Published: Mon, April 02, 2018
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

Rebuilding Marlins open against formidable Cubs

Rebuilding Marlins open against formidable Cubs

Ian Happ homered on the first pitch of the major league season, and Anthony Rizzo made his emotional homecoming even more memorable with a home run, leading the Chicago Cubs past Derek Jeter's Miami Marlins 8-4 today.

Before Rojas broke through, the game's only two runs came in the third inning.

Not only did Happ's leadoff homerun spark an early rally for the Cubs, but it also meant that Cubs reporter Michael Cerami had to take a dip into Lake Michigan. Updates 8th paragraph with 1986 was only other home run on first pitch of season. Both teams are wearing patches with the initials "MSD" and 17 stars to honor the number of lives lost in the shooting.

On Friday, Rizzo will host the Stone Douglas baseball team and the victim's families at the ballgame.

An inning later, Anthony Rizzo earned a standing ovation from the entire stadium, the cheers mixed with tears. The Cubs would build a three-run lead but lose it in the third during a sloppy third, but a strong finish guaranteed a successful opening day. A lively crowd of 32,151 on a mild, sun-splashed afternoon - with the retractable roof open - made Marlins Park sound like Wrigley Field at times.

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But the Cubs bats bailed him out immediately as Willson Contreras' double in the top of the fourth gave the Cubs the lead back. Stanton's first HR was a 426-foot, two-run drive to right measured at 117.3 miles per hour.

Meanwhile, Jon Lester gets his third opening start in four seasons with the Cubs, looking for a quick start to a rebound season after missing his coveted 200-inning mark past year. Steve Cishek did a great job out of the Cubs bullpen as he went 1.2 innings while allowing just one hit, two strikeouts and earning the win.

"I didn't throw the ball very well at all", Lester said.

Giants 1, Dodgers 0 • Joe Panik homered off Clayton Kershaw in the fifth inning and San Francisco beat host Los Angeles, dealing the three-time NL Cy Young victor his first loss in his franchise-record eighth consecutive opening start.

Another newcomer, Tayron Guerrero, struck out the first four batters he faced before allowing Schwarber's homer.

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