08:17 AM ET 07.31 | An exciting game Monday night in Chicago played merely in the background of the bigger picture with the Cubs. During the nine-run fifth, the Cubs pulled outfielder Reed Johnson from the game and told pitcher Paul Maholm they were going to the Braves. Catcher Geovany Soto also was pulled after the sixth and was reportedly headed to the Rangers. ... [Starter Justin Germano] won't remember the outing as much as the weird vibe in the dugout. "I've never been part of anything like that," Germano said. "It's like every time I turned around, someone else was leaving. I guess that's what happens this time of year." [Steve Clevenger] had gone into the weight room to stretch in case he was needed to pinch-hit, and then got the word that he was taking over for Soto.