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Sabathia makes good in front of sell-out Miller Park crowd

C.C. Sabathia won his first start for the Milwaukee Brewers Tuesday night 7-3 over Colorado at Miller Park.

After being traded from Cleveland for four prospects, Sabathia threw six innings in front of a rare Tuesday night sell-out crowd of 42,000-plus. He gave up three runs on five hits, with five walks and five strikeouts.

Ryan Braun hit a three-run homer in the first inning to put Milwaukee in front for good.

The Rockies scored twice in the sixth inning to get within one, but the Brewers pulled away with three in the seventh.

Rickie Weeks had a double and two singles, and scored three times. Yorvit Torrealba drove in a pair for Colorado, which lost for just the second time in its last eight games.

Mark Redman took the loss, giving up four runs in five innings and slides to 2-4.

The Brewers kept pace in the National League Central, as the Cubs and Cardinals both won. Milwaukee remains four games away from the division lead and a half-game back for the National League Wild Card.

The Brewers and Rockies will play again tonight (Wednesday) with All-Star right-hander Ben Sheets going against former Brewers' left-hander Glendon Rusch.

Cubbies trade>

Brewers' General Manager Doug Melvin said he knew the Chicago Cubs would trade for pitching. And they did yesterday sending four players to Oakland for starter Rich Harden and reliever Chad Gaudin, both right-handers.

The Cubs gave up three players who split time between the Majors and Triple-"A" - right-hander Sean Gallagher, outfielder Matt Murton, and infielder Eric Patterson.

They also sent Class-"A" catcher Eric Patterson to the "A's."

Some observers thought the deal was a knee-jerk reaction to Milwaukee's big trade for C.C. Sabathia, but Cubs' General Manager Jim Hendry insisted he had informal talks for weeks about Harden.

Meanwhile, Brewers' owner Mark Attanasio said yesterday he would not rule out another deal before the July 31 non-waiver trading deadline.

Hart leads voting>

Milwaukee outfielder Corey Hart was still the leader at the halfway point of the fan voting for the final spot on the National League All-Star team.

As of Tuesday afternoon, Hart had a slim 10-percent lead over both David Wright of the Mets and third-place Pat Burrell of Philadelphia.

Aaron Rowand of San Francisco was next and ex-Brewer Carlos Lee of Houston remained in last.

The top-three National Leaguers each had over two-million votes, but baseball officials were not more specific.

The voting continues through 4 p.m. Thursday at Brewers.com and MLB.com.

After just two days, fans had cast a total of 21-million votes, just over two-million away from the four-day record set last year.

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