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MLB BOOTLEG: Does Junior want back to Seattle?
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(Seattle Post-Intelligencer) Laura Vecsey of the 'Attle P-I loads up the first scorched-earth rumor of the young season. The goods? Ken Griffey Jr. may be on his way back to Seattle. Junior, who's sidelined for at least the
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