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The latest in our long-running series of #Cubs-related news articles. Five more days of spring ball.

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

The Cubs played two Friday afternoon, beginning the last weekend of Spring Training. Final roster cuts loom, and it looks like my dark horse Alfonso Rivas is headed to Triple-A. This is unfortunate in that his bat plays, and he’s actually a decent corner outfielder, which he played plenty of at the old U of A, and could figure into that mix also, but the Cubs still have Jason Heyward. We can just hope he plays as little as possible and is as productive as possible. I can only stomach so many groundouts to the second baseman.

The game I saw wasn’t so great. The Brewers took the contest 5-3, and it wasn’t that close — the game wasn’t really in question after the Brewers’ four-run fifth inning, until the ninth, when Alexander Canario cranked a consolation bomb and Bryce Ball clouted the first base bag with a batted ball, resulting in two bases.

Greg Deichmann almost made it a tie but he had one two few biscuits for breakfast, and the Cubs dropped two, as the other game looked like it was even worse. Stuff happens, and the games don’t count until next week. Al has more details in his recap.

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Cubs birthdays: Jack Harper, Joe Stanley, Art Ceccarelli, Dick Radatz, Hector Cruz, Al Nipper, Jon Lieber, Hisanori Takahashi. Also notable: Hughie Jennings HOF, Luke Appling HOF, Don Sutton HOF.

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