Cincinnati Reds defeat Chicago Cubs, 14-3

Playing in the major leagues always was Marlon Byrd's goal, one fueled by the trips between the majors and minors that marked his early seasons.

Making it as an All-Star still seemed like a dream to the Cubs' outfielder, who was named Sunday as the team's lone representative to the Midsummer Classic.

''When I get there, it will sink in,'' he said of the July 13 game in Anaheim, Calif. ''It hasn't sunk in yet, but it's an honor. Being voted by your peers -- there's no...

Lou Piniella ranks 18th among baseball's winningest managers, and his first three years with the Cubs were a positive on that ledger (300-265).

Year 4, however, has been quite different. The Cubs could lose 93 games if they remain on their current pace. That would be the most losses since they went 66-96 in 2006.

That also was Dusty Baker's final season as Cubs manager. Today, Baker has the Cincinnati Reds in first place in the National League Central after leaving W...