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R. Martinez to miss All-Star Game


Ramon Martinez of the Los Angeles Dodgers strained his left hip during yesterday's 5-3 victory over the Atlanta Braves and will not pitch in tomorrow's All-Star Game.

Martinez, whose 12th victory tied him with the Atlanta Braves' Tom Glavine for the National League lead, was examined by Dr. Frank Jobe after leaving the game in the sixth inning and was ordered not to play tomorrow night. Martinez said he doesn't expect to miss any starts for the Dodgers.

Martinez hurt himself trying to reach Deion Sanders' roller to shortstop and felt his hip tighten. He pitched to three more batters, but felt pain each time he landed on his left leg.

The development may put Mike Morgan in the game. Morgan was angry when he was passed over by National League manager Lou Piniella despite a 9-5 record.

* RANGERS: Julio Franco was cleared of heart problems and given the go-ahead to play in the All-Star Game.

Cardiac specialist Dr. Charles Cramer of Arlington, Texas, said after performing two procedures that the second baseman's chest pains were caused, as believed Friday, by a combination of heat and caffeine.

* PIRATES: Club president Carl Barger, in line to become the chief executive of the expansion Florida Marlins, said he'll decide his baseball future in a few days.

Barger, a friend of Marlins owner H. Wayne Huizenga for 35 years, has been linked to the Marlins' presidency for weeks. An announcement could come as early as today.

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