Chicago Cubs defeat Houston Astros, 5-2

HOUSTON -- The Cubs don't know what their roster will look like by the end of the week, much less the end of the season.

But next year is already starting to come into focus.

When Aramis Ramirez said Monday for the first time that he expects to exercise his $14.6 million player option for next season, it appeared to set at least six of the first eight spots in next April's opening lineup for the Cubs' new manager.

Whether that's enough change for fans who had hope...

HOUSTON -- Whatever Carlos Zambrano's motivations were for breaking his public silence on the LeBron Network several days before addressing teammates, one key figure in the clubhouse says he already has cleared the air with Zambrano and accepted his apology.

Zambrano told ESPN on Monday that he texted Derrek Lee two days after they were separated in the dugout June 25 at U.S. Cellular Field and said he later apologized to Lee.

''It's all true,'' Lee told the Sun-Time...