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While no one was looking -- OK, I wasn't paying all that much attention -- the Chicago Cubs have crept into first place in the National League Central.  They're actually tied with the Milwaukee Brewers but the Cubbies' win percentage is one point better.

All this happened when the Cubs beat the Phillies, 5-4, in the bottom of the ninth at Wrigley Field last night.  We have Phillie relief pitcher Brett Myers to thank for edging the world one step closer to a cataclysmic event when he wild-pitched what proved to be the winning run from second to third and then from third to home.

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Just five weeks ago, the Cubs were 8 1/2 games out of first place.  The last time they were in first on Aug. 1 was four years ago when their World Series hopes were crushed (and the world itself saved), in part, by fan Steve Bartman snatching a foul ball from the grasp of Moises Alou.

Photo credit: John Bazemore/AP

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