Marlins, Cubs to host Parkland families at Friday's game

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Before the game the entire Cubs team wore t-shirts with the slogan 'MSD Strong, ' and each team had a patch on their jersey honoring the school.

The Cubs have some interesting and talented players on the roster this year. And they will send left-hander Jon Lester to the mound on Thursday in the hopes of getting off to a good start.

One in particular used the Chicago Cubs-Miami Marlins pregame events to speak out about the shooting and last weekend's March for Our Lives.

Twelve players that are now rostered will be playing in their first Opening Day game. But a lively crowd of 32,151 on a mild, sun-splashed afternoon - with the retractable roof open - hinted at the franchise's potential if Jeter can build a victor. After the Happ homer, Kris Bryant walked, and Anthony Rizzo was hit by a pitch.

The first Marlins run came in the bottom of the first, where former Cub Starlin Castro kept the inning alive with a two-out single.

Maddon shrugged off Lester's tough start and figures to call upon him someday - perhaps Tuesday in Cincinnati - to eventually provide a service for the team that lasts more than 3 1/3 innings.

The Marlins unloaded most of their big games in the offseason including Giancarlo Stanton, Christain Yelich and Marcell Ozuna.

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Meanwhile, the Cubs - who ended their 108-year World Series title drought in 2016 - are once again among the favorites to make a deep run. According to Baseball Reference, Urena is the first pitcher in MLB history to hit three batters on Opening Day. By the end of the inning Urena had allowed three runs to score on one hit, two walks, and three hit batsmen.

It's time to play ball as baseball fans will get to watch the Cubs vs. Marlins live streaming online and on television for MLB's Opening Day 2018.

Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez, who feuded with the Marlins' previous ownership regime and boycotted games, threw out the first pitch along with Miami Mayor Francis Suarez.

When the #Chicago Cubs entered Spring Training for 2018, there was a lot of talk about what the team didn't have.

He pitched a scoreless seventh.

Marlins CEO Derek Jeter said he wants the in-game experience for fans at Marlins Park to be "first-class".