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Extras! Extras! Read all about it! Cubs fall in ten.

Seven of the next ten against the Cardinals. This season’s pennant chase comes ‘right down to the wire’...

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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.

Craig Kimbrel threw 16 pitches in a simulated game on Monday as he continues to recover from elbow soreness. He threw mostly fastballs but dropped in a couple curveballs at the end of his session. Joe Maddon was one of those watching him and says he could be activated by this weekend. It all depends on how he feels tomorrow: “He looked really good. There was no hesitation with his arm. He wasn’t guarding whatsoever. The fastball was alive. Maybe the command of the curve was off but I thought the break was there. It was very encouraging.” — Jesse Rogers

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