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Chicago Cubs: 5 Players to Watch Down the Stretch for 2013
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Darwin Barney is on the verge of history for the Cubs.

For teams like the Chicago Cubs, this final stretch of the season is important for players who have something to play for. While this is an exciting time around the MLB with teams fighting for playoff spots and the World Series right around the corner, the Cubs are already focused on the 2013 season.

The beloved Cubbies weren’t supposed to be contenders heading into this season, but a 59-96 record is hard to stomach for fans. Chicago has been near the cellar of the NL Central for the majority of the season. Fortunately, the division rival Houston Astros have the worst record (51-105) in baseball.

That doesn’t mean the final week of the regular season is a lost cause. Here are five players who have a lot to play down the stretch.

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