Chicago Cubs defeat Oakland Athletics, 6-2

Cubs players can look at the horizon all they want, but no help is on the way this time around.

What reinforcements they're going to get to help undo all the wrong they've done during the first 2½ months of their season is here in the forms of prized prospects.

And general manager Jim Hendry backed what manager Lou Piniella has said already: Find the answers in the mirror. And quickly.

What was left conspicuously unsaid by Hendry on Wednesday was that changes of a...

Rudy Jaramillo can hear the critics. They're not hard to find, from the airwaves to the Internet and even to the bleachers when he heads to the batting cage in right field to work with Cubs hitters before the game.

''When I go to the cage at 6:30 with [Alfonso Soriano], I just kind of close my ears,'' said the Cubs' first-year hitting coach, who has taken increasing heat from fans and talking heads for this team's underperformance offensively.

4-6, 3.95 ERA