The primary weakness , understanding when to be quiet, Yu sinister, and other bullets"George Castle (Chicago Tribune* {$}): Niles West grad George Kontos gets to work after signing minor-league deal with Chicago Cubs.Here’s today’s Cubs News and Notes. As always * means autoplay on, or annoying ads, or both (directions to remove for Firefox and Chrome).Joe Maddon was mic’ed up [Video].Dan Szymborski (Fangraphs): 2019 ZIPS projections - Chicago Cubs. “The outfield remains the primary weakness of the team...”Sahadev Sharma (The Athletic {$}): How do you lead? ‘If you want to win鈥ou gotta say something,’ says former Cubs leader David Ross. “My saying to people all the time is that you gotta give some love,” Ross said. Paul Sullivan (Chicago Tribune* {$}): Cubs’ millennial players are digging Joe Maddon’s message. “Very groovy,” Maddon said after Wednesday’s workout.Bradford Doolittle (ESPN+ {$}): MLB starting pitcher tiers: New wave of aces rises above game’s changes. “Cubs fans will no doubt note that they have four pitchers rated in Tier III. It seems fitting for where Chicago’s staff is at.”Gordon Wittenmyer (Chicago Sun-Times* {$}): What’s Cubs right-hander Yu Darvish got left? Almost 80 mph, that’s what. “During his recovery from Tommy John surgery in 2015 Darvish threw left-handed a lot. He said at one point in that stretch a radar gun clocked his hardest lefty throw at 79.”Evan Altman (Cubs Insider): David Ross encouraging Willson Contreras to stay ‘Nice and Quiet’. “...understanding when to be quiet and when to get loud will go a long way toward helping him elevate his game.”Mark Gonzales (Chicago Tribune* {$}): David Bote standing tall after fine rookie season. “When you’re hunched, things are going to be a problem,” Bote said.Michael Cerami (Bleacher Nation): Where will Ian Happ get his at-bats next season? How about everywhere, including 2B. “The answer, then, is not necessarily to find one position Happ can play every day, but ensuring that he can play almost every position on any one given day.”Tony Andracki (NBC Sports Chicago*): Javier Baez is going to make sure the Cubs learned their lesson last fall. “Baez has a way of holding his teammates accountable without throwing anybody under the bus.”Jordan Bastian (*): Baez expects more from self Kyle Hendricks Jersey , Cubs’ lineup. “I’m trying to have a better year than last year,” he said.Bruce Miles (Daily Herald {$}): Baez motivated to get back among league’s elite. ““It was nice to be one of the last three,” he said, referring to himself, Christian Yelich, and third-place finisher Nolan Arenado of the Rockies.”Brett Taylor (Bleacher Nation): Jed Hoyer is ready to bet on Kris Bryant as the MVP. “I expect him to have another MVP season,” Hoyer told Tom Verducci without hesitation. “I’d bet on it right now [with] the way he looks so far in camp.” Evan Altman (Cubs Insider): Bryant back to blasting ‘Effortless’ homers with old swing. “...I’d say we’re in for the best Kris Bryant we’ve seen yet.”food for thought: KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Terrance Gore has carved out a most unusual big league career, one that’s had him on base more often than in the batter’s box.In an era marked by big swingers and advanced analytics, Gore showed Sunday that a speed specialist can have plenty of value in the late innings.The pinch-running extraordinaire stole a base and then scored on Hunter Dozier’s single in the ninth, lifting the Kansas City Royals over the Cleveland Indians 9-8 to complete a three-game sweep of the AL Central favorites.Ryan O’Hearn led off the ninth with a walk against Brad Hand (0-1) and was replaced by Gore. He swiped second and advanced to third on a throwing error by catcher Roberto Perez, and Dozier then singled to left for Kansas City’s first walk-off win of the season.“I looked at (Hand) before I went out there and saw his pickoff move,” Gore said with a wide smile. “I found the key to go on. I found a good pitch to go on. I saw the ball trickle out to center, and me being aggressive. I went for third.”The Royals were questioned in spring training about using a roster spot for an almost one-dimensional player, but manager Ned Yost said Sunday is good evidence for Gore’s value.“My whole mindset was ‘Find a way on.’ If you get on Mike Montgomery Jersey , I felt like we were going to win,” Yost said. “We had Gore ready to pinch-run as early as the seventh.“I don’t know which was more crucial, Dozier’s hit or O’Hearn’s walk,” Yost added. “Probably O’Hearn’s walk, because without that, Dozier’s hit was just a single.”Gore has 31 stolen bases and taken just 25 at-bats in six major league seasons.“That’s why they have Gore sitting over there,” Indians manager Terry Francona said.The Indians had not been swept in a road series of at least three games since May 4-6, 2018, at Yankee Stadium.The Royals roughed up two-time Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber, who allowed 11 of his 18 batters to reach base safely. He gave up six runs, six hits and a career-most five walks in just 2 2/3 innings. The five walks doubled Kluber’s season total — he didn’t walk more than three batters in any game in 2018.“He started getting under some pitches,” Francona said. “I know he knew it, but he had a hard time self-correcting. He just hasn’t gotten to the point yet where he’s a consistent Kluber. He will, and we’ll all be thrilled. It’s still a work in progress. Even when your last name’s Kluber, sometimes it’s still a work in progress.”Royals starter Jakob Junis gave up five runs and eight hits through 6 1/3 innings.Lucas Duda , Whit Merrifield and Jorge Soler homered for Kansas City. Duda had two hits and four RBIs.Leonys Martin hit his second leadoff homer in five days for Cleveland during a three-run first inning. Martin had three hits, and Jake Bauers had two hits, including a tying two-run single to cap a three-run rally in the seventh.Wily Peralta (1-1) pitched the top of the ninth.TRAINER’S ROOMIndians: SS Francisco Lindor left to join Triple-A Columbus in Louisville for a rehab assignment. Francona said before Sunday’s game that Cleveland wanted to “give him one more day of back-to-back-to-back.” Lindor has not played this season, due to a right calf strain and a left ankle sprain.Royals: CF Billy Hamilton was not in the starting lineup, but manager Ned Yost said he “absolutely would be available” to play defense if necessary, but probably not to pinch run. He has a mild MCL sprain and a bone bruise on his left knee suffered when he crashed into the wall Thursday. Hamilton did not play.ROSTER NEWSThe Indians selected the contract of OF Carlos Gonzalez from Triple-A Columbus. He batted third and went 1 for 5.In a corresponding move, RHP Jefry Rodriguez was optioned to Columbus. Indians IF Brad Miller said he was designated for assignment, but the club did not announce it officially, or mention a corresponding move.UP NEXTIndians RHP Trevor Bauer (1-1, 2.29 ERA) will face Seattle’s Yusei Kikuchi (0-0, 4.15 ERA) when the Indians open a three-game series.Royals RHP Heath Fillmyer (0-0, 15.00 ERA) will pitch as the Royals open a three-game series against the White Sox in Chicago. Former Royal Ervin Santana (0-1, 17.18 ERA) will take the mound for the White Sox.

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