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AFL Beat: Rapada Hopes Next Year is No Joke

For a short period of time this past April, left-handed reliever Clay Rapada wondered, albeit a bit skeptically, if he'd cracked the Cubs' 25-man opening day roster out of Spring Training.

What was apparently the result of an error posted on the Cubs' official website showed Rapada as a member of the team's finalized 25-man roster and opening day pitching staff at the time. False alarm, but that didn't stop many friends and family from picking up on the lead and calling the 25-year-old southpaw for confirmation. "I hope I'm able to turn that joke into a realistic situation...

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