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Cubs, simCubs, and MLB news. Descalso replaced by Dietrich, and other pertinent nuggets of interest to the aficionado and the cognoscenti

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The Cubs and Yu Darvish faced the Brewers and Brandon Woodruff Friday night in the season opener. I had reservations, but attended the televised contest anyway. Doug Glanville was in the studio, and I love Doug, but the on-air crew, ouch. Matty V, meh. Can take him or leave him. But Rodriguez?

Talk about picking nature’s pocket. Isn’t his fifteen minutes up yet? I mean, I’m all for love in the time of Coleridge but there’s no repaying that kind of borrowing ... what an albatross around baseball’s neck that guy has turned out to be. You can only wax such ineloquence so much before it discloses that it is still guano and the poetic license gets suspended.

Kyle Hendricks started well and stayed that way. Ian Happ went bombs away. The season will last another day. Brandon Woodruff’s change is nasty, hey? Home plate was bigger than the Brandenburg Gate. Anthony Rizzo went deep anyway. Thought I’d something more to say.

Feeling good is over-rated.

Relax, Frankie says. Relax. We need some information first, adds Roger, helpfully. Can you show me where it hurts?

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.

The Cubs also signed outfielder Ryan LaMarre to a Minor League contract and he was assigned (along with Dietrich) to the alternate training site in South Bend, Ind. Lefty Burl Carraway (2020 second-round MLB Draft pick) was also added to the South Bend group and the 60-man player pool (currently at 57). — Jordan Bastian.

‘The one common thing is that we’re not making this about politics. We’re making this about what’s right, just like Jason said. We’re standing up for what we believe is right.’’ — Anthony Rizzo.

SimNews: The simCubs looked bad in a 3-0 drubbing by the stinkin’ simCards as the broadcast had issues as well, due to heavy rains in my area. Consequently there are no highlights — not that there were many. Jon Lester wasn’t his usual self in the rain-soaked contest — not that three earned runs are a lot, but the Cubs needed the respite a shutout provides. Kris Bryant continued his hitting streak at seven games— KB batted .371 in June and is well over .300 in July. He has had streaks of eleven and nine games in that span.

Ian Miller singled and was thrown out on a dart from left field, and drew a walk, and will appear in the outfield one more time Saturday as the ice-cold Kyle Schwarber takes a little rest against a tough pitcher. Nico Hoerner will play in center as Ian Happ moves over to spell a frozen Jason Heyward, who has struck out eleven times in 20 at-bats.

Saturday’s game will stream an hour or so later than usual, for those of you who watch. The link will come up in my Twitter feed.

Sunday we’ll go back to the regular lineup.

Food for thought:

Thanks for reading.