Way back in spring training, the Cubs were getting questions about the possibility of the front office blowing up the team at the trade deadline.

So it comes as no surprise that between now and July 31 everything will be viewed through that prism. There will be tons of misinformation recycled on Twitter and across cyberspace.

That’s been Matt Garza’s default setting ever since he came up with the Minnesota Twins. During Thursday’s 7-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers, he again showed none of that bothers him.

“It was pretty awesome,” Garza said afterward. “The first rumor I remember to this day was me for (Alfonso) Soriano to the Nationals and I was like: ‘All right! 40/40 guy! Yeah!’ Now it’s just, you know, whatever. You just keep plugging away.

“Someone asked me the other day: ‘Well, do you sit by your phone?’ I said: ‘No, no phone calls, no worries.’”

For the flock of scouts that traveled to Miller Park, Garza made it worth their while, taking a no-hitter into the fourth inning, allowing only one run and finishing with 10 strikeouts. He’s regained the feel for his slider and kept hitting 94 mph in his seventh and final inning.

Team president Theo Epstein and general manager Jed Hoyer see the bidding war coming. All five teams in the American League East began the day above .500, while only six games separated the five teams in the National League West.