Texas Rangers defeat Chicago Cubs, 2-1

ARLINGTON, Texas -- You can take the National League out of the Cubs, but you apparently can't take the Cubs out of the, uh, Cubs.

Put them in one of the best hitting parks, in the better hitting league and give them an extra hitter in the lineup, and what do you get?

Just a different version of the seasonlong riddle for a team that provided a familiar answer Friday night, when they scored one run against the Texas Rangers and lost yet another one-run game, this time...

ARLINGTON, Texas -- It's not like Bob Howry is in his 40s, or injured. But it's not like he did anything on the mound to inspire confidence before getting released by the Arizona Diamondbacks, either.

Bottom line is, the big right-hander is back with the Cubs because of the team's almost desperate need for bullpen help and Howry's belief that his hometown Diamondbacks are wrong.

''If I didn't think I could pitch, I wouldn't come back,'' said Howry, 36, who rejoined t...