PHILADELPHIA

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In the midst of a blowout loss to the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday afternoon, Cubs manager Joe Maddon wanted to do something to lighten the mood in the clubhouse.

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For the Cubs, their biggest addition before MLB's July 31 non-waiver trade deadline may already have happened.

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Joe Maddon has a history of taking an outside-the-box approach in regards to how he manages each game.

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His stay was brief, but 2015 Cubs first round pick Ian Happ is hoping it won't be too long before he's manning one of the outfield spots at Wrigley Field.

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CINCINNATI – The Cubs are under no illusions as they prepare for the July 31 trade deadline: It’s the pitching, stupid.

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