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Anthony Rizzo: 'I want to play' in Cubs' home opener

11 April, 2018, 12:42 | Author: Sylvester Abbott
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Some Cubs fans ventured south to Guaranteed Rate Field to watch the White Sox take on the Rays.

The Bucs are hot but they'll send a struggling Ivan Nova to the hill in Chicago on Monday afternoon. Nova allowed five runs in 5.1 innings against the Twins last time out, and he was tagged with his first loss of the season.

The Cubs remain the last team in the majors to not have played at home this season after opening the year with nine straight road games.

Cubs manager Joe Maddon told reporters he would rather sit Rizzo on Monday with an off day coming Tuesday than to make matters worse. He conceded 10 runs in 16.2 innings against the Cubs last season, and he owns a 2-1 record with a 4.09 ERA in 22 career innings against Chicago.

On Tuesday, it will be Tyler Chatwood to start things off for the Cubs club, as first baseman Anthony Rizzo has missed the last three games due to stiffness in his back and wasn't scheduled to start on Monday. It began the season with a 5-4 road trip to Miami, Cincinnati and Milwaukee. Josh Harrison is 0 for 5 against Chatwood, while Gregory Polanco is 2 for 6, and David Freese is 3 for 9.

However, the team's batting average of.223 is fourth from the bottom. Two batters later, Thames tied with game with a homer to straightaway center off starter Kyle Hendricks. Tuesday was previously scheduled as an off day.

I am taking the Cubs in this one. After first pushing back the game an hour, the Cubs ultimately made a decision to postpone until Tuesday afternoon, which was a day off in the schedule for just such an eventuality. He allowed two runs in his first start against Minnesota and did not walk a batter, then threw the one-hitter Sunday against Cincinnati.

This is the second time this season the Cubs have had a game postponed, the first one being in OH against the Reds on April 3. "You can't play [Monday] and set myself back 10 days, or five or six days".

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