Chicago Cubs defeat Houston Astros, 8-3

HOUSTON -- Carlos Zambrano, Kosuke Fukudome and even Carlos Silva have given Cubs general manager Jim Hendry an opportunity this winter he hasn't had in years: to sell high.

Looking ahead at 2011 and the start of a roster/payroll paradigm shift, Hendry is expected to try to move at least one or two of those hefty contracts -- and might look into the potential trade markets for all three.

It might be the only way to gain any significant flexibility in a 2011 payroll c...

HOUSTON -- Despite suffering the worst injury caused by them yet, Cubs rookie Tyler Colvin said he's against a ban on controversial maple bats in Major League Baseball and plans to continue using one.

Colvin, who suffered a collapsed lung two weeks ago today when speared with the broken end of a teammate's bat while running the bases, spoke publicly Saturday for the first time since then, via conference call with beat reporters.

''I can't say much about [the maple co...