Anthony Rizzo: 'I want to play' in Cubs' home opener

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Snow falls at Wrigley Field on the morning of Chicago's home opener baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Monday, April 9, 2018, in Chicago. The Pirates are off to a hot start offensively, averaging seven runs per game, and the over is 5-1 in their last six games overall.

Pittsburgh is off to a surprising 7-2 start.

Though they aren't playing Monday, Cubs players managed to make the best of their situation as they took to Wrigley's snowy diamond for a little snow-day fun. In the Sunday game, Harrison managed a pair of hits and a run while Gregory Polanco hit a two-run homer. He has been sidelined by back tightness, but he might be able to play in the rescheduled home opener. Chatwood is 0-0 in two career starts against Pittsburgh with a 1.50 ERA. Kris Bryant is 1 for 7 against Nova, while Anthony Rizzo is 3 for 8, and Wilson Contreras is 2 for 5. Rizzo has missed three straight games with soreness in his lower back.

Tyler Chatwood (0-1, 1.50 ERA) will make his second start of the season and his Wrigley Field debut for the Cubs. The key here will be the pitching matchup and how long each starter lasts.

About 10 miles to the south, the White Sox were hosting the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday in a game delayed briefly by the wintry weather.

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The Pirates will benefit from missing Yu Darvish's turn in the rotation and the Cubs' offense had an uneven first week, but the Cubs possess one of the best lineups in the National League with three capable starting pitchers and a deep bullpen.

Chatwood allowed one earned run, six walks and four hits in six innings in his first start against Cincinnat while striking out four.

Temperatures in Chicago are not expected to change dramatically until Wednesday, meaning the Pirates will continue to play in wintry conditions for at least another day.

"On the way out I had no idea if I was going to Cub Convention or Opening Day", Maddon said.

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