Only Dibble challenge lacking on Ripken's special night


TORONTO -- It's hard to believe, but Cal Ripken did have one disappointment in the All-Star Game last night. When Cincinnati righthander Rob Dibble, reputedly the hardest thrower in the game, came in with two on and nobody out in the seventh inning, Ripken was the scheduled hitter.

But manager Tony La Russa decided to use all lefthanded hitters against Dibble, and sent switch-hitting Ozzie Guillen up to pinch-hit for Ripken.

"It would have been a challenge," Ripken said, when asked if he looked forward to facing Dibble. "I have never had a chance to face him and I was looking forward to the challenge."

Guillen's sacrifice bunt set up the final run of the game, which scored on a sacrifice fly by Harold Baines.

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