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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.


There were some positives despite the final score. Anthony Rizzo broke out of his brief slump with a 3 for 4 day, with a home run (31) and a clutch late-innings single driving in three of the Cubs’ runs. He’ll be back at leadoff today. Willson Contreras (24) drove one out of the yard, as did Jason Heyward (17). David Bote had a clutch double. The Cubs were on their way to a one-run win but Craig simbrel had other ideas and coughed up the lead for his fourth blown save and then Dan Winkler allowed Christian Yelich to hit a bomb out onto the the Wrigleyville streets and Brad Wieck and Ryan Tepera melted down too and it took Trevor Megill to quiet things down, though he allowed an inherited runner to score.

For his trouble, Megill has been sent to Iowa. Alec Mills has been singularly ineffective in the rotation and will celebrate his extension by joining Jesus Luzardo in long relief as Max Fried will celebrate his extension by moving into the rotation. Newly acquired flamethrowing southpaw Tanner Scott will join the bullpen and celebrate his new deal.

Brandon Woodruff (9-1, 2.56) will face Jon Lester (13-5, 3.32) in the Sunday matinee as Lester tries to garner a one-year deal and more jewelry. The simCubs are still 79-32 and aren’t going anywhere except to the toppermost of the poppermost. On deck is a four-game series against the dangerous Atlanta Braves and then next weekend the simCubs will head to Wrigley North for three.

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