Posted August 15, 2012 on AP on Fox
David DeJesus hit two home runs, Justin Germano breezed through six innings and the Chicago Cubs beat the Houston Astros 7-2 on Wednesday. Starlin Castro also homered among his three hits for Chicago, which won for just the third time in 15 games. The Cubs avoided falling to a season-worst 26 games under .500. Astros starter Bud Norris left the game after being hit in the left foot with a line drive in the fourth inning. DeJesus' third-inning homer was his first in 54 career games at Wrigley Field. And he didn't waste any time notching his second career Wrigley homer, blasting the first pitch of his next at-bat out to center field. He tied a career best with four hits and drove in three runs, reaching base five times. Astros reliever Chuckie Fick was booed in the sixth for intentionally walking DeJesus with runners on second and third. Castro hit a two-run shot in the third, his 12th of the season, as Norris failed to win for a 13th consecutive start. Norris (5-10) all...

Cubs fire VP of player personnel Oneri Fleita

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Cubs oust player personnel director

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