- Jesse Rogers, Chicago Cubs beat reporter
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The rivalry: Manager Rick Renteria will get his first taste of Cubs-Cardinals. He was asked if he was aware of the rivalry.
"I’m going to find out," he laughed. "I don’t take one club more important than another, but if there is something there, great. We welcome it."
Who’s hot: Emilio Bonifacio has reached base at least once in every game this season but slowed down on Thursday going 0-for-4 with a walk. Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo each hit .500 on the just-completed six-game homestand, and pitcher Hector Rondon has a career-high, 14-inning scoreless streak to start the season.
Last season: The Cardinals were one of three teams to celebrate a playoff-clinching situation against the Cubs. On the last Friday of the season, the Cardinals beat the Cubs 7-0 to clinch the NL Central division.