Houston Astros defeat Chicago Cubs, 8-1

HOUSTON -- The Cubs said right-hander Carlos Zambrano's return to the majors after a month away for anger-management treatment, then conditioning remains on track for Friday in Colorado, even though he pitched an ugly inning for Class AAA Iowa on Tuesday in the wake of his ill-advised appearance on ESPN.

Zambrano walked in a run, hit a batter, misplayed a chance to turn a double play and gave up a two-run single to Cubs coach Ivan DeJesus' son, Ivan Jr., during a 32-pit...

HOUSTON -- The next 60 hours or so for the Cubs are all about Ted Lilly.

First baseman Derrek Lee made sure of that when the pending free agent exercised his no-trade rights last week. He blocked a potential trade to the Los Angeles Angels and told general manager Jim Hendry he plans to remain with the Cubs through the last two months of his contract.

''I thought about it for a good 24 hours, kind of agonized over it,'' Lee said after the Cubs' 8-1 loss Wednesday to ...