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* CUBS: First baseman Mark Grace was not in the starting lineup for a fifth straight game because of a strained hamstring. Grace pinch hit Wednesday and when he had to run out a play the leg stiffened again.

DODGERS: Ramon Martinez withdrew his appeal of a five-game suspension and will not be eligible to pitch until after the All-Star break. Martinez was suspended for throwing at and hitting Charlie Hayes of the Rockies, triggering a bench-clearing brawl June 15 at Colorado. The suspension took effect yesterday. . . . Kevin Gross is 14-11 lifetime against the Mets. . . . The Dodgers began wearing a patch on their right sleeve in memory of Hall of Famers Roy Campanella and Don Drysdale.

MARLINS: Pitcher Pat Rapp's start was his first in the majors since July 1992 for San Francisco.

METS: The team announced that Joe McIlvaine signed a two-year contract as executive vice president of baseball operations. McIlvaine, who had been with the Mets for 10 years before becoming general manager of the Padres on Oct. 2, 1990, left San Diego last month when ownership ordered him to start trading high-priced players.

PHILLIES: Pitcher Terry Mulholland said he will be at the All-Star Game, after all. Mulholland, who was selected yesterday for the NL team, earlier said he would decline the honor to keep a long-standing promise to his son, Tyler. Mulholland later changed his mind. "About a month ago I made a promise to my son that I would spend the All-Star break with him. . . . I was fully prepared to do that regardless of whether I was named to the All-Star team or not. But today a lot of people indicated that they would be very disappointed if I didn't go to the All-Star Game, namely my teammates, my father and my son."

REDS: Pitcher John Smiley, on the disabled list with a bone spur in his left elbow, will undergo a CT scan to better indicate the extent of his injury. . . . The Reds said they completed cultural diversity training yesterday. Reds officials have been meeting regularly with a coalition of black and Jewish groups since November. Reds spokesman Jon Braude said owner Marge Schott and general manager Jim Bowden both attended the sessions, which began May 17.

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