10/3 Extra bases

Ryan Dempster tied a career high with his 34th start, and fell one strikeout shy of his career best 209, which he set in 2000 with the Marlins.

* The Cubs bullpen finished on a strong note. The relievers did not give up a run in 28 consecutive innings.

* Sean Marshall appeared in his 80th game Sunday. It’s the eighth time a Cubs reliever has reached 80 outings in a season and the first time since Carlos Marmol had 82 outings in 2008.

* The Cubs finished in fifth place in the NL Central at 75-87.

— Carrie Muskat

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What follows comes from the Mets organization, why can’t the Ricketts take the same approach?? >>> “We are extremely disappointed in this year?s results and the failures of the past four seasons. We need to hire a new General Manager with a fresh perspective who will transform this club into a winner that we want and our fans deserve. We appreciate all that Omar and Jerry have done for the Organization and thank them for their time and effort. Changes like these are never easy, especially when you are dealing with people you like and respect.”

Minaya was hired by the Mets six years ago. He made big trades involving Mike Cameron, Carlos Delgado, John Maine, Angel Pagan, Oliver Perez, Xavier Nady, Heath Bell, Brian Bannister, Lastings Milledge, Johan Santana, and Jeff Francoeur. Minaya spent big bucks on Pedro Martinez, Carlos Beltran, Billy Wagner, Jason Bay, and Perez as free agents and also extended Santana, Jose Reyes, and David Wright. The Mets made one playoff appearance under Minaya, in 2006

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