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Regan delays Ripken day off for another few years


Orioles manager Phil Regan, clarifying his controversial suggestion Sunday that Cal Ripken should take a day off, said yesterday that he would not make the decision for him.

"I didn't say I'm going to give Cal Ripken a day off," Regan said. "I'm not going to sit him down unless, like Lou Gehrig, Cal decides he needs a day off."

Regan, before Sunday's game, suggested that Ripken would benefit offensively from a day off.

"I think probably a lot of people will disagree with me," Regan said Sunday. "I think as Cal goes on, it would help him to take a day off. Not before the sixth [of September], though."

Yesterday Regan said he meant eventually, like when the 35-year-old Ripken is 38, 39 or 40.

Bonilla helps the cause

Orioles outfielder Bobby Bonilla bought two of the $5,000 on-field seats for tomorrow's game, with the money going to Johns Hopkins University to research neuromuscular diseases, including amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly called Lou Gehrig's disease.

Teammate Rafael Palmeiro would like the seats to go to him.

"I'll sit down there in between innings," Palmeiro said.

Ripken 1-for-2 on parades

Ripken will not be appearing at tomorrow's parade in his hometown of Aberdeen at 6 p.m. The Orioles will be flying to Cleveland at that time, said assistant public relations director Bill Stetka.

Ripken, however, will appear with his teammates at tomorrow's downtown parade at noon.

Players gather mementos

Many of the Orioles have determined what mementos they will take with them from the record-setting game tonight.

Pitcher Mike Mussina will wear a new cap and spikes and pack them away.

Leo Gomez has asked his wife to save the two tickets from last night and tonight, with plans to frame them. "I'm going to get [Ripken] to sign them, too," Gomez said.

Doug Jones said he may save some newspaper clippings. "That depends on what you guys write," he said,

Chris Hoiles has never asked Ripken for an autograph, but he says he will request Ripken to sign a bat or a ball or one of the bats that makes up one of his ceiling fans.

"I have so much respect for him," Hoiles said. "You'd be crazy if you didn't, don't you think?"

A teammate's perspective

Brady Anderson, who has played with Ripken for eight seasons, started fielding questions about the streak from opposing players midway through the 1988 season.

"[Boston Red Sox outfielder] Dwight Evans walked up to me and wanted to know about Cal," Anderson said. "He said, 'What is it with this guy? He's obsessed with this thing.' Dwight's perception isn't really accurate."

Evans learned what Ripken was really about when he joined the Orioles in 1991, Anderson said. It affected Evans. And it affected Anderson.

"I probably didn't want to play as much every day as I do now," Anderson said.

Around the horn

Gomez will have surgery on his right ankle tomorrow for removal of a broken bone that has sidelined him since early August. Gomez, out for the year, hit .236 with four homers and 12 RBIs. . . . Rookie center fielder Curtis Goodwin, coming back from a mashed left index finger, looked good in batting practice, and Regan said he's available for pinch hitting. . . . Ben McDonald will makes his second rehabilitation start tomorrow for Triple-A Rochester.

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