St. Louis Cardinals defeat Chicago Cubs, 4-3

They say they still believe.

Maybe they have to.

But the reality is becoming more inescapable with every one-run loss on the pile, with every 12-inning and 11-inning home game they lose to division opponents when the margin for those kinds of losses disappeared sometime in June.

And if Sunday night's 4-3, 11-inning loss to the St. Louis Cardinals on a night they outlasted Chris Carpenter didn't make reality bite hard enough, then this week's road-trip countdown to th...

The market for Cubs left-hander Ted Lilly just got a lot hotter with Sunday's trade of Diamondbacks pitcher Dan Haren to the Angels.

The Angels weren't even considered one of the top pursuers of starting pitching.

Cubs officials downplayed the idea of any deals being close, much less imminent, but the clock is ticking fast on Lilly, who's scheduled to start Tuesday night in Houston -- suggesting talks could ramp up dramatically over the next 24 hours.

''You think ...