Cubs skipper Piniella tends to ailing mom

CHICAGO(AP) —Manager Lou Piniella was headed to Florida to tend to his ailing mother and was not accompanying the Chicago Cubs on their trip to San Francisco.

Piniella was leaving the team for at least a few days to visit his mother in Tampa, Fla. He hopes to rejoin the Cubs at some point on the six-game trip to San Francisco and St. Louis.

Chicago has lost 10 of 11 after falling 11-4 to Cincinnati on Sunday and winding down a trying season. The retiring Piniella also missed three games recently to attend his uncle’s funeral.

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Updated Sunday, Aug 8, 2010