• Thursday's victory over the Reds snapped a six-game losing streak, which Renteria said wasn't caused by the July 4 trade involving Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel.
"I'll be honest with you, I think it's coincidental. We didn't hit well with runners in scoring position as well as we should have," he said. "We had a couple of games where we weren't able to hold it, and I don't think it had anything to do with the change."
• Rizzo became the first Cub to win the NL Final Vote contest, and he became the youngest Cub to make the All-Star team as a first baseman.
• By making his Major League debut on Thursday, Hendricks became the third Cubs starter to do so in a 13-day stretch that started June 28. Per Elias Sports Bureau, that marked the first time three Cubs starters made their big league debuts in a span of 13 days or fewer since 1948, when Bob Rush, Cliff Chambers and Dutch McCall did it in a six-day span.
• Castro is the third shortstop in Cubs history to earn three All-Star nods, joining Ernie Banks (nine times) and Don Kessinger (six times).
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