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Cubs aim to close Busch era with slam

Cubs aim to close Busch era with a slam

Greg Maddux and Mark Mulder met once this season on Aug. 11. In that game at Wrigley Field, Maddux went the distance and held the St. Louis Cardinals to four runs for an 11-4 Chicago Cubs win. Mulder lasted four innings, and it was his only loss since the All-Star break.

The two will meet again Wednesday in the series finale, and the Cubs' last game at old Busch Stadium.

Maddux is coming off a win against Pittsburgh, in which he lasted five-plus innings. He wasn't feeling well that day, yet gutted out the victory, and is four shy of posting his 18th consecutive 15-win season.

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The Cubs probably won't miss the old Busch. The team has an all-time record of 140-190 at the circular stadium.

Cubs manager Dusty Baker has seen plenty of ballparks pass, including Candlestick, Forbes Field, Connie Mack, Three Rivers and Fulton County Stadium.

"It just lets you know you're getting older and you can't stop progress," Baker said.

He did have a suggestion for the Cardinals regarding their new home.

"San Francisco was supposed to be a hitters' park and it's turned into a pitchers' park," Baker said. "You have to see where the prevailing winds come from. The people who know most about that are the construction workers who are there year round. That's who I asked when Pac Bell was built."

That's where the Cubs are headed after this series in St. Louis. It will be the last leg of this three-city, three time zone road trip.

Pitching matchup
CHC: RHP Greg Maddux
• 11-11, 4.41 ERA in 2005
• 1-0, 4.00 ERA vs. STL in 2005

STL: LHP Mark Mulder
• 15-6, 3.62 ERA in 2005
• 0-1, 15.75 ERA vs. CHC in 2005

Player to watch
Derrek Lee has a sore left shoulder and a sore right foot, but he might feel better when he sees Mulder on the mound. Lee is 8-for-9 lifetime against Mulder with one home run. Lee is getting close to becoming the first Cub ever with 100 runs scored, 100 RBIs, 40 doubles and 40 home runs.

Quotable
"It turned out well. They said everything looked good in there and they did what they had to do, they cleaned up what they had to clean up, and they said I should recover fine." -- Cubs pitcher Kerry Wood, who underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder Aug. 31, and began his rehab on Tuesday

On the Internet
 MLB.TV
 Gameday Audio
Gameday
Official game notes

On television
• STL: Fox Sports Net Midwest
• CHC: Comcast Sports Net

On radio
• STL: KMOX 1120 AM
• CHC: WGN 720 AM

Quick hits
Michael Barrett is 2-for-6 lifetime against Mulder, Nomar Garciaparra is 6-for-19, Jerry Hairston is 1-for-5, Matt Murton is 0-for-2, Neifi Perez is 6-for-17 and Todd Walker is 0-for-3. ... Einar Diaz is 3-for-7 against Maddux, Jim Edmonds is 4-for-18, Mark Grudzielanek is 17-for-50, John Mabry is 13-for-41, Albert Pujols is 7-for-18 with three home runs and Larry Walker is 20-for-73 with two home runs and 17 strikeouts. ... The Cubs have reached a combined home/road attendance of five million this year for the ninth time. They've also done so in 1993 and every year since 1998. Last year marked the first time the Cubs surpassed six million in home/road attendance.

On deck
• Thursday: at San Francisco, 9:15 p.m. CT
• Friday: at San Francisco, 9:15 p.m. CT
• Saturday: at San Francisco, 3:05 p.m. CT

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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