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MAJOR LEAGUE ALL-STAR GAME : Notebook : Plesac's Job Ends Quickly

July 13, 1988|BILL PLASCHKE | Times Staff Writer

Thirty players were first-time All-Stars Tuesday, the most since the inaugural game in 1933. . . . The Cincinnati Reds groundskeepers were dressed in tuxedos with tails, which looked fine except when they were raking and shoveling. . . . The Dodgers' Orel Hershiser, one of four National League pitchers who pitched Sunday, retired the side in the eighth inning. Hershiser, who threw only seven pitches, said he feels fresh enough to pitch Friday in Chicago, as scheduled. "If Tommy (Lasorda) still wants me to, I'm ready," Hershiser said. "I don't know the plans. I felt good tonight--for all seven pitches. "I've done this before (pitch an inning on one day of rest). It's just like throwing on the side. Actually, I think I threw more in the bullpen tonight than on the field." . . . Chicago Cubs All-Star pitcher Greg Maddux, who leads the National League in victories (15) and is second in earned-run average among starters (2.14), was asked if he was the league's best pitcher. "No way, I've just thrown the ball good for three months, not four or five years," Maddux said. "The best pitcher in baseball is Dwight Gooden, and everybody knows it." . . . Minnesota All-Star third baseman Gary Gaetti, talking about the increase in his batting average from .257 last season to .307 this season: "This year I'm swinging with both eyes open." . . . Baltimore Orioles shortstop Cal Ripken, age 27 and already in his sixth All-Star game, was asked if he felt old in his present young company: "These days I feel old just getting dressed," he said.

Times staff writers Ross Newhan and Sam McManis also contributed to this story.

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