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Cubs finally get a look at their brand new clubhouse

Cubs finally get a look at their brand new clubhouse

What's better than a 5-1 road trip to begin the 2016 season? Coming home to a brand new, state-of-the-art clubhouse.

The Cubs returned from Arizona early Monday morning, and waiting for them in Chicago was the second phase of the team's $500 million renovation to overhaul Wrigley Field.

As you could have guessed, the team was pretty excited about the new digs.

The clubhouse has expanded from 11,000 feet to more than 30,000 feet, complete with a new locker room, strength and conditioning center, offices and a player lounge that includes a dining room, per the team's press release sent Friday.

There is also an underground batting cage behind the Cubs dugout.

The Cubs host the Reds tonight at 7:05.

Cubs Talk Podcast: Cubs offense takes a step in right direction, when will rotation follow?

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Cubs Talk Podcast: Cubs offense takes a step in right direction, when will rotation follow?

For the first time in almost two weeks, the Cubs offense started to look more like the team we know they can be in Wednesday afternoon's victory over the Brewers. But when will the starting rotation follow? Kyle Hendricks pitched better than his stat line once again, but it's getting late in the season to continue to use that rationale for any Cubs starter.

Kelly Crull and Tony Andracki break down the Cubs-Brewers series and Kelly sits down with David Bote for a 1-on-1 chat about his whirlwind week. Leila Rahimi also catches up with MLB Network's Dan Plesac to get his thoughts on Javy Báez's place in the NL MVP race, how the Central division is shaping up and X-factors for the Cubs and Brewers down the stretch.

Listen to the full podcast here or via the embedded player below:

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Is Milwaukee the biggest NL Central threat to the Cubs?

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Is Milwaukee the biggest NL Central threat to the Cubs?

Phil Rogers, Jim Litke and Harry Teinowitz join Kap on the panel. Joe Maddon tweaks the lineup and the Cubs offense explodes to beat the Brewers. Is Milwaukee still the Cubs’ biggest threat in the Central? And is Javy Baez still the Cubs’ MVP?

Plus Roquan Smith puts on the pads to practice but will he have them on in Week 1 at Lambeau?  

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