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Here at CUB TRACKS NEWS AND NOTES™, we read the news today, oh boy. The Cubs played a hump day game against their arch-rivals the Cardinals, and. More about that below.

I saw the news about a possible sportsbook at Wrigley (also on the front page) to continue the desecration of a once-proud and now vainglorious site. Sort of appropriate as the Cubs continue to gamble with the fans’ affections, though. It’s as if they truly don’t care and believe that there will always be 39,000 asses in the seats, no matter what they do. Nothing to get hung about. Wrigley-Ricketts Field forever. The proposed legal change also includes Guaranteed Rate Field, Soldier Field, United Center and Wintrust Arena, who I assume are making similar plans.

I so don’t want this to happen, but you can’t always get what you want, to put a little more English on the ball. Everybody’s got something to hide.

Rafael Ortega’s been hiding hits in his bats, apparently. He was the story early as a surprise leadoff man and made David Ross look positively sagacious by hitting rockets in his first two plate appearances, including his run-scoring triple in the third inning.

Ian Happ played a little defense.

Adam Wainwright hides his age pretty well. He’s not even young by my standards, and his pitches are not what they used to be, but he’s still effective. Kyle Hendricks probably throws harder than Waino, now. He’s not so bad, himself. Cubs ace Hendricks was going for his 13th win. A pitchers’ duel resulted, as was expected. The Cubs took that early-one run lead and held it until the seventh, when a wild Contreras throw on a third-base-line dribbler opened the gates for a couple of runs. Fan favorite Eric Sogard tied the game in the ninth with a pinch double to get Hendricks off the hook.

Arg, Rizzo. That was some really bad baserunning. Just hold the bag. Could have cost the Cubs the game.

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