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Ripken to sit _ after 2 innings

After six hits, seven RBI and two homers in his past two games, Cal Ripken Jr. will be rested today.

No, he won't sit out the whole game. Ripken will play the first two innings against the Indians, extending his streak of games to 1,735 and his career games-played total to 1,800. Then he'll go to the bench so the Baltimore Orioles can take a quick look at rookie shortstop Manny Alexander.

It will be the earliest Ripken has left a game during the streak, other than a first-inning ejection in 1987. The streak began in 1982, and Ripken could reach Lou Gehrig's mark of 2,130 consecutive games in 1995.

Ripken has started every game of the streak and has left early 42 times. Gehrig played less than a full game 48 times during his streak.

Tigers: Attorneys for fired team president Bo Schembechler said he is suing former owner Tom Monaghan for breach of contract.

Red Sox: Catcher Tony Pena has signed a contract extension through the 1993 season. Details were not released.

First baseman Carlos Quintana, who missed the season because of injuries sustained in an off-season car crash, has been cleared to play winter ball.

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