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Reds deal young Cubs sixth straight loss

Published: Thursday, July 10, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT

CINCINNATI — Youth is being served on the Cubs’ roster.

But latest arrivals Arismendy Alcantara, Dallas Beeler and Kyle Hendricks would like to be more than appetizers before the likes of Kris Bryant and Javier Baez arrive.

Alcantara displayed his defensive skills at second base Wednesday night but went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in his major league debut, while Beeler allowed three runs in the fifth inning of a 4-1 loss to the Reds in his second major league start.

Now it will be up to Hendricks, who will make his major league debut Thursday, to stop the Cubs’ six-game losing streak.

“It’s the part of the season where it’s a low point for the team, but we’ve got to keep going and grind it out,” Anthony Rizzo said after hitting his 20th home run.

More minor league players could get opportunities before the July 31 trade deadline.

The Braves, searching for left-handed relief help, had a scout look at James Russell and Wesley Wright during this series.

The Blue Jays are looking at second-base and third-base candidates. Luis Valbuena and Darwin Barney — currently on maternity leave with Alcantara filling in for two games — could fit their needs.

Manager Rick Renteria was ejected in the bottom of the fifth by third-base umpire Andy Fletcher, who ruled that Devin Mesoraco’s grounder was foul after Valbuena fielded it for what could have been the final out.

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