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Cubs set for road trip against Central's best

Cubs set for road trip against Central's best

Cubs set for road trip against Central's best
CHICAGO -- The Cubs will face the top three teams in the National League Central Division, starting Tuesday when they open a 10-game trip to Milwaukee, St. Louis and Pittsburgh.

Chicago may be 12 games back, but don't call the Cubs "spoilers," manager Mike Quade said prior to a 5-4 win on Sunday.

"Not right now," he said. "You understand who you're playing. Going into Pittsburgh last time [July 8-10], we had an opportunity to take two out of three and let one get away late. That was encouraging to me because they've been tough on us.

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"You always get up for St. Louis," he said. "This whole road trip is a challenge and an emotional lift. I love this. I can't wait to get to Milwaukee and St. Louis and Pittsburgh and enjoy the challenge of playing those guys."

Heading into Sunday's game against the Astros, the Cubs were 14-24 against their Central Division rivals, including 4-3 against the Brewers, 1-5 against the Cardinals and 3-6 against the Pirates.

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