Chicago Cubs defeat Milwaukee Brewers, 12-2

The fact that Jeff Suppan is somehow generating news to the point that the Milwaukee Brewers-related portion of cyberspace is being exhausted in late April says pretty much everything you need to know about the situation.

This problem should've been resolved in spring training.

Had jobs been awarded on merit instead of W-2s and long-forgotten track records, Suppan would've quietly been taking his customary seat in the bullpen Sunday instead of answering questions abo...

It finally happened.

Jeff Suppan is out of the Milwaukee Brewers' starting rotation and was demoted to the bullpen.

General manager Doug Melvin and manager Ken Macha broke the news to Suppan on Sunday morning after his second ugly start of the season Friday.

In his two starts this year, Suppan is 0-1 with an 8.68 earned run average and virtually no signs of straightening himself out.

Left-hander Chris Narveson will take over Suppan's spot in the rotation starti...

A mere three days ago everything was different.

Spirits were high.

Losing three consecutive series early in the season was old news and a three-game romp of Pittsburgh was fresh in minds.

The starting pitching appeared to be getting better, and the hitters found a groove.

Those thoughts no longer existed by Sunday evening. A thorough beat down to complete a sweep in your own building will do that to any team.

Sound familiar?

Think way, way back to Thursda...

MILWAUKEE -- Maybe this outfield-rotation thing is going to work out, after all.

Not that Marlon Byrd liked getting a day off during a torrid week of hitting, but rookie Tyler Colvin kept his spot more than warm with a 3-for-4 day that fell a triple short of a cycle.

And even without the team's top hitter in the lineup, the Cubs pounded Milwaukee Brewers starter Dave Bush and the bullpen for season highs in hits (18), home runs (four) and runs in a 12-2 victory Sunda...

MILWAUKEE -- Derrek Lee hit a towering 445-foot home run, Ryan Theriot had five hits and the Chicago Cubs smacked four homers to complete a three-game sweep of the Milwaukee Brewers with a 12-2 win on Sunday.

Randy Wells (2-0) continued Chicago's string of strong starting pitching performances, allowing two runs in seven innings on the heels of wins by Ryan Dempster and Ted Lilly earlier in the series.

Everyone in the starting lineup had at least a single and Theriot...

MILWAUKEE -- Lou Piniella brings a new team home to Chicago today, a team that at least looks -- and acts -- like it's better equipped to win games than the team that left town eight days ago.

Forget all that hitting against the soft underbelly of Milwaukee Brewers pitching over the weekend. It's the big return of Ted Lilly to the rotation and the supersized jolt of Carlos Zambrano moving to the bullpen that's bringing the buzz to Wrigley Field for a seven-game homestan...