Pittsburgh Pirates defeat Chicago Cubs, 2-1
PITTSBURGH -- Maybe it's time for a real shake-up in the Cubs' lineup.
Not the kind of tweaking and shuffling manager Lou Piniella has done with table-setters and secondary run producers while the Nos. 3 and 4 elephants in the room have continued to struggle.
After eking out only one run for the fourth time in five games -- and losing 2-1 to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday in the opener of an important road trip -- it might be time for the Cubs to move Derrek Lee an...
PITTSBURGH -- The Cubs wasted little time in getting their top pitching prospect to the big-league bullpen and into a game. And Andrew Cashner had even less sleep time leading up to his one-pitch debut in the eighth inning Monday against the Pirates.
The Cubs ushered in the Cashner Era on the strength of a 95-mph fastball that elicited an inning-ending pop-up from Ronny Cedeno and maybe a few visions of what the Cubs hope the kid can do for their evolving bullpen.