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Chicago Cubs News: Arrieta wins in his 100th start; Heyward and Rizzo have switched roles

Apr 9, 2017; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon talks with pitcher Jake Arrieta (49) after Arrieta pitched seven innings against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. The Cubs beat the Brewers 7-4. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 9, 2017; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon talks with pitcher Jake Arrieta (49) after Arrieta pitched seven innings against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. The Cubs beat the Brewers 7-4. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Chicago Cubs took two out of three from the Brewers behind a solid start from Jake Arrieta in his 100th with the Cubs. And Jason Heyward and Anthony Rizzo have switched roles at the plate. Should we be concerned?

The Chicago Cubs saw Jake Arrieta take the mound for the 100th time as a Cubs, and he didn’t disappoint. Arrieta struck out ten while going seven innings as the offense picked things up on their end. Addison Russell had a two-run double, followed by a two-run triple from Jason Heyward and the Cubs never looked back en route to a 7-4 win. Arrieta allowed a three-run home run in the third, and Hector Rondon a solo shot in the ninth inning as the only blemishes against the staff.

The Cubs pitching staff has gotten off to a strong start at the plate this season. The talk of bringing the DH to the NL? Don’t bring that to the Cubs doorstep. They’ll have none of it. Lackey is batting 1.000, and Kyle Hendricks was 2-for-3 in his outing. Need a reason to NOT have the DH? The Cubs staff is that reason.

Ian Happ and Jeimer Candelario both made progress this spring with the Cubs. But neither felt like the wanted to take their foot off the gas once they arrived at Triple-A Iowa. Happ has three home runs and Candelario has driven in 10–and they’re only four games into the season. It might not be soon, but these two prospects may force the Cubs to make a decision sooner than later.

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‘Tebow homers for the second time in his career’ – MLB.com

‘Happ and Candelario picking up where they left off’ – Cubbies Crib

‘Could Almora seize the center field job?’ – Cubbies Crib

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