Here's the latest from around the web:
From Comcast SportsNet Chicago:
- It wasn't a great outing on Friday, but Jon Lester is turning a corner.
- Joe Maddon spoke about the recent outburst by Reds manager Bryan Price, saying that "it could happen to any one of us."
- Maddon also does not think that pitchers are deliberately targeting Anthony Rizzo.
- Javier Baez is coming back from his leave of absence. He'll spend some time initially at the team complex in Arizona before heading back to Iowa.
- Patrick Mooney writes that Kris Bryant embraces the hype while living up to the big expectations.
- Could Bryant handle center field for an extended period, if need be? His answer: "Yeah, why not?"
- The amount of fanfare that surrounded Bryant's call-up was "a whole different planet" from anything else that Chris Coghlan had ever seen when Giancarlo Stanton made his debut with the Marlins.
- [VIDEO] Danny Ecker from Crain's Chicago Business joined the SportsNet Central team to discuss the impact on ticket sales that could come from the call-ups of Bryant and Addison Russell.
- With his 1.035 OPS despite hitting a homer, Anthony Castrovince says that Kris Bryant is far more than the home-run hitter that he's expected to be.
- Joe Maddon wants to see the starting rotation pitch deeper into the game. What, five innings and change isn't cutting it?
- Maddon also appreciates the players answering the "All hands on deck" call when it comes to playing different positions.
- Jon Lester is not worried about his slow start in April, noting that he's usually not a fast starter.
- [VIDEO] Anthony Rizzo rode around the streets of New York with Gemma Kaneko from Cut4 answering rapid-fire questions including his favorite type of pizza and his preferred superpower.
From ESPN Chicago:
- Jesse Rogers writes that with the way the Cubs have been winning games, the season can't feel like much of a grind right now.
- He also says that the real Jon Lester is starting to appear after Friday night's performance.
- Anthony Rizzo doesn't like getting hit by pitches, but if it gets him on base he'll take the pain.
- It's time for Five Questions with... Addison Russell!
- [VIDEO] There's a Kris Bryant baseball card that's already worth in the ballpark of $50,000. And my 1989 Topps, Fleer, and Donruss cards still aren't worth the cardboard they're printed on.
From CBS Chicago:
- Julie DiCaro looks at five things that the Cubs are doing better this season.
From the Chicago Tribune:
- Scott Boras doesn't want to rekindle the Kris Bryant debate now that he's with the big club, but he does believe that changes in the collective bargaining agreement are necessary.
- As for Bryant himself, he just wants to see both sides get on the same page and figure everything out.
- Mark Gonzales pulls a few questions out of the Cubs' Mailbag.
- [VIDEO] Jon Lester talks about adjusting to pitching in the National League.
- [VIDEO] Jonathan Herrera talks about his role as a reserve for the Cubs.
- [VIDEO] Joe Maddon talks about close games and Jon Lester.
From the Chicago Sun-Times:
- With his outing on Friday, Jon Lester found a semblance of his groove. And because it's Gordon Wittenmyer who wrote it, it's actually his "big-money groove."
From Cubs Den:
- Alex Walsh looks at the early returns from Cubs' plate appearances and analyzes some interesting strikeout rates.
From Bleacher Nation:
- Which Chris Coghlan are the Cubs going to get this season?
- Brett Taylor looks at the great start to the season so far for Starlin Castro.
From Chicago Cubs Online:
- The next homestand will feature a few celebrations of Wrigley Field's football history.
- The opening of the international free agent market is getting closer and the Cubs are believed to have agreements with a number of players already.
- Breaking News: The tampering investigation is: Still. Not. Over. But it's getting closer!
From Cubs Insider:
- Evan Altman looks at the early returns from the Cubs' pitchers hitting eighth.
- It may have been a rough night at the plate Friday for Addison Russell, but the glove still definitely plays.
- The Cubs are doing extremely well at getting on base via a mixture of patience, power and contact.
- Former Cub Mark Grace considers himself to be a very lucky man to still have a role in the major leagues.
- Just how good is Kris Bryant? FanGraphs takes a look at what he's done so far.
Today's food for thought:
- [VIDEO] Here are some of the strangest restaurants and bars that the world has ever seen.
- A burglar in Petaluma, California was arrested on Friday. The cause of his capture: He was done in by tater tots.