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NL notables

* Bob DuPuy, baseball's chief operating officer, rejected Philadelphia manager Larry Bowa's protest stemming from Florida's 8-7, 12-inning win Wednesday. Placido Polanco led off the ninth with a hit to left. The ball got stuck under the padding on the wall, prompting outfielder Jeff Conine to throw up his hands. Polanco circled the bases, but the umpires called it a ground-rule double and sent Polanco back to second. Bowa protested, saying Conine should have had to play the ball because it was clearly visible.

* Greg Maddux's span of 11 years, six months, and 22 days between wins in a Cub uniform is a team record. Ferguson Jenkins had gone eight years, six months, and 15 days between wins.

* Atlanta improved to 4-0 against Florida this season. The rest of the league is 1-11 against the defending world champions.

* The Reds' Adam Dunn needs two more homers to match Tony Perez's 1970 club record of 10 homers in April.