Atlanta Braves defeat Chicago Cubs, 16-5

ATLANTA -- Is it too late to get a refund on that $845 million?

After what the Ricketts family saw when they played hooky for their first Opening Day as Cubs owners, they might settle for a store credit.

Talk about historic moments for the franchise. In the first game of what promises to be generations of family ownership, the Cubs suffered their worst rout in 135 years of season openers.

Carlos Zambrano set a personal land-speed record in disintegration -- giving...

Alfredo Villasmil, a respected Venezuelan baseball writer for that nation's largest newspaper, recently spent a couple of days in Cubs camp checking in on Carlos Zambrano, as he does every spring.

But for the first time, after this visit, Villasmil said, ''I'm going to tell you something: This is El Toro's year. That's the man I met [as a minor-leaguer], when he was hungry.''

TODAYCubs (Carlos Zambrano) at Braves (Derek Lowe), 3:10 p.m., Ch. 26, 720-AM.

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