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Manager David Bell sees signs his team can turn the corner soon. He was asked Tuesday about right fielder Yasiel Puig and second baseman Jose Peraza dying their hair blonde in imitation of third baseman Eugenio Suarez, who started sporting that look last season.
“I’m all for the hair,” Bell said. “It’s fun to see they’re enjoying playing and enjoying being around each other. I’m a supporter of that as long as we play the game right and they compete and they take care of each other. All that’s happening. I think it’s great. Hopefully, the fans enjoy and can sense that they play well together. You can tell when you’re watching a team that competes together. it’s hard to put your finger on what that looks like, but you can sense it. We’re starting to feel that a little bit.”
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Bell’s increasing confidence will be put to the test this week. The Cubs have the best record in the National League. The team with the second-best record, the Los Angeles Dodgers (27-16), starts a three-game series in Cincinnati on Friday. It’s an important stretch, Bell said.
“I think it’s a great challenge based on the fact that it’s been a process to get to this date, and from my seat, I really like where we are,” he said. “It’ll be a good challenge to see how that translates against really good competition.”
Cubs at Reds, 6:40 p.m., FS Ohio, 700, 1410