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The trade deadline is approaching. Also, everyone's talking Schwarber and Soriano. That and something that tastes like bacon in today's Cub Tracks.

Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Hi there! I'm the third relief writer for Russ on Cub Tracks this week. It sort of feels like I'm in Joe Maddon's bullpen. Russ will return to this feature on Tuesday.

One bit of news, ICYMI: the Cubs/Giants game at Wrigley Field Sunday, August 9, originally listed as "TBD" on schedules, will start at 1:20 p.m. CT and be televised on CSN Chicago.

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From the Chicago Sun-Times:

  • Gordo says the Cubs' bullpen is in "flux" with Pedro Strop's struggles and Rafael Soriano close to his Cubs debut. (He might actually be right this time.)

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Miscellaneous:

  • In the Wall Street Journal, Cubs fan Rich Cohen says, "Please, Cubs, Don't Win!" This is exactly the kind of attitude we need to banish from Cubdom forever.
  • The WSJ also looks at the Cubs' and other teams' playoff odds and how analytics are being used to calculate those odds. I'm not sure who the "Kansas Royals" are, though.
  • Rolling Stone interviewed former Cub Joe Pepitone, who says he hid some interesting things in the Wrigley Field ivy when he played on the North Side. (NSFW language!)

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