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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 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.


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.