Chicago Cubs defeat San Diego Padres, 5-2

SAN DIEGO -- The Cubs' Carlos Zambrano raised the issue after his victory Monday, when he took offense at being called the team's ''former ace'' in a recent Sun-Times story.

''You can count and see if I'm the former ace or I'm still the ace of this team,'' said Zambrano, who has a seven-game winning streak and a 1.07 ERA in his last nine starts.

He later added that the Cubs have four or five ''aces,'' which sounded like backpedaling after he raised the issue in the f...