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Welcome to today’s episode of Cub Tracks news and notes™, a greatest-hits collection of Chicago-style beat writers and bloggers, ground from #Cubs, #MiLB, and #MLB baseball, overheated, steeped in writers’ tears, and then cold-brewed overnight for maximum flavor.

The Cubs did some things Friday before the game. They signed first-round draft pick Matt Shaw, assigned Alexander Canario to Triple-A Iowa, and continued light work for Dansby Swanson and Nick Madrigal. Miles Mastrobuoni and Jared Young remain with the team, for now.

The Professor is following himself:

The trade deadline nears. It’s all most baseball writers are writing about. We’ll have to get used to that.

Hendricks (3-2, 3.04) toed the rubber opposing young Boston hurler Brayan Bello (6-5, 3.04). It didn’t go as well for the Cubs as it might have, despite a pair of Bellinger bellringers. Rafael Devers happened, among other things. Al has details in his recap.

Iowa beat Zach Plesac though. Canario knocked in a run in the pivotal inning. They’re 51-35.

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