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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.

Our old friend Trevor Cahill started Friday’s game, and was in a generous mood, leaving a lot of pitches over the plate. The Cubs’ suddenly renascent offense took a little advantage of this munificence, scoring a run in each of the first three innings.

In the meantime, Zach Davies looked a bit better, hitting the outer edges of the strike zone, where even hard-hit balls tend to find defenders waiting. JD made the point that the Pirates’ aggressive at-bats early were counterproductive as they didn’t allow Davies enough time to start missing his spots except for the odd wild pitch. He still got the ball up some but the Bucs were unable to take advantage of that. His line went 7 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K. Helped himself with the glove, too:

Joc Pederson forgot his Klingon cloaking device at first base after the first try.

Cubs relievers were up and down. In the end, Rx Brothers (not a typo) had the right medicine, though at first it was a bitter pill.

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 on this page as sarcasm font. (In the comments section, use @ before and after your remarks @ to produce sarcasm font. In the text body. It doesn’t work in the headlines.)

Don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time.” — Fred the cockatoo

About — **Great minds. It should be a sitememe.

** last time around I inadvertently edited out the paragraph that these asterisks referred to (but not the asterisks), which made the headline make less sense, with only JD’s quip to hang it on. I had written that Jake Marisnick and Matt Duffy need to stay in the order until (and if) they hit their way out, long before I saw Sara’s great article in the editing queue. Foresight is obviously not 20/20 but my thumb was clearly in the eye of the zeitgeist. That sentiment was in the air, and also common on the twitters. Still is, as we’ve two more articles on the subject.

Clearly I need all ten thumbs for typing and should stop thinking, as it’s hurting the team. Thanks for reading.