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Anthony Rizzo batting third in Cubs debut tonight

Jun 26, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

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Chicago made it official, calling up first base prospect Anthony Rizzo from Triple-A before tonight’s game.

And while the Cubs took their sweet time promoting him from Triple-A they wasted no time throwing him into the middle of the lineup. Rizzo is playing first base and batting third in his Cubs debut, pushing Bryan LaHair to right field and the No. 5 spot with Alfonso Soriano as the cleanup man and Tony Campana on the bench.

Between last season and this season Rizzo played 163 games at Triple-A, hitting .336 with 49 homers, 52 doubles, 163 RBIs, and a 1.075 OPS.

  1. redguy12588 - Jun 26, 2012 at 4:28 PM

    No pressure kid!

  2. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jun 26, 2012 at 4:52 PM

    Considering Castro, who would surprise me if he ever hit 15HR’s in a season, has been manning 3rd in the lineup, I think Rizzo will be just fine.

  3. btwicey - Jun 26, 2012 at 4:54 PM

    Frikin can’t wait!!

  4. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jun 26, 2012 at 5:21 PM

    Please be awesome!

  5. dakotablake - Jun 26, 2012 at 6:51 PM

    I hope this kid mashes, but given that Adam Lind is presently destroying PCL pitching, we should all curb our expectations.

    • larryboodry - Jun 26, 2012 at 7:23 PM

      Who’s Adam Lind?

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