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Cubs win, Yu news, still hanging on, and other bullets and assorted madness

It might be, it could be, it is —another Bryzzo production, autographed
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Good day. Let’s get some exorcise. Feel the berm. remember, round is a shape, too.

Cub Tracks comes to you via the magic of the Cub Tracks Continuum. Even though it’s 108F where I am, it’s nice and cool in the theater of the mind, from whence I come with news of a Cubs victory Saturday afternoon in the Friendly Confines, asking the eternal question — will there be a Mordecai today? Is it on the menu, Zachary? Maybe we should get our hopes ‘way, ‘way up.

We too inspire by art.

I’m sure that Javier Baez will take some slides. As always * means autoplay on, or annoying ads, or both (directions to remove for Firefox and Chrome).

Cubs News and Notes:

Yu just keeps us hanging on every word. Heh. Yu know I couldn’t fudge that one after Al handed it off. Wait, what sport is this again?

Would Darvish want to talk to Rodriguez on Aug. 12, when ESPN broadcasts the Cubs’ game against the Nationals?

”If he sends me a text message or something, I’ll keep it and maybe take a screen shot and print it out and frame it,” Darvish said through his interpreter.

Then, Darvish added in English: “I’m not joking.” — Carrie Muskat.

  • Theo Epstein on The Score [AUDIO]. Bleacher Nation’s Michael Cerami sums it up.
  • Patrick Mooney (The Athletic {$}): Are the Cubs still the same second-half team to beat? We’re about to find out. “We do need to make it our time,” Joe Maddon said. “It’s something we normally do.”
  • Sahadev Sharma (The Athletic {$}): Three issues the Cubs must correct to make a deep October run. “...their lack of strikeouts, their lefty relievers’ struggles and the offense’s continued inconsistency.”
  • Tony Andracki (NBC Sports Chicago*): The Cubs rotation may finally be rounding into form. “Did a lot of things that I’m trying to work on really well, just gotta stick with it,” Kyle Hendricks said.
  • Carrie Muskat (MLB.com*): Yu Darvish optimistic after 50-pitch bullpen session. “Now that I’m pitching, I’m very optimistic about this process,” Darvish said.
  • Sahadev Sharma (The Athletic {$}): José Quintana’s conviction puts him back on track, for one game at least. “Perfect. Yeah, he did really good,” Maddon said. “One hanging curveball, but otherwise he was near perfect.”
  • Chicago Tribune* {$}: Cole Hamels on joining Cubs: ‘They’ve made me feel very welcome’ [VIDEO].
  • Eli Herskovitch (670 The Score): Cubs’ Pedro Strop a model of consistency. “He has a great attitude every single day whether he’s pitching really well or if he’s had a couple rough outings,” Rizzo said. “His work ethic stands out. That’s a good formula to be consistent.”
  • Jesse Rogers (ESPN*): Nine teams in 11 years? Jesse Chavez’s life as a baseball journeyman. “Pack a bag, tell your wife we’re on to another city, get the kids ready and enjoy it,” Chavez said. “You have to embrace it.”
  • David Just (Chicago Sun-Times* {$}): Bullpen rescues Cubs again in 5-4 victory against Padres. “Relievers Steve Cishek, Brandon Kintzler and Pedro Strop...retired all 10 batters they faced.”
  • (Chicago Tribune* {$}): Mark Gonzales Cubs relievers Cishek and Chavez seeking to end personal playoff droughts. “Sitting at home in October stinks,” Chavez said. “It’s been something I’ve worked towards,” said Cishek.
  • Carrie Muskat (MLB.com*): Anthony Rizzo, Kyle Schwarber HRs power Cubs past Friars. “Schwarber and Rizzo each hit a double and a home run in the game, with Rizzo winning the distance contest.”
  • Evan Altman (Cubs Insider): Mr. New Bote turns pregame practice into potential game-saving play. “...baseball is most often a game of repetition and fundamentals and capitalizing on opportunities.”
  • Carrie Muskat (MLB.com*): Kyle Schwarber reaches 20-homer plateau. “It’s the second straight season Schwarber has reached 20 homers.”
  • Paul Sullivan (Chicago Tribune* {$}): Former Cubs ace Jake Arrieta helping Phillies become contenders. “He’s a veteran (and) has been in our shoes,” Aaron Nola said.”

Food for thought:

Thanks for reading. New song.