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Costs soar to watch game

A typical family of four will spend on average $76.22 at a major-league baseball game during the 1991 season, a 6.3 percent increase over last year, according to a Team Marketing Report survey done for the league. The "Fan Cost Index" covers the cost of four game tickets, two draft beers, four hot dogs, four soft drinks, two souvenir mesh baseball caps, two game programs and parking.

"But baseball is still a bargain for a family when compared to the costs of attending other major professional sports," said Alan Friedman, editor of the report.

The cost for a family has risen 72 percent from 1980, outpacing the government's Consumer Price Index rise of 58 percent during 1980 to 1990, Friedman said.

The average ticket price for the 1991 season is $8.34, up 71 cents, or about 9 percent, from last season. That's also double the price from 1980, when the average ticket cost $4.32.

An evening at Toronto's SkyDome watching the Blue Jays will lighten your wallet the most _ $93.29.

Cheering the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium provides the best deal at $64.52, the report said.

Alomar ready for injury rehab

CLEVELAND _ Cleveland catcher Sandy Alomar will report to the team's Class AAA Colorado Springs affiliate today to begin a 20-day rehabilitation assignment.

Alomar has been on the disabled list since May 15 with inflammation and irritation of the right rotator cuff. The shoulder had been bothering him since spring training, but he did not inform the team until May because he wanted to continue playing.

Alomar will be joined in Colorado Springs by Albert Belle. Belle, who leads the Indians with nine home runs and 27 RBI, was demoted Thursday after he loafed to first on a ground ball during Thursday night's 2-1 loss to Chicago.

"He not only embarrassed himself, he embarrassed the club and he embarrassed everybody in the organization by doing that," manager John McNamara said.

Last year, Belle spent 10 weeks in an alcoholism rehabilitation program in Cleveland after he damaged a lavatory in the clubhouse at Colorado Springs during a fit of anger. He has had a reputation for moodiness and temper tantrums since his days at Louisiana State.

Around the bases

Otis Nixon of Atlanta was suspended for four games and Wally Ritchie of Philadelphia for one game as the result of their brawl in Tuesday night's game between the teams, set off when Ritchie hit Nixon with a pitch.

University of South Florida junior outfielder/pitcher Mark Hubbard, a third-round pick of the New York Yankees on Monday, has signed and will report this weekend to New York's Class A club in Oneota, N.Y. Chad Zerbe of Gaither signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers Thursday. The 16th-round draft pick will report to Vero Beach today.

_ Compiled from Associated Press reports.

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