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Cub Tracks takes five, Cubs take six

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The simCubs return from a brief West Coast swing with a 27-11 record, 6-1 for the trip, five games in first place, ahead of the Brewers, who are 22-16. They’ll play the Nationals and Stephen Strasburg tomorrow, but are off today for a brief rest at home.

Jose Quintana was splendid, throwing seven strong innings, and the Phil Regan special was passed on to Kyle Ryan, who ended up with the win when Willson Contreras whacked a ball into the seats in left field in the top of the 11th inning. Craig Kimbrel came on for the save.

Al will have more information about that 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.

“I’m very happy in Chicago. I believe it’s one of the best organizations in the major leagues,” Javier Baez told ESPN. “We had several conversations but never focused on a deadline. They were very amicable conversations where we communicated well with each other.”

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