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The ship... is sinking
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GAMETHREAD WORD. I’m just one beleaguered scribe, but I’m gonna ignore the hell out of that game and just go forward, going forward. The heart-shaped box people (Hey! Wait! I got a real complaint!) have already spoken and the pavement below the ledge is slippery with the slightly flattened forms of jumpers. I slipped and almost fell when I left the BCB offices for lunch. No point in cleaning up, as the queue is still growing.

The Good Ship Cub looks to be headed for dark waters. My scrying glass is half full. Just ask any other scribe. David Kaplan, for example. Or Jon {$} Greenberg. Hello, second place.

Vote early and often.

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. Italics are often used here as sarcasm font.

“I feel like I got back to the original me. Playing on a consistent basis, I think, had a lot to do with it. I was able to hone in on my approach and just play the type of baseball that I know how to play.” — Addison Russell

(links to videos about Russell’s return, courtesy of Bleacher Nation): Russell, Maddon, Jed Hoyer.

Luis Diaz of the Atlanta Braves, Marcos Encarnacion of the Chicago Cubs and Eliezer Mejia of the Seattle Mariners drew 72-game suspensions without pay after testing positive for the steroid stanozolol. All are on Dominican Summer League rosters.

Ian Krol of the Minnesota Twins pitches for Triple-A Rochester of the International League. He was suspended 50 games without pay following a second positive test for a drug of abuse. — AP.

Food for thought:

I thought the Philadelphia Experiment was over... Thanks for reading.