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Butler on Rose trade: 'It had to be one of us' (1:38)
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Butler: 'I let people think what they want to think' (1:33)
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Butler on his Bulls' future: 'I don't think anything is for certain' (1:03)
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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.