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A week early, Cal Ripken put on an All-Star performance.

Ripken celebrated his election for a 17th All-Star game appearance with his 1,000th career extra-base hit, and the Baltimore Orioles beat the 100-degree heat and the New York Yankees 9-1 Monday night.

Ripken hit his 395th home run and a double to reach the extra-base milestone. He tied former Orioles Hall of Famer Frank Robinson for 27th place on the career hits list with 2,943, and also passed former teammate and current coach Eddie Murray for 15th with 561 doubles.

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  • "All those extra things are nice when you win," said Ripken, batting .310 a month shy of his 39th birthday. "What I feel really good about is walking out of Yankee Stadium after salvaging a split in this series."

    B.J. Surhoff, hoping to get picked for his first All-Star game, hit his 20th homer, singled twice and drove in four runs. He also made an outstanding catch in left field to preserve a 4-1 lead in the sixth.

    "I have a strange feeling I'll be seeing him next week," said Yankees manager Joe Torre, who will help select the reserves and manage the AL team next Tuesday night at Fenway Park.

    Mike Mussina (10-4) improved to 4-8 lifetime against New York. The Orioles won their second straight over the Yankees following a 10-game losing streak overall.

    Mussina overcame the flu, which almost caused him to pass out during warmups. He retreated to the clubhouse every inning to get refreshed by the air conditioning.

    "I can't say I've gone out there when it's been this hot. Eventually, it wore me out," Mussina said. "This is beyond warm. People were just sitting in the stands, getting worn out watching the game."

    Andy Pettitte (5-7) dropped to 9-2 lifetime against Baltimore. The Yankees lost for the third time in 13 games.

    "I don't feel real good, in sync," Pettitte said. "I'm battling right now."

    Derek Jeter, overtaken by Boston's Nomar Garciaparra in fan voting for the starting AL shortstop spot in the All-Star game, went 0-for-4 and ended hi 14-game hitting streak. It was just the second time in his 79 games he failed to reach base.

    The muggy evening took its toll on most everyone at Yankee Stadium.

    Umpires sipped on water bottles in-between innings. The crew did not include Greg Kosc, forced to leave Sunday's game because of heat exhaustion and later hospitalized.

    Kosc, sent home for further tests and expected to be out for a few days, was not in the umpires' locker room when Yankees catcher Jorge Posada visited. Posada apologized to crew chief Larry Barnett for saying umpires were "not in shape" after Kosc's early exit.

    Players on both benches wrapped themselves in towels trying to keep cool and dry, and only a handful of Orioles got up to greet Mussina in the dugout when he walked off in the sixth inning.

    Many in the crowd of 29,934 fanned themselves throughout the humid evening. Those in the premium field box seats took pink menu sheets, usually used to order food and beverages, to do the trick.

    Ripken homered in the seventh and Surhoff hit a three-run shot to dead center in the eighth.

    Surhoff, batting .342, said he was not concerned about impressing Torre to enhance his All-Star chances.

    "I wasn't thinking about that at all," he said. "If it works out, good."

    Notes:

  • Posada did not play. Joe Girardi is Pettitte's regular catcher.
  • Bill Miller, a regular umpire in the Pacific Coast League, took Kosc's place.
  • Bernie Williams extended his hitting streak to 16 games.
  • Yankees OF Shane Spencer's heartbeat has returned to normal. Put on the disabled list Saturday because of an irregular heartbeat, he remains in the hospital.
  • Baltimore is 3-7 against the Yankees this year.

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