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All-Stars get extra cash for making team

NEW YORK -- For Curt Schilling, starting next week's All-Star game would be a bonus -- a $50,000 bonus.

The Boston pitcher would receive that amount if American League manager Joe Torre selects him to start against the National League in Houston on July 13, according to a survey of contracts by The Associated Press.

"Maybe I could split it with him," Torre said Monday with a
playful smirk.

Oakland's Mark Mulder, 11-2 with a 2.95 ERA, remains the most likely AL starter, with Houston's Roger Clemens the probable
starter for the NL.

Schilling, 11-4 with a 3.08 ERA, already is a winner at the bank for making the AL All-Star team.

Under the contract he personally negotiated last November when he was traded from Arizona to Boston, Schilling receives a $100,000 bonus for his selection to the AL squad. The deal calls for the six-time All-Star to receive an additional $50,000 if he starts the
game.

"I'm sorry you told me that," Torre, the New York Yankees
manager, told a reporter Monday. "I never like to know a player's
incentives."

Schilling, who receives a $12 million salary this year, has many incentive clauses in his deal, including one that would raise his
2005 salary from $12.5 million to $14.5 million if the Red Sox win
the World Series. Boston, which was off Monday, is 43-37, beginning the night 7½ games behind the Yankees in the AL East.

Cincinnati first baseman Sean Casey, who will miss the All-Star game because of a strained right calf, had a vested interest in his
selection. Casey's contract calls for the Reds' $8.5 million 2006
option to become guaranteed if he becomes an All-Star twice from
2002-05. If he is an All-Star next year, that would trigger the
clause.

In all, 43 players earned $2.05 million in bonuses. Six players
will receive $100,000 each: San Francisco's Barry Bonds, Anaheim's
Vladimir Guerrero, the Yankees' Alex Rodriguez, Detroit's Ivan Rodriguez, Cleveland's C.C. Sabathia and Schilling.

Among the original picks for last year's All-Star game, 47
players received $2.25 million in bonuses.