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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Anthony Rizzo is the first cleanup hitter in baseball to hit a grand slam in the first inning this year as he homered after two singles and a walk to start the game for the Cubs. (ESPN Stats) It's his third career slam.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Joe Maddon discuss batting Kyle Schwarber second in the lineup on Wednesday. He starts by dismissing some recent strikeouts against lefties as Maddon takes the blame for starting him.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Koji Uehara (neck) threw a bullpen session today. He'll throw another one this weekend as he rehabs on the disabled list.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Joe Maddon has moved Kyle Schwarber up to second in the lineup while Ben Zobrist will lead off on Wednesday against the Reds. Schwarber broke a string of 8 consecutive strikeouts recently but has reached base since then several times including as a pinch hitter in the ninth inning last night when he singled. Ian Happ is in center with Alex Avila behind the plate.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Overheard on Wednesday: "It's good to be back out there with my pads on, with my teammates again." -- Bears running back Jeremy Langford who returned to practice for first time since spraining an ankle during a walk-through early in camp.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Wednesday's injury report: Bears receiver Markus Wheaton underwent surgery on his broken left pinkie finger, coach John Fox said. Cornerback Prince Amukamara did not practice because of a strained hamstring. Kyle Long missed practice because of a doctor's appointment.

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Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Chicago Bears John Fox discusses guard Kyle Long's frustration level following Long's removal from practice on Monday for fighting and his absence on Wednesday due to a doctor's appointment.

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Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Bears veteran receiver Markus Wheaton is also sitting out with a broken left pinkie finger.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Veteran quarterback Mark Sanchez is back at practice after missing a couple days with a sore ankle.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Bears cornerback Prince Amukamara (hamstring) is not practicing on Wednesday, but running back Jeremy Langford has returned from an ankle injury.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Chicago Bears guard Kyle Long is not present at Wednesday's practice. Head coach John Fox will address Long's absence after practice. Long was kicked out of Monday's practice for fighting.

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