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Paul Sullivan: It's only a week, but the Cubs' strong start to the 2nd half alleviates some tension — for now

CHICAGO - The Cubs passed the first test of the second half, handling the Pirates and Reds in back-to-back series to momentarily squelch talk about potential blockbuster roster moves and Joe Maddon's future.

Like acing a pop quiz, the Cubs go into their off day Thursday feeling good about themselves and their front-runner status in the National League Central, knowing the ball is in their hands with a couple of weeks to go until the trade deadline.

Yu Darvish was mesmerizing Wednesday in a 5-2

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