Chicago Cubs defeat Houston Astros, 8-5

HOUSTON -- The Tyler Colvin Era started with a bang -- actually a lot of bangs.

Manager Lou Piniella no sooner inserted the hard-hitting rookie into the lineup as an everyday starter than Colvin responded with a double to left-center in his first at-bat and an upper-deck, two-run homer off Houston ace Roy Oswalt in the seventh.

Whether what happened in between was about the Colvin move, an inevitable breakout for the lineup or the exception that proves the rule, the ...

HOUSTON -- Don't be surprised if Tom Gorzelanny soon becomes the hottest name circulating during the mid-season trade rumor mill.

Sources say the Cubs have no immediate plans to trade the left-hander they acquired with John Grabow from Pittsburgh last July. But if the five pitchers currently in the Cubs' rotation stay healthy and pitch well between now and the July 31 non-waiver deadline, they may eventually decide to fill a need by trading the career starter they've al...