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Yuck. I don’t have much to say about that game because I didn’t watch it all. I made it to Corey Dickerson’s double/E9 and that was that. I bet even Al thought about turning it off. If only Kyle Schwarber’s long ball had been fair... I thought that was the pivotal moment.

(I finished later while looking for things for this thing. I heard MVP chants for Josh Bell. I heard “Javy, Javy” just as loud. But that game felt bad. It was ugly to see.)

“It’s like they’re taking batting practice here tonight.” Jim DeShaies.

Second place. Today’s another day, and there’s another game. Kyle Hendricks has come off the IL to pitch. He’ll have a number limit, for sure. Let’s look on the bright side — he’s off the IL. Maybe the Cubs can avoid a sixth consecutive road series loss. 16-24? Ewwwww.

Theo Epstein and co. have a month to shape the team for the rest of the year. The negative nabobs have hot takes on this. I’m not letting them scuttle my postseason plans just yet.

I bet Bobby Bonilla is having a good day.

Good thoughts to the Tyler Skaggs family. Damn, man. Rough. Makes everything else seem small.

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.

Joe Maddon was upset with a fan interference call during an Anthony Rizzo at-bat in the 3rd inning on Sunday. Rizzo was called out after a review of a fan reaching over to catch a foul ball which Reds left fielder Phillip Ervin was tracking: “You know what I would like you to do? Call New York. Because I’m tired of getting fines, quite frankly. I want my grandkids to go to college. Every time I make a comment on umpires I get fined. I prefer that you call New York and ask them. Please do. Please do. Because I want to hear what they have to say. It was just way too ambiguous to be overturned for me.” — Jesse Rogers.

Food for thought:

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