Maddux picks up 299th win

Wednesday, July 28, 2004

MILWAUKEE -- Greg Maddux moved within one win of No. 300, and Sammy Sosa homered and doubled in a run in the Chicago Cubs' 7-1 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday night.

Maddux will try to become the 22nd pitcher in major league history to win 300 games when he faces the Phillies at Wrigley Field on Sunday. He would be the first National Leaguer to accomplish the feat since Philadelphia's Steve Carlton on Sept. 23, 1983.

Maddux (10-7) gave up one earned run and four hits in a crisp, 79-pitch outing that lasted six innings. He walked one and struck out six in winning his third straight for the first time in more than a year.

Chicago's home game Friday in doubt

Chicago officials said Tuesday they want more information about netting the Chicago Cubs promised to install at Wrigley Field to protect fans from falling concrete before they decide if they'll let the team play at the historic ballpark Friday.

Cubs officials ordered the netting put up after three chunks of concrete fell from the undersides of the park's upper deck since June 9. No injuries have been reported.

The city asked Wrigley officials to conduct structural engineering inspections and report back to the city with findings and recommendations. The city expects to receive further details on the installation of the heavy mesh netting today.

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