Cubs' Baez collides with Heyward year after Schwarber injury

People walk past the electronic board showing the Nikkei stock index left in Tokyo Thursday

People walk past the electronic board showing the Nikkei stock index left in Tokyo Thursday

Schwarber had surgery and sat out until the World Series, in which he returned and hit.412 to help the Cubs beat the Cleveland Indians in seven games.

Strong pitching. Good defense.

Brewers fans cheered loudly, drowning out the sea of blue-clad Cubs fans who made up about two-thirds of the crowd of 28,000-plus at Miller Park.

JaCoby Jones capped a wild eighth inning with a bases-loaded walk, and the Detroit Tigers outlasted the flu-bitten Boston Red Sox 6-5 on Friday to win their ninth straight home opener.

He started in right field the first two games in Milwaukee and said he expects Maddon to keep moving him and Baez around. Brewers starting pitcher Jimmy Nelson was effective over his six innings, as he gave up four hits while striking out eight. He held the Cubs to six hits and two walks while allowing just one run - a solo homer to Ben Zobrist in the second inning.

Next level: The Cubs' homer drought continues-coming into the game they'd hit two home runs on the year, and true.

Justin Grimm got Chicago out of the inning and it was a bullpen duel from there.

Jared Hughes (1-0) provided 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief, getting two double plays. Who knows how many of this year's zero-homer, 10-run games the Cubs will contribute-it's pretty flukey!-but based on the very very small sample so far, this might have been a typically atypical Cubs performance. But Aguilar snared a line drive off the bat of Jason Heyward to start his second 3-6-3 double play of the day, and Hughes got Miguel Montero on a weak grounder to end the inning. "He said he was all right, but I didn't feel good about it", Maddon said.

The Milwaukee Brewers have had quite enough of the Chicago Cubs for the time being. "They were both down today".

Counsell said Braun did not further aggravate his back when sliding into Chicago reliever Mike Montgomery at the plate. "Yeah, there is", Maddon said. "It makes sense. We're trying to grow grass inside". "You get credit for putting the ball in play, for sure, but they found a lot of holes".

Zobrist moved from right to second to replace Baez, though Baez appeared to be OK as he walked back to the dugout with manager Joe Maddon after the play.

Baez was removed from the game and the Cubs later announced that infielder had a bruise above the left eye.

"It looked like it was going to start swelling".

He told the newspaper: '(Heyward) got me very good, but good thing it wasn't the full elbow or knee'. There was a large divot out there.

"As a team, I think that was a great display of some weak hits", said Bryant, noting infield rollers and bloop hits the Cubs had. I'm certain he'll be fine by (Saturday). "He was just really on top of his game, I thought".

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