Marco Estrada


How will the Cubs play with expectations?


Travis Wood was on the ropes, but pitched out of a self-made first inning mess that wound up looming large as the Cubs beat Milwaukee, 4-2, in front of 37,631 Sunday afternoon at Wrigley Field.


Nate Schierholtz emerged as a valuable trade chip last summer, hitting a career high 21 home runs for the Cubs.


MILWAUKEE (AP) The Milwaukee Brewers have agreed to one-year contracts with closer John Axford and two other right-handers, avoiding arbitration.