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Cal Ripken Jr. can rest easy ...

Looks like he'll be keeping that streak thing for a little longer.

Milwaukee's Prince Fielder, who had been the active consecutive-games-played leader at 327, saw his streak end Monday because of the flu. Fielder was the only player in 2009 to appear in all 162 games.

He fell just shy of Ripken's mark of 2,632 consecutive games played.

The new leader is Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp at 188 and counting. Kemp, who turns 26 this month, is young and strong. He should be doing a celebratory lap around Dodger Stadium sometime in the 2026 baseball season.

Oh, and for those of you who just tuned in, this entry was typed with tongue placed firmly in cheek.

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