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Willie is #1, Pedro’s natal anniversary, and other bullets

MLB: Chicago Cubs at Colorado Rockies
revenge, served
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Well, that’s a desirable end, anyway. Not sure I like the way Colorado goes about their business. We’ll just tack that up on the board behind more pressing business and see what happens next round. Hey ... it wasn’t boring.

Big series starting tonight. Hot fun in the summertime! Weatherman says mid-80s in LA.

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). {$} means paywall. {$] means limited views.

Willson Contreras leads all NL catchers with 850,613 votes. In fact, no player holds a larger lead at any position -- in either league.

”I saw the results that came out, and it made me very happy that I had the support of all the fans out there, not just Cubs fans but fans from around baseball,” Contreras said through an interpreter. “I’ve been really happy with what I’ve done so far this season, and I know there’s a lot more work to do, and this could possibly be my second start as an All-Star, and it’s really exciting. But there’s a ways to go before we get there.” — Manny Randhawa.

Cubs reliever Brad Brach was down on himself after giving up 4 runs in the Cubs 10-3 loss to the Rockies on Tuesday. He failed to put away batters, even though he was getting ahead of them, as his ERA is now 6.39: “It’s frustrating. Something I’ve been working on all week, to execute pitches, then I go out there and put up another stinker. It’s not fun... I’m not throwing the ball where I need to. Frankly, it’s embarrassing. It’s just going out there and just giving up line drive after line drive. It’s just not good... I think the most frustrating part is I have feel like I’ve had some of the best stuff, in the last three weeks, and it’s been the worst results probably in my whole career.” — Jesse Rogers.

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