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Jordan here to test his HR power ALL-Star notebook


As if the American and National league rosters didn't offer enough for stargazers, a slew of celebrities will be at Camden Yards on Monday for a charity home run hitting contest.

Michael Jordan, Patrick Ewing, James Belushi, Bill Murray, Tom Selleck, Dan Marino, Florence Griffith Joyner, Denzel Washington and Ahmad Rashad are to compete in the Upper Deck Celebrity Home Run Challenge for Charity.

The contest will take place after the Heroes of Baseball %o old-timers game, with Jordan, Selleck and the others taking their swings against pitchers from the Heroes game from 1:24 to 2 p.m. Signs will be placed in the outfield, marking distances worth $100, $200 and $300, and a home run is worth $500.

The celebrity contest follows the same format as the All-Star Home Run Hitting Derby later Monday afternoon. The winner earns an additional $5,000, with all money going to a charity picked by the celebrities.

How to get there

People headed to All-Star events can leave the driving to professionals, thanks to an expanded transit schedule.

The Mass Transit Administration has added the following services to cope with the crowds downtown during the next four days:

* A Maryland Rail Commuter train is scheduled to wait until 30 minutes after tomorrow's 7 p.m. concert is over before departing Camden Yards for Washington's Union Station.

* On Sunday, the normally closed Metro system will be open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., light rail hours will be expanded to 8 a.m. to 11 p.m., and a MARC train will leave Union Station at 9 a.m. for StreetFest and FanFest.

* A MARC train will leave Union Station at 10:30 a.m. so fans can attend the All-Star Workout on Monday. Normal baseball service will be provided, but two express buses, the No. 310 from Columbia and the No. 160 from Essex, will not run.

* On Tuesday, park-and-ride buses will leave area lots at 5 p.m. because of the early opening of the ballpark for the All-Star Game.

The Maryland Department of Transportation is stationing some employees at selected locations to serve as transportation "ambassadors," advising persons unfamiliar with the public transit systems.

For more information, call the MTA at (410) 539-5000.

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