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MLB: Washington Nationals at Chicago Cubs Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

Here at CUB TRACKS NEWS AND NOTES™, we like to keep things brief on the principle that it makes us appear wise. We don’t always, but we like to. Below please see artist representations of my regard for the White Sox’ manager, who is an ex-Cub and therefore relevant to our interests.

Thank you, Don Martin. You and John Madden have enriched my vocabulary in ways I didn’t know were possible. Next up? Interpretive dance? Oh wait, Yermin Mercedes already did that with Tyler Duffey. Thurmp ssst bup ka-tang!

Meanwhile, back at the ranch — the Cubs and Nationals continued their series Wednesday night as Jake Arrieta and Max Scherzer faced off. Both of them are max-effort, scary guys. I don’t think I would want to fight them. But I like to watch them on TV. Both pitched well. Scherzer maybe a little better, or more successfully, by the scorecard.

Anthony Rizzo and Javier Baez started the night on the pine. Maybe they were eating the meat loaf. They had back tightness. I watched Victor Robles and my toes made a fist. Ouch! Amazing that he stayed in.

Javy came in and played some, sent a big fly on its way in the ninth. Bet his back felt some better, after.

That was it, though. Al will have details in his recap.

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