Chicago Cubs defeat Milwaukee Brewers, 9-4

Derrek Lee hit his 300th homer, Marlon Byrd and Geovany Soto each connected twice and the Chicago Cubs showed some surprising pop to power past the Milwaukee Brewers 9-4 on Wednesday night.

Chicago's five homers marked its biggest outburst this season and were more than the Cubs hit in the previous nine games combined.

All the offense helped starter Carlos Zambrano (2-4) win his first game since returning to the rotation and overshadowed the fact that he wasn't very ...

Pitching performances such as this were supposed to cease with the release of Jeff Suppan.

Left-hander Randy Wolf's troubling season continued Wednesday night with a bombs-away performance against the Chicago Cubs, who tattooed him for five home runs in 4 2/3 innings in a 9-4 victory at Miller Park.

Wolf allowed two home runs apiece to Cubs centerfielder Marlon Byrd and catcher Geovany Soto. He was driven from the game in a three-homer barrage in the fifth inning, in...

Deciding it made no sense to delay the inevitable, Brewers catcher Gregg Zaun decided to have season-ending shoulder surgery.

Zaun, 39, will have surgery Tuesday in Cincinnati to repair a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder. The arthroscopic procedure will be performed by Reds team doctor Timothy Kremchek, who operated on Zaun's elbow two years ago.

In essence, the decision ends Zaun's career with the Brewers. The recovery period is expected to be four to six months...

MILWAUKEE -- One by one, two by two, and in one case five at a time, Cubs hitters were summoned to manager Lou Piniella's office Wednesday afternoon at Miller Park.

The meetings were short and not necessarily sweet. The message from a fed-up manager clear.

''We're going to play the people that deserve to play. That's it, period, in a nutshell,'' Piniella said before the hitters responded with a rare show of firepower to beat Randy Wolf and the Milwaukee Brewers 9-4.
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