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TOP THAT, MISS CLEO

AL manager Joe Torre, right, who seems to have Bobby Valentine's number, may have helped give his Yankees a cosmic advantage in the post-season when he beat Valentine's NL squad at the All-Star Game.

They say the All-Star Game is a meaningless exhibition, but in recent years it has proven a steady predictor of post-season success. Leagues that have won the game have produced eight of the past 11 World Series winners, not counting '94 when there was no Series:

YEAR ALL-STAR WINNER WORLD SERIES

1989 American, 5-3 A's (AL)

1990 American, 2-0 Reds (NL)

1991 American, 4-2 Twins (AL)

1992 American, 13-6 Jays (AL)

1993 American, 9-3 Jays (AL)

1994 National, 8-7 None

1995 National, 3-2 Braves (NL)

1996 National, 6-0 Yankees (AL)

1997 American, 3-1 Marlins (NL)

1998 American, 13-8 Yankees (AL)

1999 American, 4-1 Yankees (AL)

2000 American, 6-3 Yankees (AL)

2001 American, 4-1 ????

_ Compiled by Kevin Kelly.

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