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Philadelphia Phillies v Chicago Cubs
Sometimes Yu lose some, sometimes Yu wins some
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Jake Arrieta looks weird in red. Battles pretty much the same. Fields his position well. Stuff isn’t as overwhelming. Had a little extra adrenalin, you bet. Good ball game. Nice kick save, Daniel Descalso. JT Realmuto, damn.

Cubs are now 3-2 in extras.

Not to scare you too badly, but here’s the new black hat I wrote about the other day:

New black Cubs hat

You can see it’s all black, and I got it for half of the price Amazon/MLB wants. Yeah, I have only a nodding acquaintance with the Gillette people. You know how it is. I didn’t hear anything about Armed Forces weekend (I had music on), so the Cubs hats looked black to me. Those camo hats cost real money. I’ll keep the black one.

Here’s today’s Cubs News and Notes. As always, * means autoplay on, or annoying ads, or both (directions to remove for Firefox and Chrome).

Triple-A Iowa outfielder Ian Happ left Monday’s game against New Orleans after suffering a cut on his finger in the seventh inning but is expected to return shortly. — Mark Gonzales.

  • Bryan Murphy (McCovey Chronicles): He’s hip. He’s cool. He’s 65. “Maddon knows how to speak to the kids. He also really, really needs to stay relevant...”
  • TMZ Sports: Jon Lester and Anthony Rizzo partied until 4 am ... after loss to Nationals. “Lester ... tucked his best dress shirt into his jeans, grabbed Rizzo, Albert Almora Jr. and Kyle Schwarber and hit the town.”
  • Jesse Rogers (ESPN*): ‘He’s a legend in Chicago’: Yu Darvish knows what facing Arrieta means. “Darvish ended up replacing Arrieta in the Cubs’ rotation but hasn’t exactly replaced him in fans’ hearts.”

Food for thought:

Thanks for reading.