St. Louis Cardinals defeat Chicago Cubs, 6-3

ST. LOUIS -- Nobody would've blamed Cubs manager Lou Piniella for staying home in Tampa, Fla., after watching another rough-and-stumble four games by his team from afar.

But Piniella said that never crossed his mind while caring for his mom for a few days, and he rejoined the team, as expected, Friday.

''No, no, no, no, no,'' Piniella said. ''Look, I've never been a quitter in my life doing anything, and I'm coming back here, and I'm going to do everything I can to h...

ST. LOUIS -- What's the Cubs' starting rotation going to look like next April?

How the Cubs answer that question will have the most to say about how long and hard their climb back toward respectability -- never mind contention -- will be.

''Ask me in October,'' general manager Jim Hendry said.

That's not a glib or dismissive response. That just speaks to how many moving parts and decisions are involved -- in-house alone -- in a position that for much of the first ...