Rebuilding Marlins open against formidable Cubs

Rebuilding Marlins open against formidable Cubs

Rebuilding Marlins open against formidable Cubs

Minutes before the Miami Marlins and Chicago Cubs opened the 2018 season on Thursday, Bleacher Nation's Cubs reporter Michael Cerami tweeted he would jump into Lake Michigan if Chicago's Ian Happ hit a leadoff home run.

Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo, a Stoneman Douglas alum, watched as his former High School won 15-0 on Tuesday night and will host the team at Friday's game as well, according to ESPN.

"He's not satisfied with a year ago, and I think he's ready to do something about it", manager Joe Maddon said. But a lively crowd of 32,151 on a mild, sun-splashed afternoon - with the retractable roof open - hinted at the franchise's potential if Jeter can build a victor.

Kyle Schwarber also homered for Chicago, which overcame two errors and a rocky start by Jon Lester. Newcomer Steve Cishek (1-0) stranded four runners in two scoreless innings.

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The Cubs bullpen, revamped after a dismal 2017 postseason, shut out Miami over the final 5 2-3 innings, allowing only one hit. Garrett Cooper's single would bring home the tying score, which was all part of an early day for Lester, who went just 3 1/3 innings, allowing three earned runs with three strikeouts compared to three walks.

In the wake of Jeter's offseason payroll purge, 12 Marlins made an opening day roster for the first time.

That included a thrilling start to the Major League Baseball season - a solo homer from leadoff hitter Ian Happ on the first pitch of the game.

"Our guys are going to get better as this year goes", manager Don Mattingly said, "but I don't see us backing away from anybody".

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