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Truly words cannot do justice to the things that Javier Baez can accomplish. It isn’t just that he does the things he does, but that he is so often in position to do them. That’s part of the magic, too.

Jon Lester tried to regain his own magic. Looked good for the second game in a row. That’d be a big boost to the playoff chances, if big Jon could be most of his former self. Not a ‘quality start’ but a quality start, and a step in the right direction.

I got a kick out of Taylor McGregor getting all over the field, up in the scoreboard, all of that. I don’t know whether I prefer her to Kelly Crull, but I like them both. (Flat-out) Much better than Heidi Watney on The Show anyway. I like Heidi too but those spots are gawdawful and you can’t fast-forward or skip them. I have seen those spots more than any human should have to.

The Cubs barreled all night but a lot of those were atom balls. Aaron Civale was as good as advertised. Willson Contreras was a hit, I mean he was hit.

Al will have details in his recap — I needn’t drone on and on.

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.

SimNews:

The simCubs are still stuck on 104 after Wednesday’s 8-2 drubbing at the hands of Trevor Williams and the Pirates. It’s no longer possible for Kyle Hendricks to win 20 and his pitching in the next two turns will depend on the progress of the Triple-A playoffs (currently Iowa and Reno are tied at one). Jon Lester will try to win his 14th today and start a new winning streak.

Ryan Tepera and Jeremy Jeffress have switched places for a few days, so that Tepera can get a little rest before the playoffs. Game time is 3 p.m. CT unless otherwise noted. All game video and related material is available commercial-free, 24/7, at the BCB Media Center.

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Thanks for reading. Let’s raise a toast to avocados!