Chicago Cubs defeat Arizona Diamondbacks, 9-4

PHOENIX -- Carlos Silva admitted some disappointment with not being selected for what would have been his first All-Star Game.

''Maybe a little bit,'' he said.

But the Cubs' top starting pitcher also said he wasn't surprised by the snub, even if many others around him were.

''With the All-Star Game, there are a lot of things I don't understand,'' he said of a multilayered selection process that can become a roster numbers game with pitchers and bench players. ''Numbe...

PHOENIX -- For three months they spent almost every day acting out the same script whenever somebody put a baseball in their midst.

And while the Cubs' 9-4 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday doesn't mean they're out of the woods -- or even fourth place -- the story line at least changed for one day in July.

So unusual was the early and persistent hitting from all parts of the lineup that catcher Geovany Soto called it ''refreshing.''

''It was fun toda...