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The Cubs' Kris Bryant (17) is greeted by third base coach Will Venable (25) after hitting a home run during the eighth inning against the Nationals in Washington last month. 

LOS ANGELES — Cubs slugger Kris Bryant roomed with White Sox pitcher Dylan Covey for three seasons at the University of San Diego and calls Covey “one of my favorite people.”

But Bryant has a vastly different view than Covey of the Cubs-White Sox series that starts Tuesday night with the first of two games at Wrigley Field.

In fact, Bryant was amused to read a tweet Friday by Scott Merkin of MLB.com that quoted Covey as saying, “We definitely want to beat (the Cubs), no doubt, every single time.”

“I love Dylan,” Bryant said with a smile before the Cubs prepared to play Dodgers on Friday. “I didn’t even know we play them. I just focus on what we’ve got today. Now I know. That’s funny.”

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Bryant said he’d rather not know about his future opponents and opposing starting pitchers because “it takes away from what we’re doing now.”

“I don’t think we pick any series to look forward to or not look forward to,” Bryant said. “It’s all the same to us. Just go where the plane goes and we’re there. That’s how we approach it. That’s how we have to.”

Bryant plans to send a text message to Covey in hopes of spending Monday’s mutual day off together.

“There are no hard feelings,” Bryant said. “I love my buddy Dylan.”

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