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Javier Baez plays role of enforcer in Cubs' win

Javier Baez plays role of enforcer in Cubs' win

Javier Baez strengthened his credentials for National League Player of the Week honors by hitting a home run and a double Sunday to help lead the Cubs to an emotional 9-7 victory over the Rockies.

But Baez earned even more respect from his teammates when he accused DJ LeMahieu of relaying signs to hitters from second base in the third inning. Baez responded by moving from his shortstop position and standing in front of LeMahieu to block his vision.

“We’ve got to protect our team, our pitchers,” Baez said. “If we’ve got to do something else, I will do it. This game is hard enough.

“A lot of teams do it, but don’t do it to our face. Because we’re going to do something...

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