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Griffey’s sets April homer record

April 26, 1997

TORONTO (AP) _ Seattle’s Ken Griffey Jr. hit three home runs Friday night to set the major-league record for homers in April with 13.

Griffey’s second homer, a solo shot in the seventh off Roger Clemens, gave him 12 homers in April, breaking the record of 11 that he had tied earlier in the night and shared with Barry Bonds, Gary Sheffield, Brady Anderson, Willie Stargell, Graig Nettles, and Mike Schmidt.

In the eighth, Griffey connected for his 13th April homer, this one off reliever Mike Timlin. The major-league record for homers in one month is 18, set by Detroit’s Rudy York in August 1937.

Griffey hit a towering 449-foot homer off Clemens in the third inning and added a solo blast off the three-time Cy Young Award winner in the seventh.

His first homer landed in a private box in right field, nearly reaching the top level of SkyDome where only three homers have ever been hit.

Griffey is 21-for-50 in his career against Clemens, with five homers and 10 RBIs.

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