6:29 PM EDT, Fri August 01, 2014

Anthony Rizzo: Spotlight on the Chicago Cubs’ first baseman

The Northsiders haven't had a lot to cheer for of late, but Anthony Rizzo is the real deal.

Rizzo and Castro ready to give advice

CHICAGO – One by one, they’re going to make their way to Wrigley Field. The Chicago Cubs' farm system -- the best in in baseball, according to ESPN.com -- is producing major leaguers and will be for the foreseeable future. Arismendy Alcantara, Kyle Hendricks and Dallas Beeler are a few of the names who have made their debuts this season. The pressure that comes with it can be overwhelming. That’s where teammates like Anthony Rizzo and Starlin Castro come in.
KFFL Jul 25, 2014

Cubs | Anthony Rizzo extends to 10

Chicago Cubs 1B Anthony Rizzo hit a third-inning single Friday, July 25, to extend his ...

Rizzo's power numbers obscure his 'softer' side

CHICAGO -- The National League home run leader must be crushing the baseball this season, right? Anthony Rizzo couldn't have set a career high in home runs already by slapping the ball all over the field. He couldn't have raised his batting average from .233 at the end of 2013 to .285 heading into Thursday night’s game against the San Diego Padres by blooping balls in. Or could he? According to Mark Simon of ESPN Stats and Information, Rizzo is surprisingly making softer contact this year than he did last when he hit 23 home runs.

5 Questions: Is Hendricks the real deal?

So much news so little time. As the Chicago Cubs were beating the San Diego Padres on Tuesday night they were also in the midst of a roster re-shuffling. Out is veteran Darwin Barney (designated for assignment) along with rookie Mike Olt (optioned to Triple-A Iowa). Moving up in the minors is 2012 first-rounder Albert Almora along with Cuban slugger Jorge Soler. All this was going on as Arismendy Alcantara crushed his second career home run on Tuesday, Anthony Rizzo hit two more to take over the National League lead and Kyle Hendricks earned his first career win.
KFFL Jul 23, 2014

Cubs | Anthony Rizzo hits two more out

Chicago Cubs 1B Anthony Rizzo hit two home runs Tuesday, July 22.
Rotoworld Jul 22, 2014

Rizzo blasts two home runs as Cubs top Friars - Anthony Rizzo (1B) Chicago Cubs

Anthony Rizzo continued his hot hitting on Tuesday, blasting two home runs in the Cubs' 6-0 win over the Padres.
ESPN Fantasy Baseball Jul 22, 2014

Josh Donaldson could be buy-low with recent struggles; improved splits help Brandon Crawford, Anthony Rizzo value

Tristan H. Cockcroft discusses how hitters can improve or regress against their weaker side, and what that means for future fantasy value.
Chicago Sun-Times Jul 21, 2014

Anthony Rizzo named NL Player of the Week

Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo has picked up where he left off after earning his first All-Star selection. Rizzo on Monday was named National League player of the week after going 5-for-11 with three home runs and four RBI in the Cubs’ weekend series against the Arizona Diamondbacks. He also went tumbling into a camera well to catch a foul pop-up Sunday, a play that manager Rick Renteria called ‘‘the freaking greatest effort.’’ Rizzo already has matched...

Rizzo earns Player of the Week honors

CHICAGO -- Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo followed up his first All-Star appearance by being named National League Player of the Week. Despite the Cubs getting swept by the Arizona Diamondbacks, Rizzo hit three home runs while going 5-for-11 with 14 total bases. He is tied for the National League lead in homers with 23 going into games on Monday. That also ties his career high for a season set last year. This is Rizzo’s first career Player of the Week award and the first for a Cubs hitter since Starlin Castro earned it in August 2011.
Chicago Sun-Times Jul 20, 2014

Anthony Rizzo gives Cubs a scare with catch

PHOENIX — As if the Cubs already weren’t beat up and short-handed, they were forced to stand helplessly in the sixth inning Sunday as their top hitter tumbled head first into a camera well near the first-base dugout while catching a foul pop. “My heart sank down pretty deep,” manager Rick Renteria said of first baseman Anthony Rizzo’s crash landing. “He got up right away, and he’s a big, strong man and we’re very fortunate he came out of that OK.”...
Chicago Tribune Jul 20, 2014

Cubs' Rizzo determined to make the play

First baseman has no regrets about catch that allowed D'backs to score go-ahead runPHOENIX — Anthony Rizzo had no regrets Sunday about making a spectacular catch that allowed the Diamondbacks to score the go-ahead run in a 3-2 loss.

Cubs' Rizzo determined to make the play

First baseman has no regrets about catch that allowed D'backs to score go-ahead runPHOENIX — Anthony Rizzo had no regrets Sunday about making a spectacular catch that allowed the Diamondbacks to score the go-ahead run in a 3-2 loss.
Chicago Sun-Times Jul 19, 2014

Bill Chuck’s baseball by the numbers

This week’s names and numbers in baseball: BATTERS: NINE TO KNOW AT THE BREAK 1. Thirty-nine players had 100 or more hits, including Starlin Castro and Alexei Ramirez with 103 each. 2. Thirty-three players had 15 or more home runs, including Jose Abreu with 29 and Anthony Rizzo with 20. 3. Sixty-two players had 20 or more doubles, including Castro with 26, Conor Gillaspie with 23, Luis Valbuena with 22 and Abreu with 20.4. Forty-two players had 50 or more RBI,...

Anthony Rizzo sets tone on offense

PHOENIX -- After struggling last season, Anthony Rizzo is enjoying a breakout year and fulfilling the promise expected of the young slugger when he was brought to Chicago a couple of years ago. So it isn't fair to put too much pressure on the All-Star first baseman just as he has found himself, but the reality of the situation is that much of the Cubs' offense is going to live or die with Rizzo's production. That was evident Friday in the Cubs' loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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