Chicago Cubs defeat Milwaukee Brewers, 9-5

Chicago — When Milwaukee general manager Doug Melvin brought left-hander Doug Davis back to the Brewers as a free agent over the winter, he noted that Davis "is going to have some ugly games from time to time."

Davis is 2 for 2 in that category, which he figures is enough to last him for awhile.

"It's going to take a couple of good quality starts to make up for these two," Davis said Monday after getting cuffed around for seven hits and six runs in 3 1/3 innings in a...

Chicago — Ryan Braun's transition has been as smooth as an untouched eggshell.

From spring training through the first week of the season, the Milwaukee Brewers leftfielder has looked crisp and fluid. He is swinging the bat with his normal grace and the mechanics are as flawless as they can be seven games into the season.

Despite the Brewers dropping a forgettable first meeting with the Chicago Cubs, 9-5, Monday at Wrigley Field, Braun was solid.

He went 2 for 4 wi...

The Cubs aren't ready to punt on their bullpen just yet, but manager Lou Piniella said he'll start using lefty Sean Marshall as an eighth-inning setup guy, and will give rookie James Russell more responsibility as well.

``Marshall is a real nice option for us right now in the eighth inning, said Piniella, who watched rookie right-hander Esmailin Caridad and veteran John Grabow struggle in the eighth much of the first week.

``We can use him that way. He's throwing the...