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Happy birthday, Jason Heyward!
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The sim Cubs took the second of the three-game set against the sim Brewers and will go for the sweep today. Kris Bryant provided all of the groove the Cubs needed with a fourth-inning rocket to left-center with the bags juiced after Ian Happ had twice struck out in the same situation in the first and third, and the progression toward an eventual victory commenced inexorably as Kyle Hendricks was making overtures toward a Maddux until his movement was interrupted by a couple of Brewer doubles that resulted in runs and the Professor’s getting some rest, with his effort being a mere quality start instead of a masterpiece. The bullpen conducted themselves well and the eventual result was music to my ears. Plus, the Brewers charted four explosive hits in nine innings off the Cubs’ staff and that ain’t a bad note to end on.

Today Ryan Yarbrough (13-4) faces Freddy Peralta (4-4) at 3 p.m. CT, with the game post debuting at 2:30. All game video and related material is available commercial-free, 24/7 at the BCB Media Center. No game Monday.

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.

“Based on the information MLB has shared with us, postponing this series is a necessary step to protect the health and safety of the Cardinals and the Cubs ... While it’s obviously less than ideal, this is 2020 and we will embrace whatever steps are necessary to promote player and staff well being and increase our chances of completing this season in safe fashion.” — Theo Epstein.

Cubs birthdays: Ted Simmons HOF, Junior Kennedy, Steve Swisher, Bob Scanlan, Pat Mahomes, Ben VanRyn, Jason Heyward.

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