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Cub Tracks Has A Catalyst

It all starts at the top, and Dexter Fowler has been on fire. But he's not the only one. Plus living up to the hype, pitching and catching well, bullpen chicken close calls, and a history of fighter jets in Tuesday's Cub Tracks.

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Here's the latest from around the web.

From Comcast SportsNet Chicago:


  • Kris Bryant wasn't looking to hit a home run when he knocked the game-winner out of the park on Monday. All he was really looking for was to hit a fly ball.
  • Jordan Bastian writes that the matchup between Jon Lester and Corey Kluber on Monday more than lived up to its billing.
  • The Cubs only have two off-days over the course of the next month due to make-ups of previously rained out games. Joe Maddon -- stop me if you've heard this one before -- isn't worried about it; in fact, he actually likes it.

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From Bleacher Nation:

  • The Cubs signed Quintin Berry to a minor-league contract after having been released from the Red Sox. His speed makes him a potential September "designated baserunner", writes Brett Taylor.
  • Dexter Fowler isn't the only Cub that's been hot since the All-Star break. Addison Russell has also found a groove, hitting .293 with an .810 OPS in the second half. Here's hoping he comes back soon.

From Cubs Insider:

  • As for Dexter Fowler's second-half numbers, how do these sound: .320 average, 1.035 OPS, 184 wRC+. Yeah, that's pretty good.

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