .302 .243

Griffey's mother was to undergo colon cancer surgery Thursday. Griffey decided to play in Thursday's game against ...

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