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‘nuff said!

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 still have had no positive COVID-19 tests within their player group. Outfielder Ian Happ, who is Chicago’s rep to the MLB Players Association, credited the Cubs’ ownership, front office and staff on Monday for the resources available, and praised his teammates for their behavior both at and away from the ballpark.

“We had a discussion as a team [at the start of Summer Camp],” Happ said. “Everybody was on the same page as far as what was acceptable, what was not acceptable, how important it was for us to stay healthy, and the effect that you would have on your teammates, your teammates’ families.” — Jordan Bastian.

SimNews:

The simCubs advanced a level to 80-33. SimHendricks went to 14-3 and looked good doing it, and also drove in the Cubs’ third run with a second-inning single. All of the substitute Cubs got hits — Victor Caratini celebrated his new deal (5 years for $23m) by going 1 for 4 with a double and a run scored, Albert Almora Jr., who has looked decent since returning from Iowa, was 1 for 2 with two walks, and Nico Hoerner was 1 for 4. David Bote had a good day at 3rd base with a hit and a number of able defensive plays, and Kris Bryant had an errorless turn in left field. Ian Happ drove in the Cubs’ second run with a sac fly in the first.

Today’s game features sim Sean Newcomb facing off against newly-renewed sim Ryan Yarbrough (12-4, 3.14). KB returns to third base and Rizzo is back at first, one-two in the lineup. Kyle Schwarber returns to the order and will clean up. Nico Hoerner will be playing one more time at second against the lefty pitcher, and Greg Allen will start in center and bat eighth.

Tyler Olson has been recalled from Iowa and Tanner Scott was sent down. Ian Miller has been replaced by recent pickup Allen, who has a similar game with a little more pop and switch-hits. Both are at the end of their contracts and decisions will have to be made. Steven Souza Jr., and Almora are in that same boat.

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