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TORONTO -- As the Most Valuable Player in the 1991 All-Star Game, Cal Ripken was left with a handsome trophy -- and a decision to make.

Ripken has to pick a charity to receive a new van, which will bdonated in his name. He was asked if he had decided where it would go.

"No," he said, "that's something I want to talk over with KellyThat's a wife decision, too."

Then, Ripken paused and asked:

"Do you have any suggestions?"

With the various charities with which he's associated, Ripkehardly needs any suggestions on this one.

* 300 CLUB FOR RELIEVERS: Rolaids, the patron sponsor orelief pitchers for the last 16 years, is trying to put relievers on the save level as starting pitchers.

The company announced during the All-Star festivities that it haformed a 300 Save Club. Currently there are four relievers in major-league history who qualify. Rollie Fingers is the leader with 341, followed by Jeff Reardon, the active leader with 308, Rich Gossage (307) and Bruce Sutter (300).

* THE ALOMAR BROTHERS: Sandy Jr. and Roberto Alomar were the fourth brother combination to start for the same team in an All-Star Game.

Previously Walker and Mort Cooper (1942-43), and Harry and Dixie Walker (1947) started for the National League, and Joe and Dom DiMaggio (1949) did it for the American League. The Alomars, who played in last year's game, although Roberto then was with the NL Padres, are the seventh brother combination to appear in the same All-Star Game.

* ALL-STAR TAIL-ENDERS: Ryne Sandberg's third-inning double was the NL's first All-Star extra-base hit since Tim Raines' game-winning triple in the 13th inning of the 1987 game. Andre Dawson's home run in the fourth inning was the first for the NL since 1984 -- a span of 61 innings and 223 at-bats.

The National League's first-inning run broke a string of 1straight scoreless innings in All-Star competition. The NL's three hits in that inning was one more than it registered in last year's 2-0 loss to the AL.

Will Clark is the first member of the San Francisco Giants to plain four straight All-Star games since Willie Mays (1961-66). Ken Griffey Jr. (21 years, seven months, 20 days) was the youngest All-Star for the second straight year.

Before Cal Ripken connected last night, Ken Singleton was thlast Oriole to hit a home run in an All-Star Game (off Tom Seaver in 1981). The only other Orioles to homer in All-Star competition were Brooks Robinson (against Ferguson Jenkins in 1967) and Frank Robinson (off Dock Ellis in 1971). Ironic note: Both Ripken, who hit his home run off ex-Oriole Dennis Martinez, and Singleton victimized former teammates.

A total of 50 players have been selected to both the AL and NAll-Star teams. Roberto Alomar, George Bell, Rafael Palmeiro and Eddie Murray joined the group this year.

At the age of 43 years, six months Carlton Fisk is the oldesplayer to hit safely in an All-Star Game. Previously Ted Williams, who was 41 years, 10 months when he played in 1960, was the oldest to get a hit.

Last night's attendance of 52,383 was the SkyDome's largesbaseball crowd.

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