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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%: 100/98 | Average Draft Position: 20.85
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Anthony Rizzo has four-hit game for Cubs


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(8/4/2015) Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo went 4 for 5 in Tuesday's win over Pittsburgh. 

Rizzo is 12 for his last 24 over the last six games. He doubled twice and scored twice. 

Rizzo had his first four-hit game since April 9 of last season. 


Cubs 1B Anthony Rizzo homers in fourth straight day Saturday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(8/1/2015) Has there been a hotter hitter over the last four days than Anthony Rizzo? The Cubs' star first baseman went 2 for 4 in Saturday's 4-2 win over the Brewers. He slugged a three-run home run, his fourth home run in four days.

Rizzo has been on fire in those four days, batting a ridiculous .533 with the four homers and nine RBI in that stretch. 


Anthony Rizzo gives Cubs the lead with three-run blast


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/30/2015) Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo homered for the second consecutive game on Thursday, as he went 3 for 4 with three RBI. 

Rizzo, who also doubled in the 5-2 win over the Brewers, launched his 18th home run--a go-ahead three-run shot--in the eighth inning, with the Cubs trailing 2-0. 


Cubs 1B Anthony Rizzo delivers two-run homer in win Wednesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/29/2015) Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo came through in the clutch with a big two-run home run in Wednesday's 3-2 win over the Rockies. Rizzo's blast gave the Cubs a 3-0 lead in the third inning, and they were able to hang on for the victory.

The homer, Rizzo's 17th of the year, was his only hit of the afternoon. The young star has been struggling at the plate over the last few weeks, as he's hitting just .132 with two RBI over his past 10 games. His season average has dropped from .294 to .279 over that stretch.


Cubs 1B Anthony Rizzo gets two hits, two RBI in win over Braves


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(7/18/2015) Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo went 2 for 4 with two RBI in Saturday's win over the Braves.

Rizzo is now hitting .357 with 10 hits, a home run and five RBI over his last nine games.


Cubs' Anthony Rizzo goes hitless in All Star Game


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/14/2015) Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo started at designated hitter in Tuesday's All Star Game, the first Cub to do so since Mark Grace in 1993. 

Rizzo went 0 for 2 in the game and is 0 for 3 in his career. Rizzo played in last year's game as well. 

Rizzo has never started a regular season game at DH in his MLB or minor league career. 


National League announces lineup for 2015 All-Star game


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(7/13/2015) The National League released its starting lineup for the 2015 All-Star game on Monday.

Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen will bat leadoff and play center. He will be followed by Reds 3B Todd Frazier at third, Nationals OF Bryce Harper in right field, Diamondbacks 1B Paul Goldschmidt at first, Giants catcher Buster Posey will be behind the plate, Cubs 1B Anthony Rizzo will DH, Cardinals infielder Jhonny Peralta will play shortstop, Dodgers OF Joc Pederson will be in left with Rockies infielder DJ LeMahieu at second.

Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke will be the starting pitcher and face Astros pitcher Dallas Keuchel.


Cubs 1B Anthony Rizzo ends HR drought at 13 games


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/7/2015) Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo homered during a 7-4 win in the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Cardinals. He connected for a two-run homer off Randy Choate in the eighth inning -- his 16th home run this season.

Rizzo went 2 for 3 with two runs, two walks and one strikeout. He ended his home run drought at 13 games.

He entered play Tuesday mired in a 4-for-32 slump in his previous nine games.


NL All-Star reserves, pitchers and Final Vote candidates revealed


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/6/2015) The National League All Star reserves and pitchers were announced on Monday evening, and there was no room for the reigning National League MVP.

Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw was not selected for the All Star team, although he's one of five candidates to take the final spot on the roster in the Final Vote. 

Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant made the team as an injury replacement for the Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton. Bryant is one of two rookies on the team, along with Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson

The Pirates sent two starting pitchers to the All Star team for the first time since 1960. MLB wins leader Gerrit Cole and fellow Pittsburgh starter A.J. Burnett will both be making their first appearance. 

National League reserves are:

Catchers: Yasmani Grandal, Dodgers; Yadier Molina, Cardinals
First basemen: Adrian Gonzalez, Dodgers; Anthony Rizzo, Cubs
Second basemen: DJ LeMahieu, Rockies; Joe Panik, Giants
Third basemen: Nolan Arenado, Rockies; Kris Bryant, Cubs
Shortstop: Brandon Crawford, Giants
Outfielders: Andrew McCutchen, Pirates; Joc Pederson, Dodgers; A.J. Pollock, Diamondbacks; Justin Upton, Padres

National League pitchers are:

Madison Bumgarner, Giants; A.J. Burnett, Pirates; Aroldis Chapman, Reds; RHP: Gerrit Cole, Pirates; Jacob deGrom, Mets; Zack Greinke, Dodgers; Mark Melancon, Pirates; Shelby Miller, Braves; Jonathan Papelbon, Phillies; Francisco Rodriguez, Brewers; Trevor Rosenthal, Cardinals; Max Scherzer, Nationals; Michael Wacha, Cardinals

The five candidates for the Final Vote are:

Johnny Cueto, Reds; Jeurys Familia, Mets; Carlos Martinez, Cardinals; Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers; Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies


Cubs give Anthony Rizzo day off Sunday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(7/5/2015) Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo was not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Marlins, reports MLB.com.

Rizzo was replaced at first by Mike Baxter, who will bat seventh. Rizzo is hitting .107 with one double and two RBI in his last eight games.

The Cubs are favored (-140) over the Marlins on Sunday.


Cubs 1B Anthony Rizzo finally tailing off


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/29/2015) For many players in baseball, what Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo is experiencing lately would be considered a typical stretch. For Rizzo, it's a slump.

Rizzo has been mashing for so long that his 4-for-17 run over the last five games comes as a surprise. He is 1-for-13 aside from a three-hit effort Thursday and has not homered since June 21.

That might not seem like a drought, but it is for Rizzo considering he clobbered seven in May and six over the first three weeks of June.

His .413 on-base percentage is at its lowest point since the opener.


Anthony Rizzo homers in Cubs' win


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/21/2015) Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo hit a solo home run in the first inning of Sunday's win over Minnesota. 

Rizzo hit his 15th home run of the year and fourth in the last five games, spanning 18 at bats. 

"The guy's got to be on the All-Star team -- let him play shortstop, I don't care," Cubs manager Joe Maddon said, per MLB.com. "I know there are other really good first basemen and it's probably the most loaded position there is, but what he's done is remarkable. I've not seen it in person."

Rizzo went 2 for 4, walked once and scored twice. He drove in his 43rd run of the season. 


Cubs 1B Anthony Rizzo blasts two solo home runs in loss Friday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/19/2015) Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo provided the only offense for his club on Friday, as the Twins defeated Chicago 7-2. Rizzo popped a pair of solo home runs, his 13th and 14th of the season.

The power-hitting Rizzo now has five home runs over his last 13 ballgames, and is batting .304 overall this season. 


Cubs 1B Anthony Rizzo blasts two-run home run on Wednesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/17/2015) Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo broke an 0-for-20 skin with a two-run home run in the first inning of Wednesday's game against the Indians. The home run, his 12th of the season, but the Cubs up 6-0, but they would go on to put up another 11 on the board to take the 17-0 victory.

Rizzo, who went 2 for 4 with the homer and a double on Wednesday, has cooled down at the plate recently. Over his last 10 games, he's batting .220 (9 for 41), though he still has a solid .303 batting average on the season.


Cubs 1B Anthony Rizzo records two RBI in multi-hit performance


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(6/11/2015) Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo has been pumping out multi-hit games with ease as of late.

He went 2 for 6 with two RBI in his team's 12-3 win over the Tigers on Wednesday. The multi-hit game was his fifth in his last six games.

For the season, Rizzo is hitting .327 with 11 home runs and 37 RBI in 208 at-bats.


Cubs' Anthony Rizzo snaps 12-game hitting streak


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/9/2015) Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo went 0 for 3 in Tuesday's loss to Pittsburgh.

It was Rizzo's first hitless game since May 24 and brought his 12-game hitting streak to an end.

Rizzo walked once in the game.  


Cubs 1B Anthony Rizzo still soaring on 12-game hitting streak


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/9/2015) When the batting average of Cubs slugger Anthony Rizzo fell to .316 on May 24, it was believed by many that an inevitable adjustment had begun.

After all, he had never hit better than .286 as a major leaguer.

Rizzo had an answer for the skeptics. He embarked on a 12-game hitting streak that has raised that average to .332, which ranks fourth in the National League. He is 17-for-44 during that stretch with six doubles and two home runs. His .608 slugging percentage is at its highest point since May 16.


Cubs 1B Anthony Rizzo crushes two home runs in loss Friday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/6/2015) Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo had a big night on Friday against the Nationals. Rizzo had two hits in four at-bats. Both hits left the yard, his 10th and 11th home runs of the season.

Rizzo hit a solo home run in the fourth and a two-run shot in the sixth inning, but it wasn't enough as the Cubs fell 7-5. 

"It's really been incredible to watch," Cubs manager Joe Maddon said, per MLB.com. "I have not really seen that level of offensive performance for that length of time. I'm talking the at-bats, the hits, the homers, the two-strike approach. His OPS is ridiculous right now. I know there are other guys out there, but personally, I have not seen anything quite that good."

Rizzo extended his hitting streak to 10 games. During that stretch, he's batting .361 with two home runs and five RBI. 


Cubs 1B Anthony Rizzo continues to improve vs. southpaws


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/4/2015) Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo continues to make great strides hitting left-handed pitchers. After batting .208 in 2012 and .189 against lefties in 2013, Rizzo hit .300 off lefties in 2014 and is batting .429 against southpaws in 2015.

"I honestly just think about being as short as I can (with the swing) against lefties," Rizzo said, per the Chicago Tribune. "I’m not trying to do too much off them.

"It’s all confidence, really. The ball is falling. A couple hits fall, and you feel good. I’m seeing the ball very well off them."


Cubs 1B Anthony Rizzo extends hitting streak to five games


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(5/31/2015) Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo is torching pitchers as of late. He went 2 for 5 and extended his hitting streak to five games in his team's 2-1 win over the Royals on Sunday.

Rizzo is hitting .318/.439/.572 with nine home runs and 29 RBI in 173 at-bats this season.


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.