Chicago Cubs defeat St. Louis Cardinals, 7-3

ST. LOUIS -- Leave it to Carlos Zambrano to start pitching better than he has in more than four years -- and then announce his retirement.

Again.

''I'm serious,'' the Cubs' enigmatic right-hander said of his retirement vow Wednesday night that has become an annual event for the 29-year-old pitcher.

As he said after beating Cincinnati in June 2009 for career win No. 100, Zambrano followed a 7-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals and ace Chris Carpenter on Wednesd...

Until the Cubs start showing the players the money again, it looks like it could be up to the money players to start showing the Cubs again why they got those big contracts.

And that's fine with two of the guys whose contracts are among the biggest show-me deals on the team.

In fact, Alfonso Soriano and Aramis Ramirez say Cubs general manager Jim Hendry should feel free to spend whatever payroll room he has on pitching this winter because they're ready to reclaim maj...