Worth noting

Worth noting

• Cubs right-hander Ryan Dempster made career start No. 300 on Monday at Busch Stadium.

• Chicago and St. Louis are meeting for the seventh and eighth times this season in the 35th of 36 games of the year for each squad. The Cubs have not faced National League Central foes Pittsburgh and Houston yet.

• Sveum, a hockey fan who lives in Scottsdale, Ariz., was not pleased with Coyotes' effort in a 4-2 loss to Los Angeles in the first game of the Western Conference final series on Sunday.

Sveum arrived in St. Louis from Milwaukee in time to see most of the contest on TV.

"It wasn't fun to watch," he said. "It didn't seem like the Coyotes had a shot on goal in the last two periods."

• The Cubs broke a 10-game losing streak in Milwaukee on Sunday.

"That's a big monkey off our back," first baseman Bryan LaHair said.

Chicago lost 13 straight in St. Louis from Oct. 3, 1999 to June 19, 2001.