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Cubs GM: Off-field drama part of losing

CHICAGO -- The Chicago White Sox won the Crosstown Classic opener Friday, but a lot of the postgame talk centered on conflicts off the diamond, something Cubs general manager Jim Hendry says comes with the territory when teams have been as disappointing as the Cubs and Sox this season.

"That's the world we live in now, I think, when you don't play well, when you're under .500 like we are, and maybe the Sox feel the same way," Hendry said on ESPN 1000's Talking Baseball on Saturday. "When you get off to starts like we've had, that just kind of goes with it. Whether it's the individual finger-pointing, or the rumors that aren't true or what you should or shouldn't have done differently [they] all come out. When you're disappointed in how you're playing, the best way to fix it and answer all the rumors is just play a lot better baseball."

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