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If features were bugs, buffeted by the winds of change, and other bullets

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Mired in first place by a half-game at the outset, the Cubs lurched into the re-opening of the regular season at home against the Pirates, who have a lot of Hurdle themselves. Yu Darvish rang in with quite an effort as he had some good stuff early, still good stuff in the middle, and didn’t stay late as he had thrown a lot of pitches. Chris Archer fired every arrow in his quiver and stayed a little longer as he was tossing a Maddux into the seventh. Consequently the game was tied at the beginning, stayed that way for quite a while until a deep fly escaped from the yard, and then the Cubs remembered how to be offensive and so did the Pirates and things got interesting. At long last, the home team won going away as Craig Kimbrel made a ninth-inning cameo. The Pirates are three and a half games back.

It was a pretty good game, and then I went out for Chinese at Lin’s Grand Buffet, which is always a treat. The chicken won ton soup there is killer bee and the rest ain’t so bad, either.

Al’s recap has game details. I’m just here to bug people that don’t know the difference between entomology and etymology, if I am forced to pin it all down, may Bradford Dillman help me.

Word.

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.

Anthony Rizzo spoke about the strategy of pitching inside or more to the point, up and in: “It’s a great theory. Throw at Javy’s (Baez) head 3 times and then throw a slider down and away. You’re going to get him out. It’s scary. Until MLB steps in and does something, it’s a good formula to get guys out. Throw at them and get them scared off the plate and then throw down and away.” — Jesse Rogers.

Link to above interview for Google AMP and Apple News readers.

Food for thought:

Thanks on the behalf of the group and myself for reading Meat the Beetles.