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Jon Lieber

Oriole's home run helps propel AL, 4-1

Oriole's home run helps propel AL, 4-1

SEATTLE - Perhaps everyone should have known that Cal Ripken would not go quietly into retirement. He has risen to the occasion time after time, so why would his last All-Star Game be any different? Ripken came to Safeco Field to take his final All-Star bow last night and left with another magic Ripken moment, breaking a scoreless tie with a third-inning home run that helped the American League score a 4-1 victory over the National League. Baseball isn't usually about perfection, but how much closer can you get? Perfect weather. Perfect outcome. Perfect sendoff. Ripken's second career All-Star home run ignited a three-homer attack that carried the AL to its fifth consecutive...