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Smells like team spirit: Cubs in nirvana after trades at deadline and 2-0 win over Cardinals

ST. LOUIS – The way players in the clubhouse view the trade deadline, the Cubs took the field Wednesday night already leading the Cardinals 3-0.

Right-hander David Phelps was added to the bullpen after being acquired in a trade Tuesday, and the Cubs traded on deadline day for hitters Tony Kemp and Nick Castellanos on Wednesday.

The Cardinals?

Put it this way: When an unexplained stench wafted through the downtown St. Louis area early in the game strongly enough that writers requested their press box windows be closed, one scribe joked it was caused by the Cards’ malodorous efforts at the deadline.