Colorado (76-85) at Chicago (65-96)

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  • Game info: 2:20 pm EDT Sun Oct 1, 2006
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In what could be Dusty Baker’s last game as their manager, the Chicago Cubs finish off their disappointing season Sunday at Wrigley Field against the Colorado Rockies.

Chicago lost to the Rockies 11-9 in 14 innings on Saturday, falling one game behind Pittsburgh for the worst record in the NL.

“It’s been a difficult season on all of us,” Cubs (65-96) general manager Jim Hendry said. “I did tell (Baker) a long time ago he’d be here the rest of the year and that I would try to make my decision moving forward for the organization quickly after that. I don’t know any other way we could have handled it. We’ve always been up front with him.”

Hendry said Baker will find out Monday morning whether the organization wants him back.

Chicago has been decimated with injuries this season, losing Derrek Lee, Michael Barrett, Mark Prior and Kerry Wood for much of the year.

Baker, a three-time NL manager of the year, managed the Cubs to the NLCS his first season with the club in 2003. A year later, he became the first manager to lead Chicago to consecutive winning seasons since 1971-72, but the Cubs lost seven of their last nine games to blow their chances at the wild card and missed the playoffs by three games.

“He’s been involved in the game in a positive way for a long time,” Hendry said. “He’s got a great track record as a player. He’s been a good manager for a long time. And I hate to see a lot of the negativity in any way, shape or form. We’ve all had a hand in the bad season we’ve had.”

Wade Miller (0-2, 3.57 ERA) makes his fifth start of the season, still seeking his first win with Chicago when he takes the mound in the season finale.

After allowing four runs in three innings in his Cubs debut on Sept. 9, Miller has allowed just three runs in 14 2-3 innings over his last three starts.

Miller, who underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder last September, gave up three hits in five scoreless innings of a 5-4 loss to Cincinnati on Monday, and did not factor in the decision.

“I didn’t feel particularly that well,” the right-hander said. “I was able to go out there and get outs and that’s all I can ask for.”

Miller is 3-2 with a 4.42 ERA in six career starts against Colorado.

The Rockies (76-85) try to close the season with the first three-game sweep in franchise history at Wrigley Field.

Colorado will finish with its most wins since 2000, when it went 82-80.

All-Star left fielder Matt Holliday hit his 34th homer of the season on Saturday, and his sixth in his last 11 games.

Ubaldo Jimenez (0-0, 0.00) makes his first major league start in the Rockies’ season finale.

Jimenez made his major league debut on Tuesday, pitching a scoreless inning of relief against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

“We know his secondary pitches at times can be major league,” Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said. “We know his fastball velocity can be mid-90s. It all comes down to the ability to pitch and pitch consistently.”

The 22-year-old right-hander went 14-4 with a 3.80 ERA in 26 starts at Double-A Tulsa and Triple-A Colorado, striking out 150 in 151 2-3 innings.

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U. Jiménez BAL vs. W. Miller TOR
0-0 Record 0-2
3.52 ERA 4.57
3 K 20
3 BB 18
1.04 WHIP 1.71