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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Four ground ball outs, a called third strike and a pop up for Jesse Chavez in his debut for the Cubs as he goes 6 up and down in the team's 7-2 win in Game 1 of a doubleheader with the Cardinals.

La Stella's 2-run single extends Cubs' lead (0:18)

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

With his lead off triple today, Anthony Rizzo is hitting .588 with a .667 OBP when he leads off a game for the Cubs in his career (top or bottom of the first). He's slugging 1.529 with a 2.196 OPS.

1:34

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Jesse Chavez discuss joining the Cubs, making it the 9th MLB team of his career.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs have recalled Dillon Maples and Luke Farrell (26th man). Anthony Bass to the DL with a back muscle issue while James Norwood was optioned. Jesse Chavez is here wearing No. 43.

Vandersloot's board locks up triple-double (0:25)

Emily Kaplan ESPN 

After three offseason surgeries, offensive lineman Kyle Long was a full participant in the Bears' first practice. "I got to hit other guys and that was fun," Long said. "I don't look much into psychological hurdles. But a physical hurdle? Yes it was. I had a lot going on this offseason."

Emily Kaplan ESPN 

It was wet and stormy for the Bears' first training camp practice on Friday. New coach Matt Nagy said there was virtually no chance the team would practice inside (despite several showers during the two-hour period). "You don't want to have that mentality where you just always try to have perfect weather," Nagy said, adding adversity was good for his team — who, let's face it, plays in bad weather often.

Emily Kaplan ESPN 

Veteran offensive lineman Kyle Long — one of just five players on the active roster over the age of 30 — noted how old he feels around the Bears team. At the same time, Long is taking cues from the 23-year-old quarterback, Mitch Trubisky. "He's a grown man now," Long said of Trubisky. "He's got some bass in his voice. And he's really taken ownership of this locker room."

1:13

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Matt Carpenter discuss his 5 for 5 day which included three home runs and two doubles, all by the 6th inning. He came out of the game after his last HR.

Jay Cutler

Jay Cutler joins Waddle and Silvy and discusses his newly found reality show stardom, and whether or not he'd be open to a return to the NFL.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

According to Cubs historian Ed Hartig, this is the first time the Cubs have used two position players to pitch in a game since at least 1907. Catcher Victor Caratini was preceded by infielder Tommy La Stella as the Cubs are getting blown out by the Cardinals.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Matt Carpenter is the first player in at least the last 10 seasons with 4 extra-base hits in the first 4 innings of a game.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Jon Lester had one of his worst starts as a Cub. His 8 ER are tied for the most he's allowed since joining the team in 2015. It's also tied for most since 2012 and tied for 3rd most ever for him. He was pulled in the fourth inning with the bases loaded and no outs after giving up 7 hits and 5 walks.

1:18

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Brandon Morrow discuss his biceps injury which landed him on the DL.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs acquire righty Jesse Chavez for Tyler Thomas, lefty at Class-A South Bend. Chavez has been strictly a reliever this year but started 21 games last season and 70 in his career. He has a 3.51 ERA in 30 games this season. He's expected here by Saturday.