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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: 20.82
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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.

Anthony Rizzo remains sidelined Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/13/2014) Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo remains out of the starting lineup Saturday.

Rizzo has been sidelined since Aug. 26 due to a back strain, and he may end up missing the remainder of the season. He has hit 278/.375/.514 with 30 home runs and 71 RBI in 486 at-bats.


Anthony Rizzo still a no-go Friday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/12/2014) Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo hoped he could return to the lineup for the weekend series in Pittsburgh, but it won't be Friday night. He remains sidelined with a strained back.

Speculation seems to have cooled that Rizzo will miss the rest of the season, however. He has been out since Aug. 26.


Anthony Rizzo back this weekend?


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/8/2014) Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo was able to swing a bat Monday and thinks he could return for this weekend's series at Pittsburgh, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Rizzo has been out since Aug. 26 with a strained back and said earlier he'd be open to shutting down for the season. The 25-year-old has had a breakout season already, batting .278 with 30 home runs.


Anthony Rizzo remains out Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/6/2014) Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo is not in the lineup for Saturday's Game 2 against the Pirates.

Rizzo has been sidelined since Aug. 26 due to back issues, and he remains a candidate to be shut down for the remainder of the season at some point in the near future if his back doesn't start to improve soon. He has hit .278/.375/.514 with 30 home runs and 71 RBI in 486 at-bats.


Anthony Rizzo still a no-go with bad back


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/5/2014) A back injury that continues to plague Cubs slugging first baseman Anthony Rizzo has him sidelined again for the Friday afternoon game against visiting Pittsburgh.

Rizzo, who could be shut down for the rest of the season, has not played since Aug. 26. If he has indeed played his last game, he will finish the year with a fine stat line of .278/.375/.514 and 30 home runs.


Anthony Rizzo open to being shut down for season


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/3/2014) Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo said he could accept losing the rest of the season to a back strain despite the frustration.

"If I'm shut down, I'm shut down," he told MLB.com. "My main concern is being full strength in the offseason and getting ready for next year. Obviously, I want to come back and play - it's not fun sitting around and watching. We're not going to go crazy and rush to get back and have it re-occor over and over. We want this to be the first and last time it ever happens."

The Cubs have no plans yet to shut down Rizzo, who has been out since Aug. 26. He has emerged as one of the premier sluggers in the sport this season with a stat line of .278/.375/.514 and 30 home runs.


Anthony Rizzo has strained back; no DL at this point


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/2/2014) If rosters hadn't just expanded at the start of September, Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo would probably be on the disabled list with a back strain, the team announced Tuesday.

Rizzo had an MRI taken on his back which showed a mild lower back strain, an injury that has already cost him eight games. If the team was still restricted to a 25-man roster, Rizzo would have already been placed on the disabled list. He will try to rehab the injury while remaining active at this point, and the team is not considering shutting him down for the final month.


Anthony Rizzo out yet again Tuesday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/2/2014) Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo is not in the starting lineup Tuesday against the Brewers, as he continues to deal with a back injury. He has now missed eight games in a row as a result of this injury, the extent of which is still not known.

Anthony Rizzo sits out another one Monday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/1/2014) Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo was held out of the starting lineup again Monday against the Brewers. He has been sidelined since Tuesday because of a back injury. He is expected to have an MRI in the near future if the injury doesn't improve, MLB.com reports. He is hitting .278 with 30 homers and 71 RBI over 486 at-bats.

Anthony Rizzo sidelined a sixth straight game


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/31/2014) As expected, Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo did not return for Sunday's series finale at St. Louis. It was the sixth straight game Chris Valaika started for Rizzo, who is sidelined due to a back injury.

"He’s still day to day," Cubs manager Rick Renteria said Sunday, per MLB.com. "He came in [Saturday] and wanted to play. We have to make sure we’re prudent and playing this smart. We’ll give him another day and when we get back, we’ll see how he’s doing."


Anthony Rizzo to sit out Cardinals series


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/30/2014) Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo told reporters he does not expect to play at all in the team's current series against the Cardinals, as he tries to overcome ongoing back issues.

Rizzo has not played since injuring his back Tuesday, and will hope to take a few more days off to help it heal. The Cubs' next series begins Monday against the Brewers, and he will be looking to return to action then.  


Anthony Rizzo out for first half of doubleheader


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/30/2014) Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo will miss at least the first half of Saturday's doubleheader against the Cardinals, as he is not in the lineup for the first game.

Rizzo has not played since Tuesday due to a back injury, which has now cost him four games. Whether he will be active for the second half of the doubleheader is not yet clear. 


Anthony Rizzo out again Friday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/29/2014) Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo is out of the starting lineup yet again Friday against the Cardinals, as he continues to deal with a back injury.

Rizzo was hoping to return Friday, but the injury instead cost him his third game in a row. He has not played since suffering the injury during a rain delay Tuesday.  


Anthony Rizzo still sidelined Thursday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/28/2014) Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo missed his second game in a row Thursday against the Reds, as he continues to deal with a back injury.

Rizzo told MLB.com Thursday the injury first began bothering him during Tuesday's rain delay, but it shouldn't be an issue much longer. He hopes to return in time for Friday's series opener against the Cardinals.