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Cubs, simCubs, and MLB news from summer camp

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The simCubs invaded the land of the Freeman and the home of the Braves and gave the Atlanta squad a big karate chop. It remains to be seen if the Barves have the gumption to fight back, or if the simCubs advance to the chance to sweep the leg Sunday.

Jon Lester finally went to eleven and Jason Kipnis shot three bolts into the right field stands, good for five RBI, with Ian Happ clubbing a couple of solo shots and Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo chipping in, the result being a convincing 11-5 victory against a first-place club.

Alec Mills will take the hill today against Mike Soroka. Al will have more about that game in the game post at 2:30 p.m. CT, Friday, after which I’ll post the actual URL to the stream at 3 p.m. CT. Or you can catch the game at the BCB Media Center and also catch past games and game videos, if you want the full #simCubs experience.

And now, here’s Cub Tracks 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.

Yu Darvish is hard as nails.

“It’s a fool’s errand, I think, to try to predict what next year would look like or the next five years. That’s just the reality of the world we’re in. But look, honestly, I appreciate Kris’ comments. I know he loves being here, and he knows that we love having him as part of the organization. But ... we’re at such a critical juncture that, as we sit here today on July 10, 2020, the currency of the game truly is health and safety.

“And soon, we’ll incorporate wins and losses as a secondary consideration and secondary form of currency. But, dollars and cents, to delve too deeply into that and discuss contractual situations, it gets to a point where it’s just, if you talk too much about it, it becomes inappropriate given the realities of everything going on in the world and where our focus truly is right now.” — Theo Epstein.

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