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Chicago Cubs: Rookies impress against KC; Baez ready to break out

Mar 1, 2017; Surprise, AZ, USA; Chicago Cubs third baseman Javier Baez (9) celebrates with teammates after scoring a run in the third inning against the Kansas City Royals during a spring training game at Surprise Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 1, 2017; Surprise, AZ, USA; Chicago Cubs third baseman Javier Baez (9) celebrates with teammates after scoring a run in the third inning against the Kansas City Royals during a spring training game at Surprise Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Chicago Cubs’ rookies led the way in a 7-3 win over the Kansas City Royals Wednesday; Javier Baez and Joe Maddon have teamed up in the best way and the Chicago infield is poised for another historic year.

The Chicago Cubs rolled to a 7-3 win against former outfielder Jorge Soler and the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday in Surprise. Offseason acquisition Eddie Butler pounded the zone in his first start as a Cub and the offense backed him with a dozen hits on the afternoon.

Javier Baez scored a run in the win and is poised for a big year on the North Side. He’ll serve as a utility piece for the Cubs. His relationship with Joe Maddon plays a key role in his likely success.

Coming off a historic 2016 campaign, the Chicago infield could make history again in 2017. Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant finished in the top five of MVP voting last season. Meanwhile, Ben Zobrist took home World Series MVP honors. Addison Russell became just the third Cubs shortstop ever to drive in more than 80 runs.

With this amount of talent on one infield, there’s only one missing piece: chemistry. And, thanks to Maddon and his lighthearted approach, the Cubs have arguably the best clubhouse rapport in the game.

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