Cubs Come Out Slugging on Opening Day

Oct 12 2017 Washington DC USA Chicago Cubs fans celebrate after defeating the Washington Nationals in game five of the 2017 NLDS playoff baseball series at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Ian Happ homered on the first pitch of the major league season, and Anthony Rizzo made his emotional homecoming even more memorable with a home run, leading the Chicago Cubs past Derek Jeter's Marlins 8-4 in Miami on Thursday.

"I'M ALREADY REGRETTING THIS", Cerami tweeted afterward.

Both the Cubs and Marlins are honoring the victims of last month's mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School with a number of tributes planned during the season-opening four-game series.

Rizzo scored 24.9 FanDuel points on Thursday. The Cubs would build a three-run lead but lose it in the third during a sloppy third, but a strong finish guaranteed a successful opening day.

Rizzo helped his team to the 8-4 win with a solo blast to right field in the second-inning. The Cubs had their southpaw's back though as Willson Contreras hit an RBI double and Kyle Schwarber recorded his first home run in the 7th inning. Tommy La Stella contributed a pinch-hit, two-run double.

Giants 1, Dodgers 0 • Joe Panik homered off Clayton Kershaw in the fifth inning and San Francisco beat host Los Angeles, dealing the three-time NL Cy Young victor his first loss in his franchise-record eighth consecutive opening start.

In the wake of Jeter's offseason payroll purge, 12 Marlins made an opening day roster for the first time. Lester finished the game with only 3.1 innings pitched, seven hits, three earned runs and only two strikeouts as well.

A bullpen committee of four kept the Marlins in check the rest of the way as Steve Cishek, Brian Duesing, Pedro Strop, and Justin Wilson combined to allow just one hit and no runs the rest of the day to help the Cubs celebrate Opening Day in style.

"Our guys are going to get better as this year goes", manager Don Mattingly said, "but I don't see us backing away from anybody".

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