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Open Thread: Cubs vs. Indians, Tuesday 6/20, 6:05 CT

Greg Maddux has started 653 major league regular season games, which is 13th on the all-time list.

Tonight is his first-ever regular-season start against the Cleveland Indians (he did face them twice in the 1995 World Series). After tonight, the only team he will have not faced is the Royals. Jacobs Field will also become the 37th ballpark in which he has started a game.

Today's Starting Pitchers
Greg Maddux
G. Maddux
vs. Cliff Lee
C. Lee
7-6 W-L 5-5
4.82 ERA 5.04
45 SO 60
18 BB 23
7 HR 14
vs. Cle -- vs. Cubs
Maddux is also attempting to become the first pitcher to win twenty games in interleague play (he's 19-8 with a 3.53 ERA; Aaron Sele has also won 19 interleague games).

Lee burst on the scene last year with a stellar 18-5, 3.79 season, one of the biggest reasons the Tribe contended till the last week of the 2005 season. He has struggled this year; the 14 HR allowed are only 8 fewer than he gave up ALL of last year.

Having spend his four-year career with the Indians, Lee has never faced the Cubs, but Jacque Jones has homered off him. Jones had homered off last night's starter, Jason Johnson, too. It'd be nice if that trend continued.

Cubs catchers combined are 75-for-251 (.299) with 11 HR and 41 RBI -- not bad production for that spot. Too bad the rest of the lineup can't match that.

Finally, this won't affect the Cubs this year, but it was announced that "it still counts" -- the league that wins the All-Star Game will once again get home field in the World Series. Owners and players agreed to that today.

Discuss amongst yourselves.