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Diaz 1, Cubs 0, and other bullets

suddenly I’m in the mood for bbq’d chicken
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“Nice of Laz Diaz to give the Cardinals that game,” he said archly. “Definitely an argument in favor of the robo-umps. I’d like to toast his ravioli. Decriminalize marinara!”

Or something like that. We wuz robbed! That logic is as impregnable as Norm Crosby’s wife used to be, and as inescapable as the conclusion that the Cubs neeeed (not a typo) bullpen help, as unassailable as a raft built by termites. Nothing to do with the offense ... wait ... so it’s not just Miles Mikolas?

Dating back to Sunday, the Cubs are 3-for-33 with runners in scoring position.

Boring.

“Do you like St. Louis?” a columnist asked Joe Maddon.

“I like Chicago a lot,” Maddon said, smiling.

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).

The signing of outfielder Carlos Gonzalez to a minor-league contract on Thursday was designed to give the Cubs more veteran flexibility while buying more time for Ian Happ at Iowa.

“He’s another left-handed hitter to utilize against a good right-handed pitcher,” Maddon said. “It’s obvious when he’s able to play and he’s here, it’s significant to start three lefties (in the outfield).” — Mark Gonzales.

Food for thought:

Thanks for reading.