Levine: Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo Take Matters Into Own Hands In Cubs' Win"Everybody depends on their big guys," manager Joe Maddon says.
Cubs Drop Anthony Rizzo To 2nd In Order, Will Bat Willson Contreras At Lead-OffThe Cubs have also called up Jeimer Candelario.
Cubs' Kris Bryant Leads NL 3rd Basemen In All-Star Voting, While Jason Heyward Drops To 4th Among OFsBryant leads all NL third basemen with nearly 1.98 million votes, outpacing the Rockies' Nolan Arenado and his 1.92 million votes.
Emma: Why Joe Maddon Bucks Convention With Top Of Cubs' OrderWill Anthony Rizzo remain the Cubs' leadoff man? Maddon might be convinced.
Watch: Cubs' Anthony Rizzo Continues Lead-Off Streak With HRRizzo has now reached base to open the game in seven straight lead-off starts.
Levine: Cubs' Anthony Rizzo Shares New Perspective On Home-Plate CollisionIt was the home-plate collision with a catcher heard 'round the world. Rizzo was chastised -- but not punished -- by the league.
MLB Informs Cubs, Padres That Anthony Rizzo Violated Rule With Collision, But There Will Be No DisciplineThe league hasn't made any determination on discipline, though no player has ever been suspended for violating this rule.
Cubs' Maddon Doesn't Understand Uproar Over Rizzo-Hedges Collision, Adds It'd Be 'Egregious' For Padres To Retaliate"I thought it was a great play on both sides, and the Padres won that moment," Joe Maddon says.
Cubs' Anthony Rizzo Defends Plate Collision As 'Hard' Play While Padres Call It A 'Cheap Shot'Padres manager Andy Green called out Rizzo after a hard collision injured catcher Austin Hedges.
Levine: Anthony Rizzo Leading Off Brings Back Fun For Cubs"I don't have any problem with it, especially if we win," Rizzo says of leading off. "Doesn't matter where I hit in the lineup."
Lackey Deals, Rizzo Leads Offense As Cubs Beat Pirates, 7-1Chicago took two of three in Pittsburgh and improved to 34-34 this season.
Cubs' Jed Hoyer: Good To See Anthony Rizzo's Success At Lead-Off, But It's No Long-Term Solution This SeasonThe Cubs have used seven lead-off hitters this season, including Rizzo for the past two games.
Cubs Keep Anthony Rizzo At Lead-OffRizzo will once again lead off for the Cubs on Wednesday, a night after he went 2-for-4 with a walk and hit a lead-off homer.
With Rizzo At Lead-Off, Cubs' Bats Explode In 14-3 Shellacking Of MetsAnthony Rizzo led off with a homer following a surprising move to the top of the order, and Ian Happ hit his first career grand slam.
Anthony Rizzo Will Bat Lead-Off For Cubs Against MetsRizzo will be the seventh Cubs player to hit lead-off this season.