Houston Astros defeat Chicago Cubs, 6-1

HOUSTON -- After taking a beating in the Chicago media and from fans after his sudden appearance on national TV Monday before speaking with teammates, Carlos Zambrano reached out Tuesday morning to the team's official website in an apparent try to explain himself.

But judging from reaction in the clubhouse, neither public offering matters much to Cubs teammates, who publicly say they'll accept Big Z's return and anticipated apology in stride and continue about their bus...

HOUSTON -- Manager Lou Piniella, who's in his final two months with the Cubs, and pitcher Ted Lilly, who may be in his final week, shared a poignant five-minute ride to the ballpark Tuesday.

''And we talked a little bit about his situation,'' Piniella said after Lilly made an impressive -- and likely final -- start as a Cub in Tuesday's 6-1 loss to the Houston Astros. ''He wants to stay here. But he understands.''

Lilly, one of the most coveted pitchers available on ...