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Pedro Strop stepping up in closer role as Cubs beat Padres 5-4

Pedro Strop stepping up in closer role as Cubs beat Padres 5-4

The Cubs will have to get by for a while longer without Brandon Morrow, the first time manager Joe Maddon has had to go without his closer for an extended stretch since coming on board in 2015.

Hector Rondon, Aroldis Chapman, Wade Davis and Morrow all got the job done with infrequent hiccups over the last four seasons, but no one knew quite what to expect when Morrow went on the disabled list July 18 with biceps inflammation.

Maddon never officially named a closer in Morrow’s absence, but Pedro Strop is the name he has called most in the ninth inning, for better or worse.

One day after narrowly escaping a Padres rally, Strop came up big Saturday with a perfect ninth,...

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