Colorado Rockies defeat Chicago Cubs, 6-5

DENVER -- A strange and telling scene played out in the Cubs' clubhouse Saturday, a few hours before their 6-5 loss against the Colorado Rockies.

More than three hours after he was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers, along with second baseman Ryan Theriot, pitcher Ted Lilly played cards with Ryan Dempster like it was any other day in their nearly four seasons as teammates.

Then Theriot wandered in and lingered with Lilly, eventually exchanging warm goodbyes with teamm...

DENVER -- Ted Lilly held out hope Saturday that the trade talk ''would just kind of all pass.'' Ryan Theriot maintained ''wishful thinking'' until the end.

But in trading away those core playoff-team members to the Los Angeles Dodgers -- and nearly trading Mike Fontenot and Xavier Nady to the San Francisco Giants an hour or so later -- Cubs general manager Jim Hendry officially ended all the lip service about historic comebacks and started the clock on 2011.

Saturday...