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High spin rates, Joe Maddon’s hot seat, and other bullets

Win it all or go home?
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I’m ready. Are you ready?

IT’S OPENING DAY!

Here’s today’s Cubs News and Notes. As always * means autoplay on, or annoying ads, or both (directions to remove for Firefox and Chrome).

STARRING:

CATCHERS

Victor Caratini

Willson Contreras

INFIELDERS

Javier Baez

Kris Bryant

Anthony Rizzo

OUTFIELDERS

Albert Almora Jr.

Jason Heyward

Kyle Schwarber

Mark Zagunis

UTILITY PLAYERS

David Bote

Daniel Descalso

Ben Zobrist

STARTING PITCHERS

Yu Darvish

Cole Hamels

Kyle Hendricks

Jon Lester

Jose Quintana

RELIEF PITCHERS

Brad Brach

Tyler Chatwood

Steve Cishek

Carl Edwards Jr.

Brandon Kintzler

Mike Montgomery

Randy Rosario

Pedro Strop

With Joe Maddon leading the Cubs’ on-field and support staff and a cast of thousands!

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