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The Cubs return home to THE EXTREMELY FRIENDLY CONFINES of Wrigley Field tonight, hosting the Giants. Having finally won a series on the road, though, is anyone else irrationally panicking that the Cubs’ home joojoo will now be reversed?

I sort of kid, but just as it was probably unreasonable to expect the Cubs to keep losing at a .371 clip on the road, it is also potentially unreasonable to expect them to keep winning at a .683(!) clip at home …

  • With the Cardinals beating the Brewers last night, the Cubs are now a half-game out of first place again in the Central. It’s fine. Just don’t get swept, Brewers.
  • As Michael noted last night, Ben Zobrist has departed from Iowa in favor of Tennessee as his comeback ramp-up moves along. There was still a lot we didn’t know, and Tommy Birch offers a little more clarity:

  • It sounds like Iowa Cubs manager Marty Pevey is expecting Zobrist will be back with the Iowa Cubs this coming weekend, so it’s possible Zobrist will see time before that with the Tennessee Smokies, who are currently playing in Jackson, Tennessee – about 45 minutes from Zobrist’s home outside of Nashville. Geographically, it would make some sense.
  • In any case, it’s also possible Zobrist will simply take a day or two, and then return to the Iowa Cubs for a final ramp-up. It seems increasingly likely that he will be able to return to the big league Cubs at some point this year, assuming he continues to feel physically well. Rosters expand to the full 40-man on September 1, but with David Bote optioned to Iowa, the Cubs will have flexbility in advance of that to bring up another utility man – be it Zobrist, or currently-rehabbing Daniel Descalso.
  • Good news on Willson Contreras’s hamstring rehab, as he’s over the pain at this point, and is just strengthening, per Theo Epstein.
  • Randall is so spot on:

  • Speakers, routers, jumpstarters, and sound machines are among your good Deals of the Day today at Amazon.
  • Luis and Michael TOOK OVER THE SCORE yesterday … OK, so that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but they were in the studio for a while with Joe Ostrowski:

  • And Luis was on an all out blitz, because he was also on SportsFeed:

  • Awesome moment as Carlos Carrasco, battling leukemia, gets back into game action:

  • Bears bits, both enjoyable and ridiculous:

  • Enjoy this many times:

Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.