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Baez to bat 2nd in Wrigley debut

CHICAGO -- Chicago Cubs infielder Javier Baez will play second base and bat second in his Wrigley Field debut Friday afternoon against the Tampa Bay Rays.

Baez, 21, is the first Cubs player in history to hit three home runs within his first three games. He homered once in his debut in Colorado on Tuesday and then two more times in Thursday’s 6-2 victory over the Rockies. Baez is the youngest Cub to produce a multi-homer game since Danny Murphy in 1961. Baez is 4-for-14 with five RBIs in the three games.

Anthony Rizzo returns to the lineup on his 25th birthday after getting a day off Thursday. Here’s the entire Cubs lineup facing the Rays and former Cub Chris Archer:

Chris Coghlan LF

Baez 2B

Rizzo 1b

Starlin Castro SS

Luis Valbuena 3B

Arismendy Alcantara CF

Ryan Sweeney RF

John Baker C

Tsuyoshi Wada P