Chicago Cubs defeat San Francisco Giants, 8-6

SAN FRANCISCO --Where was this all season?

More than four months into an upside-down season, the Cubs continued to confound Tuesday -- even in a rare victory.

The same team that lost to unheralded Charlie Morton and Felipe Paulino on the road to oblivion pounded Tim Lincecum, the National League's two-time reigning Cy Young Award winner, in a 8-6 victory against the San Francisco Giants.

Just another day in paradise for the Cubs, who jumped on Lincecum for four ru...

SAN FRANCISCO -- For all the deserved attention and hype the Cubs' high-end rookies have received this season, one part of the story generally has been overlooked.

This part: The Cubs had better be producing this kind of talent right now because so is almost everyone else.

Big-market team or small-market team, a new age seems to have dawned in major-league roster-building philosophy. And that age is right around 22.

''There have been years like this,'' veteran San...