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The Pirates and Mets are reeling. The Giants and Blue Jays are soaring. The trade market heats up. Some Father's Day stories.

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It's another Monday in June. The last time the Cubs had a 12.5 game lead in June was  . . . never? Neither 1969 nor 1977 ever had leads that big. The 1929 team and the Tinkers-to-Evers-to-Chance teams didn't get that big a lead until August. The 1880 White Stockings went 67-17 on the season, but they didn't take a 12.5 game lead until July. (Although the season didn't start until May 1.)

And tomorrow will be a better day than today, Buster.