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The latest in our long-running series of #Cubs-related news articles. This one gets round.

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Welcome to today’s episode of Cub Tracks news and notes™. Here we have material from current beat writers, bloggers, and the occasional in-house habitué, moonlighting. These pieces center around #Cubs, #MiLB, and #MLB baseball.

What you don’t get here is finely-reasoned analysis. I don’t have the space. Cub Tracks is like K-Tel, we do the hits. Lots of material featured here will show up on the front page, in other forms. Or in the comments, unattributed, because, sadly, not everyone reads this work. Sometimes we even repeat ourselves.

We’re not looking to break stories, though sometimes we do, at least for this venue. Cub Tracks is in the infotainment business. We read all the news, so you don’t have to, and, should there be a season, we watch all of every game so that we can be informed. We sample the zeitgeist, which is a little like Malört, only slightly more poisonous. Take it in small doses, like a schmear on a good bagel. Remember, reality is for people that can’t handle drugs. Thank you, Tom Waits.

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Via Reddit: 41-year-old Tsuyoshi Wada (former Chicago Cubs pitcher) still going strong pitching 5 shutout innings in a preseason game against the Chiba Lotte Marines [VIDEO].

Cubs birthdays: Jim Hughey, Toby Atwell, George Gerberman, Ryan Freel. Also notable: Jim Rice HOF.

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