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The simCubs prevailed in the rubber game of the series and have been rewarded with a quick trip to San Diego for a four-game set before heading east. Jon Lester was merely fabulous, throwing eight shutout innings before giving way to Ryan Tepera, who applied the coup de grace.

Willson Contreras and Kyle Schwarber homered for the home team. Lester won Player of the Game honors, and, after the postgame activities, the players were apprised of the trades that had taken place earlier, about which Al will have more in the game post (at 2:30 p.m. CT, for our 3 p.m. start). There was a big trade and a smaller one. The small trade was outfielder Mark Zagunis to the Royals for outfielder Brett Phillips, who hadn’t been playing much for the Storm Chasers (as the Royals are loaded with lefties), and needed a change. Zagunis had been in Double-A Tennessee, and this will give him at least the opportunity to play at Triple A Omaha. Phillips and his awesome throwing arm will platoon in right field for the 27-6 I-Cubs.

I’ll drop the specific URL to the contest in the game thread, but you can lurk at the BCB Media Center and catch it there as well. All past games and highlights reels are available there too, if you want the full #simCubs experience.

And now, here’s Cub Tracks News and Notes, the only links column that really matters. 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 want to address something that I said yesterday, regarding baseball and baseball players. I want to apologize for leaving the impression that baseball players shouldn’t have the right to bargain, to protect their health and safety. I absolutely support that right. I should have made that more clear.” — ILL. Gov. JB Pritzker

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Thanks for reading! Please — drive home safely!