The goal over the next 10 days for the Cubs is to do what they can to tune out any distractions. Manager David Ross wants the focus on each game and not the rumors, reports and reactions that are flying as the Trade Deadline looms.
Consider Tuesday's improbable 7-6 comeback win over the rival Cardinals a snapshot. Following an early exit by Kris Bryant -- leading to a social-media storm of speculation -- Chicago rallied for six runs in the ninth for a stunning victory.
And it was Ian Happ -- Bryant's replacement in left after the star exited with what the team described as right hamstring fatigue -- who delivered the decisive blow.
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