Open Thread: Cubs vs. Reds, Friday 6/9, 6:10 CT

This has nothing to do with tonight's game, but since it's my site, I wanted to mention it:

Twenty-five years ago yesterday, I reported for my first day of work at ABC-7. For those of you who weren't born then -- trust me on this: the time goes by in an instant.

Today's Starting Pitchers
Greg Maddux
G. Maddux
Cubs
vs. Elizardo Ramirez
E. Ramirez
Reds
6-5 W-L 2-4
4.77 ERA 3.95
42 SO 28
18 BB 13
5 HR 6
vs. Cin -- vs. Cubs
As noted in this diary, Kerry Wood is headed back to the DL. Carlos Marmol will start on Sunday. The way Wood threw the other night, this has to be an improvement.

Also, the Cubs have signed their seventh-round pick, shortstop Steve Clevenger from Chipola College in Florida, and also their eighth-round pick, RHP Billy Muldowney from the University of Pittsburgh. They'll report to camp in Arizona.

Meanwhile, there's a ballgame tonight. Maddux will be trying to break a tie for 13th place on the all-time wins list with Nolan Ryan and Don Sutton (324). Next up: Eddie Plank, who pitched for the Philadelphia A's in the first decade of the last century (326), and John Clarkson, a 19th-Century pitcher for four teams, among them the Cubs (who weren't called the Cubs then), with 328. Next guy that you've likely heard of -- Steve Carlton, 329.

The Cubs beat Ramirez on May 29 at Wrigley Field. That was Kerry Wood's only win so far this year.

Maddux is one of the few pitchers around who handles Adam Dunn pretty well -- 6-for-31, 8 strikeouts. Ken Griffey Jr. is 10-for-24, but might not play.

Discuss amongst yourselves.

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