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100 losses the wrong threshold to cross

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Alfonso Soriano has been on New York Yankees teams that have won 100 or more games, and now he has played on a team that has lost 100 games.
The difference was painfully etched on his face Monday night.
``I hope the young players learn it's fun when we're winning and you learn it's not fun when you're losing,'' he said. ``It's more tiring when you lose. It doesn't matter how much money you make, it's not fun when you're losing.''
The Cubs fell 3-0 to the Houston Astros Monday night for loss 100 of the season, something that hadn't happened since 1966 -- even for a franchise whose history has been immortalized for its century without a world championship.
But only two Cubs teams--in 1966 and 1962--have lost 100 games or more (103 to be exact) before the 2012 version.
``Nobody wants to be part of it, but the bottom line is we're going home like a lot of teams with better records who aren't going to the playoffs,'' manager Dale Sveum said. ``I'll be here the next two days to do the best I can to win a baseball game.''
The Cubs managed only two hits off the Astros, both off starter Lucas Harrell (11-11). They were a leadoff single by David DeJesus and fourth inning leadoff double by Anthony Rizzo. Three Astros relievers shut down the Cubs, with Wesley Wright finishing and getting his first save.
``Our pitching was okay but there wasn't a whole lot of offense,'' Sveum said. ``A little bit of sleep walking at the plate tonight.''
Cubs starter Jason Berken (0-3) took the loss, going 4 2/3 innings and giving up two runs on four hits, including a Fernando Martinez homer in the second.
``Nobody wants to have a 100 loss season, but there's nothing we can do about it,'' Soriano said. ``I hope we win the last two games and hope we have a better season next year.
``I think about how difficult it is to win 100 games, but it's tough to lose 100,'' he said. ``It's tough for the organization. I know in the second half we didn't have a very good team to compete. But I hope we come back next year and play better.
``It's a long season. We have two more games. We have to come back and try to finish strong. We have to learn from this and be ready for next year.
``I think our owner [Tom Ricketts] and president [Theo Epstein] did a good job putting together a good group of people. We work hard and get along. We have to try to get better for next year.''

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