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Innings, that is, extra innings. It goes to 13.

Good wood.
Good wood.
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Could have been better/worse.  Meatloaf in Milwaukee sounds good, for lunch.

Box Score.

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Find out what it means to me.

  • Barry Rozner (Daily Herald): Bat flips in baseball not the problem. "Respect isn't just a lost concept in baseball."
  • CBS Sports: Joe Maddon in aftermath of Blue Jays-Rangers fight: 'players should police everything'. Includes [AUDIO] from the Spiegel and Goff show.
  • Evan Altman (Cubs Insider): Sorry Triple-A pitchers, the Cubs are too awesome to call the next wave just yet. Absent a cup of coffee here or there due to injury or DH help, the Cubs simply can’t or won’t be making the call to bring anyone up.
  • Jeff Sullivan (Fangraphs): The Cubs are dominating the ground ball game. "Here’s another place where the Cubs have been really super good."
  • Carrie Muskat (MLB.com): Joe Maddon hopes Jason Heyward locates 'feel'. "It's all about feel," Maddon said. "Once you do it, you get that feel in your hands."

Joker in the house of cards.

  • Paul Sullivan (Chicago Tribune): Ryan Braun to the Cubs? Just a story in search of some substance. Jim Edmonds notwithstanding.
  • Chris Emma (CBS Chicago): As Cubs thrive, fellow favorites from Houston fight for their season. The Astros have struck out at a league-worst 25.8 percent rate and seen key players like Evan Gattis, Tyler White and Carlos Gomez underperform.
  • Rick Morrissey (Chicago Sun-Times): A dark period might help the Cubs -- and especially their fans. "Just because the Cubs are mowing down opponents and are indeed the best team in baseball right now doesn’t mean that they will be the last team standing in October."
  • Rian Watt (Wrigleyville-Baseball Prospectus): Kris Bryant: The unluckiest Cub. "...in at least one important way, Kris Bryant has been unlucky this year."

Reality check bounces.

Sound decisions.

  • ESPN: Anthony Rizzo with David Kaplan and Jeff Dickerson [AUDIO]
  • Jesse Rogers (ESPN): Ben Zobrist is getting better with age. "It’s pretty amazing seeing a guy turn 35 continuing to get better, doing it the right way," said Theo Epstein.
  • Neil (Chicago Cubs Online): Front office preparing for curveballs the season could throw at the Cubs. Many in the game think the Cubs will try to acquire a starting pitcher, a reliever or two and possibly an outfielder.
  • Jared Wyllys (Wrigleyville-Baseball Prospectus): David Ross retirement party: out with a bang. "As a whole, I appreciate sports in part because of how often it provides an avenue for the unlikely and improbable."
  • Carrie Muskat (MLB.com): Dexter Fowler building rapport with "Howlers".

Food for thought: