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Rizzo to bat third in his long-awaited Cubs debut

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Rizzo to bat third in his long-awaited Cubs debut

The wait is finally over, as top prospect Anthony Rizzo is offically in Tuesday's lineup. The 22-year-old Rizzo will bat third and play first base for the Cubs, who send Randy Wells to the mound to take on Dillon Gee and the New York Mets.
As expected, Bryan LaHair moves to RF to make way for Rizzo, who last played in the majors with the Padres against the Cubs last year on Sept. 28.

Chicago Cubs (25-48)
1. DeJesus (CF)2. Castro (SS)3. Rizzo (1B)4. Soriano (LF)5. LaHair (RF)6. Valbuena (3B)7. Barney (2B)8. Clevenger (C)9. Wells (P)
New York Mets (39-35)
1. Nieuwenhuis (CF)2. Tejada (SS)3. Wright (3B)4. Duda (RF)5. Davis (1B)6. Hairston (LF)7. Murphy (2B)8. Thole (C)9. Gee (P)

The Cubs optioned utility man Adrian Cardenas to Triple-A Iowa to make room for Rizzo on the roster.

Summer of Sammy: Sosa's 30th homer in 1998

Summer of Sammy: Sosa's 30th homer in 1998

It's the 20th anniversary of the Summer of Sammy, when Sosa and Mark McGwire went toe-to-toe in one of the most exciting seasons in American sports history chasing after Roger Maris' home run record. All year, we're going to go homer-by-homer on Sosa's 66 longballs, with highlights and info about each. Enjoy.

Sosa hit the 30-homer threshold on June 21, 1998 in only his 71st game of the season. For perspective, the 2018 Cubs leader in homers on June 21 is Javy Baez with 14 and Mike Trout leads all of baseball with only 23.

At this point, Mark McGwire was ahead of Sosa, but the Cubs slugger was pulling closer. McGwire had 33 dingers on June 21 while Ken Griffey Jr. had 28 and Greg Vaughn had 25.

Sosa' June 21 homer came off Tyler Green and was his 5th blast of the series against the Philadelphia Phillies at Wrigley Field that year. But the Cubs lost that series, despite Sosa's efforts.

Fun fact: Sosa drove in 10 runs in the three-game series with the Phillies that summer while the rest of his teammates combined for only 9 RBI.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Should the Bulls trade up or down in the draft?

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Should the Bulls trade up or down in the draft?

Mark Carman, Hub Arkush, Phil Rogers and Will Perdue join Kap on the SportsTalk Live Podcast.

The guys start by discussing Brandon Morrow's injury that he sustained while taking off his pants... what's the craziest cause for an injury the guys can remember?

Plus, should the Bulls move up or down in Thursday's NBA Draft? Does it make sense to take on a bad contract in a potential deal?

Listen to the full SportsTalk Live Podcast right here: