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44 Anthony Rizzo 1B
Height/Weight: 6-3/240 | Birthdate: 8/8/1989 | Birthplace: Fort Lauderdale, FL | Bats/Throws: L/L | Team: Chicago | College: None | MLB Experience: 5 | Salary: $498,000 | Owned/Started%: 100/99 | Average Draft Position: 20.86
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Cubs 1B Anthony Rizzo ties career-high with six RBI on Saturday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/24/2015) Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo was the hero in Saturday night's come-from-behind win over the Diamondbacks. Rizzo went 2 for 5 and tied a career-high with six RBI. 

In the fifth inning, Rizzo cleared the bases with a three-run double to give the Cubs a 4-2 lead. Then, with the game tied at six in the top of the ninth, Rizzo hit a three-run home run to put the Cubs up 9-6, which would be the final score.

The homer was Rizzo's ninth of the season and the six RBI give him 29 on the year. 


Cubs' Anthony Rizzo gets three hits, two RBI


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/15/2015) Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo went 3 for 7 in Friday's 12-inning win over Pittsburgh. Rizzo extended his hitting streak to eight games and increased his average to .341. 

Rizzo hit a solo home run, his eighth of the season, and drove in two runs, giving him 22. 


Cubs' Anthony Rizzo hit twice Thursday, leads majors in HBPs


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/14/2015) Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo went 1 for 2 with an RBI in Thursday's 6-5 win over the Mets and was hit by a pitch twice, the second for the major league-leading 11th time this season.

"Getting on base is the name of the game," Rizzo said while wearing a large ice bag on his thigh after Thursday's game, per MLB.com. "I don't like getting hit by any means, but I have no idea [why it's happening]."

The Cubs' single-season mark for getting hit by pitches is 17, and the first baseman was hit 15 times last season.

"Hopefully, it stops at 11," Rizzo said.

Rizzo has hit .336/.470/.597 with seven home runs, 20 RBI and seven stolen bases in 119 at-bats.


Cubs swap Anthony Rizzo, Kris Bryant in batting order


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/14/2015) Cubs manager Joe Maddon swapped first baseman Anthony Rizzo and third baseman Kris Bryant in the batting order for Thursday's contest against the Mets.

Rizzo, who has been in the No. 3 hole 25 times this season, was moved to the second spot in the order. Bryant will bat third for just the second time this season, and the first time since May 6.

Bryant has homered three times in May, and is hitting .297 (11 for 37) with a double, a triple and nine RBI in his last 10 games. Rizzo is also having a strong month, hitting .347 (17 for 49) with four doubles, one triple, five homers and 10 RBI in 13 games this month.

Chicago is favored (-118) at Wrigley Field against the Mets, per VegasInsider.com.


Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo crushes seventh home run


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/11/2015) Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo went 1 for 4 at the plate in Chicago's 4-3 win over the Mets on Monday. Rizzo did his damage in the first inning when he ripped a solo home run over the right field wall off of Jacob deGrom, his seventh of the season.

Rizzo moved his average to .327 with 19 RBI in 113 at-bats this season.


Cubs 1B Anthony Rizzo drives in two runs Friday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/8/2015) Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo went 2 for 5 at the plate with two RBI during Friday's 7-6 win over the Brewers.

Rizzo hit a solo home run in the fourth inning off Jimmy Nelson for his sixth home run of the season. Over his last 11 games, Rizzo is 14 for 42 with four home runs and 10 RBI. He is now batting .330 on the season


Cubs' Maddon on Anthony Rizzo: 'He's just really good right now'


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/7/2015) Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo is off to a stellar start in May. He has hit safely in each of his six appearances this month and has homered three times in that span.

Rizzo, however, has been on a pretty good run for nearly a month now. He has a .377/.495/.675/1.170 slash line over his last 21 games.

"He's just really good right now," Cubs manager Joe Maddon said of Rizzo, per MLB.com. "I think he's one of the top five best at-bats in all of baseball, if you want to look at it that way. At-bat per at-bat, this guy is engaged in every pitch, every pitch. He doesn't give anything away at any time.

"He's one of the few major league players who has a legitimate two-strike approach. It's something I've preached in the past; it's hard to get guys to do it. He has a legitimate two-strike plan, which is beautiful to watch."


Cubs 1B Anthony Rizzo collects three RBI during Wednesday's win


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/6/2015) Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo drove in three runs to help lead the Cubs to a 6-5 win over the Cardinals on Wednesday.

Rizzo's big hit came when he connected on a two-run home run off Lance Lynn in the third inning. He finished the game 2 for 4 and is now batting .341 on the season.


Anthony Rizzo goes 3 for 4 in Cubs' loss


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/6/2015) Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo went 3 for 4 in Tuesday's loss to St. Louis. Rizzo extended his hitting streak to six games and lifted his batting average to .333.

Rizzo scored twice and hit his fifth double of the season.  


Shocker: Cubs 1B Anthony Rizzo steals career-high seventh


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/5/2015) Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo slugged his fourth home run Monday night. No big deal there. He hit 32 last season.

But Rizzo also stole his seventh base in the loss to St. Louis. Big deal. That's a career-high and we're barely into May.

What is most intriguing is that Rizzo, who has never been considered a speed demon by any stretch, has all seven stolen bases in his last 15 games.


Cubs' Anthony Rizzo hits first triple of season


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/3/2015) Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo hit an RBI triple in the bottom of the fifth inning during Sunday afternoon's 5-3 loss to the Brewers. 

This was Rizzo's first triple of the season. A year ago, Rizzo only recorded one triple for the entire year. 

Rizzo's triple to center field came on a first pitch from Jimmy Nelson and scored Dexter Fowler. Rizzo finished the game 1 for 4, which included striking out once. He now as a slash line of .321/.471/.513. 


Cubs' Anthony Rizzo, Addison Russell survive collision


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/2/2015) Cubs second baseman Addison Russell and first baseman Anthony Rizzo collided in the second inning of Saturday's game.

The two infielders were chasing a bloop single to short left field and crashed into each other.

"That was full speed," Rizzo said. "Luckily, it was more bodies colliding than heads." 

Both players stayed in the game and contributed to the Cubs' offense in a loss to Milwaukee.

Rizzo went 1 for 3 with a solo home run, his third of the year, to produce the only run of the day for Chicago. Russell singled and went 1 for 3.  


Cubs' Anthony Rizzo, Jorge Soler swap lineup spots Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/28/2015) Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo has been moved up to the No. 2 spot in the batting order for Tuesday's matchup with the Pirates, while Jorge Soler has been bumped down one spot and is batting third.

It's the third time in a row that manager Joe Maddon has used this configuration against a lefty, with Rizzo batting behind Soler in the team's last eight matchups with a righty. The lefty first baseman actually performed better against lefties last season, hitting .300/.421/.507 with eight home runs in 140 at-bats, and the trend has carried over this April.

The Cubs are favorites (-117) against the Pirates Tuesday.


Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo adds a pair of hits Tuesday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/22/2015) Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo went 2 for 4 at the plate in Chicago's 9-8 win over the Pirates Tuesday. Rizzo, who was also hit by a pitch, singled twice and scored two runs in the contest. 

Rizzo is swinging a hot bat to start the season, posting a .302/.475/.395 slash line in 43 at-bats to start the year. In five games batting from the two slot, Rizzo 6 for 19 with a home run and three RBI.


Cubs' Anthony Rizzo hits home run in win over Reds


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/15/2015) Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo hit a two-run home run during Wednesday night's 5-0 win over the Reds. 

Rizzo hit his homer in the first inning, scoring himself and Dexter Fowler. Rizzo finished the game 1 for 4. He now holds a slash line of .240/.429/.360. 


Anthony Rizzo goes two for two in Cubs loss


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/10/2015) Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo went two for two in a 5-1 loss to the Rockies on Friday. 

Rizzo scored the only run of the game for Chicago. He was also hit by a pitch twice. 


Cubs' Anthony Rizzo has reached base safely in 16 straight games


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/10/2015) Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo heads into Friday's game against the Rockies having reached base safely in his last 16 games dating back to last season, which is the longest active streak in the majors, per the Chicago Tribune.

Rizzo has yet to record a hit in four at-bats this season, but he has a walk in each of his first two games. He also has one run, one hit by pitch and two strikeouts.


Cubs batting Jorge Soler second, Jon Lester eighth Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/5/2015) The Cubs announced the starting lineup for Sunday's season opener against the Cardinals, with right fielder Jorge Soler slotted into the second spot of the lineup.

Soler spent most of his brief action in 2014 batting fourth or fifth, but he'll slot in between center fielder Dexter Fowler and first baseman Anthony Rizzo Sunday.

The full Cubs lineup Sunday: CF Fowler, RF Soler, 1B Rizzo, SS Starlin Castro, LF Chris Coghlan, 3B Mike Olt, C David Ross, SP Jon Lester, 2B Tommy La Stella.

Ross draws the start at catcher with former Red Sox teammate Lester on the mound. Manager Joe Maddon will bat the pitcher eighth, Olt and La Stella join Rizzo and Castro in the infield for the team's first game, with Arismendy Alcantara set to come off the bench.


Cubs' Anthony Rizzo gets chance batting leadoff Saturday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2015) Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo is better known as a power hitter. But Saturday, the club gave him a chance to bat leadoff in a split-squad game.

"I think I'm your prototypical leadoff hitter," Rizzo said. "I'm going to try to see some pitches, get on base. We don't steal much on this team anyway."

Rizzo, who normally bats third in the order, gave the lineup a breath of fresh air, according to manager Joe Maddon.

"It kind of freshens them up a bit," Maddon said. "The big thing is to protect him, and if you don't, he's not going to get pitched to."


Cubs' Rizzo not concerned about lack of HRs during spring training


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/24/2015) Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo, who hit a career-best 32 home runs in 2014, has yet to hit a home run in 12 spring games. He is batting just .129 (4 for 31) with one double and four RBI.

“I feel great,” Rizzo said, per MLB.com. “It’s really weird. I hit some good balls but they haven’t found a hole. Overall, I feel like I’m having really good at-bats."

Hitting home runs in spring training seems to elude Rizzo every year. He had no home runs in 18 spring games in 2013 and hit just two last year in 18 spring games.

“I haven’t hit a homer in two years in spring training,” Rizzo said, apparently forgetting the pair of home runs he hit in 2014. “It’s just not in my cards. All I care about is I’m seeing the ball real well.”


Cubs might bat Anthony Rizzo second at times this season


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/5/2015) Anthony Rizzo has primarily hit third in his major-league career with the Cubs, but manager Joe Maddon is toying with the idea of batting Rizzo second when he opts to hit the pitcher eighth in the lineup. 

“I liked Jimmy Edmonds batting two,” Maddon said when Edmonds was an Angel, per ESPN. “I liked when we put him in the two hole. When you get a better hitter like that in the lineup, you want someone at the bottom to feed him.” 

Rizzo would like to stay in the same spot in the lineup, but he said he is just focused on getting his timing down at the plate.

“I think everyone would like one spot but it doesn’t matter to me,” Rizzo said Thursday. “I just want to see a live at-bat first before I worry about where I’m hitting.” 


Cubs 1B Anthony Rizzo: 'We're going to win the NL Central'


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/15/2015) It seems Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo is pushing all of his chips into the middle of the table. When talking to the media Thursday, Rizzo didn't hold back on his expectations for the Cubs in 2015.

"We're going to win the NL Central," he said. 

The Cubs finished last in the NL Central in 2014 with a 73-89 record. The last time they finished above fifth in the NL Central was 2009. The last time they won the NL Central crown was 2008.

The Cubs have been active this offseason. They hired manager Joe Maddon, who won the AL pennant with the Rays in 2008 and took Tampa Bay to the playoffs four times. They signed ace Jon Lester and traded for catcher Miguel Montero. The Cubs also have a loaded farm system, with some close to major-league-ready talent in Kris Bryant, Addison Russell and Jorge Soler.


Anthony Rizzo gets planned off-day


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/16/2014) Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Reds, but not due to a setback with his back. Rizzo is getting a planned day off after making his return to the lineup following a three-week absence Monday.

He is expected back in the lineup as early as Wednesday's series finale.


Anthony Rizzo returns to lineup


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/15/2014) Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo, who hasn't played since Aug. 26 because of a back strain, was back in the lineup Monday against the Reds.

Rizzo at one point talked like he could miss the rest of the season with the injury but expressed optimism after picking up a bat last week. He was batting .289 (48 for 166) with 12 home runs in his final 42 games before the injury.


Anthony Rizzo targeting Monday return


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(9/14/2014) MLB.com reports that Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo is looking to make his return to the Cubs' lineup on Monday, when they open up a home series against the Reds. Rizzo has missed 17 games with a back strain, and he was out of the starting lineup again for Sunday's tilt at the Pirates.