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MLB: MAR 08 Spring Training - Reds at Cubs (ss) Photo by Jeff Speer/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Okay, so Kyle Hendricks experienced the rare off-day and allowed a couple of deep flies with men on base. It’s not the end of the world. Six isn’t nine. But it does serve as a reminder that any MLB team can beat you on any given day. To think otherwise is to build castles in the sand. And yeah, the offense fell in the sea, but they’ll swim back to shore and do that voodoo that they do.

I prefer it when the neighbors don’t gossip and drool, Gladys Kravitz. There was but one Cubs highlight: Nico Hoerner’s bases-empty pinch blast in the sixth. Try not to look at Trent Grisham’s inside-the-park homer, when Ian Happ appeared indisposed to field his position aggressively.

Today the Cubs will try to win three out of four games in this series against the Padres. New Cub Ryan Yarbrough will take the hill to oppose Dinelson Lamet. Al will have more in the game post (at 2:30 p.m. CT, for our 3 p.m. start). 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.

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Thanks for reading! And please — drive home safely!