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Cubs’ Kris Bryant delivers three more long answers to doubters

WASHINGTON – At one point after writers gathered in the Cubs’ clubhouse around the guy who hit three home runs in three innings and raised his OPS 72 points in one night, an awkward silence persisted for a few seconds.

“I’m not going to ask about the bat,” one writer said. “Not gonna ask.”

“The bat? The axe bat?” Kris Bryant said. “Yeah, don’t ask.”

Bryant these days is doing all his talking with his attitude, his hitting eye and his swing – including four more hits and a second career three-homer game Friday as the Cubs beat the Nationals 14-6 to open a three-game series in Washington.