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A trio of blasts, and other bullets

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“Make mine a Bud light,” said Anthony Rizzo brightly. I’ve been accused of being blunt, so I’ll just say he hammered it. Albert Almora Jr. nailed one for a granny. Javier Baez brought his lumber, too.

Wind blowing out. Cole Hamels hit a lot of bats and had everyone chewing their nails until Rizzo fashioned his statement. Tyler Chatwood continued to avoid both walks and bats. Al will have details in his recap.

Here’s today’s Cubs News and Notes. As always, * means autoplay on, or annoying ads, or both (directions to remove for Firefox and Chrome).

Cubs closer Pedro Strop (strained left hamstring) threw 25 pitches in a bullpen session on Wednesday. The right-hander is scheduled to throw again this coming weekend.

“He’s doing good,” Maddon said.

Strop has been on the injured list since May 7, and the team has not decided whether he will go on a rehab assignment before being activated. - John Jackson.

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