Baez to bat 2nd in Wrigley debut

August, 8, 2014
8/08/14
11:21
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Rogers By Jesse Rogers
ESPNChicago.com
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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

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Jesse joined ESPN Chicago in September 2009 and covers the Chicago Cubs for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN Radio 1000.

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Starlin Castro
BA HR RBI R
.292 14 65 58
OTHER LEADERS
HRA. Rizzo 32
RBIA. Rizzo 78
RA. Rizzo 89
OPSA. Rizzo .913
WJ. Arrieta 10
ERAT. Wood 5.03
SOJ. Arrieta 167