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Baseball history unpacked, June 8

Cubs, simCubs, and MLB news from the past and present

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Number nine, number nine ...

First in your hearts and first in the NL Central, best record in baseball:

‘nuff said!

Kyle Hendricks (8-2) pitched well but got no decision as Ryan Tepera (5-0) walked away with the W and Craig Kimbrel continued his rise to the tops of the ‘saves’ category with a clean 11th inning. Jason Kipnis ended the game with a long drive. Nico Hoerner continued to deliver in the pinch. The Reds tried but they couldn’t do it and now the Cubs move on to Philadelphia.

Phillie rookie JoJo Romero will face Ryan Yarbrough. Al will have more 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.

... on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, Bleed Cubbie Blue brings a you a lighthearted Cubs-centric look at baseball’s past. Here’s a handy Cubs timeline, to help you follow along as we review hand-picked scenes from the rich tapestry of Chicago Cubs and Major League Baseball history*.

Today in baseball history:

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