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Cub Tracks Is On A Roll

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Looking at the new lineup, what's happening with Starlin Castro, Joe Maddon's thoughts on Addison Russell, and a stinky flower.

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Russ will be back on Cub Tracks on Sunday. I give him lots of credit for his hard work here: this ain't as easy as it looks!

Here are today's links:

From Comcast SportsNet Chicago:

From Cubs.com:

From ESPN Chicago:

From CBS Chicago:

From the Chicago Tribune:

From the Chicago Sun-Times:

From Cubs Den:

From Bleacher Nation:

  • BN's Luke Blaize continues their midseason Top 40 Prospects list with numbers 21-30. There are some real sleepers on that list, I think.

From Cubs Insider:

  • If you are still hoping Albert Almora will turn himself into a big-league regular, you'll like what Mark Jablonoski has to write about his figuring out Double-A pitching.

Miscellaneous:

  • Kris Bryant is in a new commercial for Champs Sports, which the company describes as Bryant "using fire and ice to destroy piles of rubble that symbolize the adversity he's faced while making it to the big leagues." Hey, symbolism, right?
  • You likely already knew this, but via NumberFire, here's proof by the numbers that Jake Arrieta is the Cubs' "ace."
  • Jay Jaffe at SI.com says the Cubs' playoff chances are better with Starlin Castro on the bench.
  • Tommy Birch of the Des Moines Register says Javier Baez is open to playing the outfield.

Today's food for thought: