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Butler: 'I let people think what they want to think' (1:33)
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Kyle Hendricks on his career high 117 pitches (0:50)
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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks discusses his career high 117 pitches in Wednesday's 9-2 win over the Reds.

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Cubs rookie Albert Almora on first career home run (0:33)
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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs rookie Albert Almora discusses his first career home run, hit on Wednesday against the Reds.

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Willson Contreras discusses his infield dance (0:43)
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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs catcher Willson Contreras discusses his infield dance after taking a foul tip off his cup.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs rookie C Willson Contreras is 2 for 2 throwing out runners in 4 starts while veteran Miguel Montero is 2 for 37 in 36 starts this season. Contreras has a cannon for an arm.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Kyle Hendricks threw a career high 117 pitches on Wednesday after a 15 inning game for the Cubs on Tuesday. He came out with 2 outs in the 7th with the Cubs leading 8-2, saving the bullpen as much as possible.

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How good is Alshon Jeffery?

When he was on the field in 2015, Jeffery was nearly unstoppable. But health has always been a challenge. Is the Bears' top wideout one of the league's best? Dan Graziano answers.

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Hamilton injury allows Rizzo to hit inside-the-park HR (1:09)
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A look into the future for Denzel Valentine (0:17)
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Why isn't Happ on Futures roster?

Ian Happ, who has raked for the Cubs' high-A and Double-A teams this year in his first full season in pro ball, is a big miss and belongs in the game ahead Jeimer Candelario, Keith Law writes. Law: Futures roster reaction (Insider)

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How did Fulmer make Futures roster?

Carson Fulmer, the White Sox's first-round pick last year, has a 5.28 ERA in Double-A with a lot of walks. Keith Law wonders why he was chosen to the United States' team. Law: Futures roster reaction (Insider)

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That was then

A number of high-profile NBA players struck deals at the beginning of last year's free-agency period to remain with their teams. This year's period will begin at 12 a.m. ET Friday.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Travis Wood and Hector Rondon would but unavailable on Wednesday afternoon after Tuesday's 15 inning win. He's hopeful he can get at least 7 innings out of starter Kyle Hendricks in order to rest the bullpen while the Cubs continue a stretch of 24 games without a day off.