Anthony Rizzo could miss Cubs' home opener with back tightness

Apr 2 2018 Cincinnati OH USA Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Tyler Chatwood throws against the Cincinnati Reds during the first inning at Great American Ball Park

Anthony Rizzo could miss Cubs' home opener with back tightness

Ivan Nova will take the hill for the third time of the campaign, hoping to rebound from a rough outing.

Brewers starter Zach Davis struck out six and allowed only one run in six innings of work. Two groups of people stopped me on Waveland Avenue on my way from Wrigley to 35th and Shields - both of whom lived a two-hour drive away - to question why the Sox still were playing when the Cubs didn't.

Zobrist's infield single tied it at 2 and set the stage for Happ's big hit after a rough start to the season.

Patrick Celis drove in two runs, while Shane Mallens pitched four innings in relief and the Chiefs used a 12-run fourth inning to clinch their fourth win in six games. He is hitting.368 (14 of 38) this season with two homers and nine RBIs.

The Cubs bench was all smiles after the homer.

The last time that happened bad enough for a home opener to be delayed by snow came on April 8, 2003, when three inches of snow caused the game to be called in the morning.

After Kris Bryant was intentionally walked, manager Joe Maddon sent starting pitcher Jon Lester to the plate to hit for reliever Pedro Strop (2-0). Chatwood was sharp in his Cubs debut, limiting the Reds to one run in six strong innings, however he received little run support and was charged with the loss.

After the longest road trip to begin a season since 1899, the Cubs will get to sleep in their own beds this week. He has a 1.50 ERA in two career starts against the Pirates. The right-hander is 0-6 with a 5.89 career ERA against the Cardinals. It took three of four against Cincinnati in its previous series.

Lorenzo Cain #6 of the Milwaukee Brewers is unable to field a fly ball during the eighth inning against the Chicago Cubs at Miller Park on April 7, 2018 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Major League Baseball is officially back!

5-16 in Nova's last 21 road starts.

Jeremy Crafton and son, Lane, from Indianapolis, had tickets yesterday and spent the night in Chicago to make today's game. "Three shutouts in a seven-game homestand, that is probably the surprising thing for me". There is a chance for snow for the team's return to Chicago, and first baseman Anthony Rizzo also is questionable.

The Cubs had a scheduled off day Tuesday as protection against weather wiping out the home opener.

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