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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.

“He has stepped in and helped address some things that have been lingering for years, and for him to do that in the first two weeks (of the season) is really impressive.” — Theo Epstein on David Ross.

SimNews:

The simCubs succumbed to the advances of Felix Hernandez and the Braves and fell 5-4. Starter Max Fried allowed four earned runs in four innings, giving up two-run bombs to Charlie Culbertson and Marcell Ozuna. Fried wasn’t great but he wasn’t terrible — Ozuna is second in the league in home runs, two ahead of Rizzo. Fried did throw a ton of pitches, though, and nibbled a lot. The simCubs are still looking for a consistent fifth starter after Tyler Chatwood was consistently unable to get past the fourth inning and Brandon Palmer didn’t trust him to work out of jams.

Kyle Schwarber whacked a three-run bomb and Kris Bryant hit a sacrifice fly with nobody out and the bags jammed, but Javier Baez struck out and Schwarber’s long fly resulted in the third out. That strikeout turned out to be the pivotal moment of the game.

Cubs relief was mostly effective, but the one late run turned out to be the difference in a hard-fought game and the Braves bullpen was one better. Ryan Tepera took the loss and falls to 8-3.

Today Yu Darvish faces Mike Soroka in the fourth game of the series. Victor Caratini will be behind the plate and flash-frozen KB gets a day off as David Bote mans third base.

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