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-- Rijo Grand Cincinnati right-hander Jose Rijo...

April 28, 2002

*--* Rijo Grand Cincinnati right-hander Jose Rijo continued his amazing comeback Saturday, making his first start at Cinergy Field since 1995 and pitching six strong innings in the Reds' 8-4 victory over San Francisco. Rijo, who turns 37 on May 13, didn't pitch in the major leagues for five seasons because of arm trouble, undergoing elbow surgery five times. A look at his statistics since his comeback in 2001 and for his career, which started with the New York Yankees in 1984: IP H ER HR BB SO W-L ERA 2001-02 36 35 8 3 13 22 2-0 2.00 Career 1,820 1,640 636 136 652 1,580 113-87 3.15

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*--* RIVALRY RENEWED The Giants' Barry Bonds had a double in two at-bats Saturday against Rijo but has struggled against him in his career. In the 1990 National League championship series, Bonds, then with Pittsburgh, was held hitless in six at-bats by Rijo--in his third season with the Reds--and finished the series batting .167 with one RBI. The Reds went on to win the World Series, with Rijo winning two games and being selected most valuable player AB H 2B HR RBI BB SO BA Slg Bonds vs. Rijo* 37 8 3 1 3 8 11 216 378 *Not including postseason

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