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Injuries take glitter out of All-Star game

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ATLANTA — Just call it the All-Scar game.

The amazing list of All-Star casualties grew even longer Sunday, with Ken Griffey Jr., Barry Bonds, Cal Ripken, Mike Piazza and Greg Maddux becoming the latest to pull out because of injuries.

Mark McGwire, Pedro Martinez, Alex Rodriguez and Manny Ramirez previously were scratched from Tuesday night's game at Turner Field.

"We were looking at who we could've had if everybody was healthy and it looked like it could've been one of the best All-Star lineups of all-time," said Atlanta third baseman Chipper Jones, a starter. "It's disappointing."

With Cleveland second baseman Roberto Alomar also hurting — he was hit by a pitch below the right elbow Sunday — there's an injured All-Star at every position.

"They've been bugging me for a lineup the last few days," said NL manager Bobby Cox of the Braves, "but I just don't know who I can provide right now."

Cox once thought he'd have McGwire, Bonds and Griffey, the top three home run hitters in the league, plus Piazza in a power-packed order.

No longer. Now, the names of the no-shows are starting to overshadow the actual participants.