4/20 Morning Marquee: Cubs refocused, Bryce Harper benched


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The Chicago Cubs hit three home runs en route to a 8-4 Saturday afternoon over the Cincinnati Reds.

During Saturday’s game, Cubs’ first baseman Anthony Rizzo left with back spasms that saw Mike Olt moved to first base and Luis Valbuena take over at third base. The Cubs’ hitting woes loom in their outfield, while Welington Castillo continues to emerge as a leader defensively and offensively with his bat.

Around the league, first year Washington Nationals manager Mat Williams benched Bryce Harper after he did not run out a ground ball to first base and Mark Buehrle continues to impress across the boarder with the Toronto Blue Jays.

Cubbies Crib: Castillo continues to grow as a leader

Chicago Tribune: Time’s ripe for Cubs to extend Jeff Samardzija

Chicago Sun-Times: Anthony Rizzo leaves game with back spasms

Daily Herald: Focused Cubs take Renteria’s message to heart

ESPN Chicago: OF struggles at center of Cubs’ hitting woes

CSN Chicago: Despite regression to mean, Bonifacio still the guy for Cubs

Cubs Den: Can a slow and steady approach help the Cubs win the race to acquire pitching prospects?

Cubs.com: ‘Next chapter’ begins for McDonald with Cubs

CBS Sports: Bryce Harper benched for ‘lack of hustle’ despite quad injury

FOX Sports: Lefty Buehrle continues to baffle foes, but how good is he really?

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