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Chicago Cubs

Site: Wrigley Field

Manager: Dusty Baker

Record: 86-72 heading into Thursday’s night game, first place in NL Central

Player to watch: Outfielder Sammy Sosa has 37 home runs and 98 RBI.

Probable starters: Today, RHP Josh Fogg (10-8, 5.23 ERA) vs. RHP Mark Prior (17-6, 2.42), 3:20 p.m.; Saturday, RHP Ryan Vogelsong (2-1, 4.79 ERA) vs. RHP Matt Clement (13-12, 4.22), 4:05 p.m.; Sunday, RHP Kip Wells (9-9, 3.29 ERA) vs. RHP Kerry Wood (14-11, 3.20), 2:20 p.m.

TV/Radio: None of the three games will be televised by Fox Sports Net Pittsburgh. All three games will be broadcast by KDKA-AM (1020).

Notes: The Cubs are 8-7 against the Pirates this year. They also are 17-6 this month and looking to clinch their first division title since 1989. … Sosa’s homer Wednesday night was the 536th of his career, tying him with Mickey Mantle for 10th place on the all-time list. … The Cubs have four 13-game winners (Clement, Prior, Wood and Carlos Zambrano) for the first time since 1945. … The Cubs will retire Ron Santo’s No. 10 before the game Sunday. He will join Ernie Banks (14) and Billy Williams (26) as the only Cubs players to have their numbers retired.


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