Houston Astros defeat Chicago Cubs, 6-3

HOUSTON -- As the Cubs got stranded on base again Sunday, the map to their elusive next World Series was getting another workover in a Mesa, Ariz., war room filled with Cubs scouting and player-development officials.

How the Cubs eventually reach that late-October destination probably has a lot more to do with the goings-on in that room leading up to the first round today of the June draft than it does anything manager Lou Piniella has squeezed out of the well-traveled,...