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Cubs' Davis: Chemistry better since meeting

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Cubs pitcher Doug Davis has only been with the team for a little more than five weeks, but he already sees a big difference in the clubhouse quality since then, he said.

``I think everybody's pulling for everybody right now,'' Davis said after pitching five innings of the Cubs' 4-3 loss to the White Sox Wednesday night. ``We're losing as a team, we're winning as a team, and I think it's definitely different from a month ago. And we'll continue to push each other and back each other up on everything.''

Davis pointed to a team meeting about three weeks ago, just as the Cubs were hit with a rash of injuries within less than a week.

They haven't won a lot of games since then, but manager Mike Quade and players say they feel they've played a lot better baseball - and against some of the better teams in baseball during that stretch.

Davis, a veteran journeyman, said chemistry wasn't a major issue before that, but added, ``It just didn't feel like everybody was on the same page. I think we had a team meeting and things got straightened out, where we're all on the same page and working for each other.''

They even got cool new ``F--- the Goat'' T-shirts along the way.

``Bottom line, everybody is pitching in and giving us a chance to win every ballgame, and that's a key,'' he said.

Next key: Win at least a few more of the one-run games that have accounted for four of their last six losses.

``We're just going to keep coming,'' said first baseman Carlos Pena, whose 14th home run of the season Wednesday gave him homers in three straight games - the first Cub to do that since Derrek Lee last August.

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Hey! a new post!! Nice to know the Cubs are happier in the clubhouse. Too bad that does not carry over onto the field. Davis has looked a little better lately but still puts the defense and fans to sleep.I watched the Cubs blow the last game with the Sox and could hardly stand it when Hill came up with the Cubs' fastest man on third and fewer than two outs. I knew Hill would be unable to make contact because he never does and is such an easy out it's ridiculous.Sure enough, he lets two strikes right down the middle go by and swings at a ball even Soriano's bat could not reach. In fact, most of the Cubs are doing the same thing--- letting strikes go by and swinging at pitches almost bounced to the plate, over their heads, or so far outside that they miss them by a foot or more. Maybe they should hire an optometrist, or at least build a fire under their batting coach.Most disappointing are Soto and Ramirez whom I have seen Whiff at low and outside pitches so often that I do not know why opposing pitchers throw them anything else. Soriano too follows that pattern, but at least occasionally concentrates and avoids the urge to swing at those down -and- outers.

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