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Chicago Cubs to host Brewers and Rockies April 26-May 2

Homestand to include four Cubs Charities Diamond Project ribbon-cuttings, community nights and promotional items

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs will welcome NL Central rival Milwaukee Brewers for a four-game series at Wrigley Field starting Thursday, April 26, and concluding Sunday, April 29, with Kids Run the Bases postgame. The homestand will end with a visit by the Colorado Rockies Monday, April 30, through Wednesday, May 2.

The homestand includes three Community Nights presented by PEAK in the ballpark. On April 26, the Cubs are offering fans specially priced tickets for Autism Awareness Night. A portion of the net proceeds from Autism Awareness Night will be donated to Autism Speaks. On April 30, the Cubs are offering specially priced tickets to local restauranteurs, bartenders and other industry professionals for Industry Night presented by Jim Beam. Fans age 21 and older who purchase an Industry Night game ticket will receive Cubs-themed texting gloves presented by Jim Beam. The last Community Night of the homestand will include Girl Scout Night Tuesday, May 1. Each Girl Scout Night ticket includes a Cubs-themed scout patch featuring Clark the Cub. In addition, a portion of the net proceeds from Girl Scout Night will be donated to Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana.

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs will welcome NL Central rival Milwaukee Brewers for a four-game series at Wrigley Field starting Thursday, April 26, and concluding Sunday, April 29, with Kids Run the Bases postgame. The homestand will end with a visit by the Colorado Rockies Monday, April 30, through Wednesday, May 2.

The homestand includes three Community Nights presented by PEAK in the ballpark. On April 26, the Cubs are offering fans specially priced tickets for Autism Awareness Night. A portion of the net proceeds from Autism Awareness Night will be donated to Autism Speaks. On April 30, the Cubs are offering specially priced tickets to local restauranteurs, bartenders and other industry professionals for Industry Night presented by Jim Beam. Fans age 21 and older who purchase an Industry Night game ticket will receive Cubs-themed texting gloves presented by Jim Beam. The last Community Night of the homestand will include Girl Scout Night Tuesday, May 1. Each Girl Scout Night ticket includes a Cubs-themed scout patch featuring Clark the Cub. In addition, a portion of the net proceeds from Girl Scout Night will be donated to Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana.

Tickets remain available at www.cubs.com or 800-THE-CUBS (800-843-2827). Highlights of the homestand follow.

Food and Beverage Offerings:

Wrigley Field will once again serve foodie spins on ballpark favorites this season. The Cubs and hospitality partner Levy are focusing on freshly prepared, chef-driven menu items including house-smoked short ribs and pork shoulder; house-made pickles, chips, slaws and condiments; and creative twists on classic Chicago flavors.

Fully renovated concession stands and new cocktail and wine bars will open throughout the spring, offering fans an elevated food and beverage experience. For more information, visit www.cubs.com/food.

Hot Doug's continues its rotating selections on Platform 14, located behind the center field scoreboard in the Budweiser Bleachers. Served this homestand are the Sergio Mitre, a gyro sausage with tzatziki, feta cheese and chopped tomatoes; the Pete LaCock, a ribeye steak sausage with horseradish cream and blue cheese; and the Glenallen Hill, a spicy Vienna Beef Polish sausage with honey mustard, sauerkraut and smoked gouda cheese.

Cubs Charities and Community Events:

Cubs manager Joe Maddon will once again support Chicago nonprofit organizations through his "Respect Community" charity T-shirt initiative. After every Friday home game, Maddon will represent a different Chicago nonprofit by wearing the organization's T-shirt during his postgame press conference. Joe Maddon's "Respect Community" shirt on Friday, April 27, will represent Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Chicago, which supports local initiatives in primarily low- and moderate-income neighborhoods. Their primary goal is to create socially and economically vibrant and sustainable neighborhoods, with living wage jobs, local businesses, good schools, quality housing, reliable transportation and needed amenities.

Before Friday's game, Cubs Charities together with Archer Manor Little League will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Archer Park to celebrate a $180,000 Cubs Charities Diamond Project grant to support field upgrades and the installation of lights this summer.

On Saturday, April 28, Cubs Charities with help from Cubs General Manager Jed Hoyer and Clark the Cub will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Welles Park to celebrate a $45,000 Cubs Charities Diamond Project grant to support the baseball league and scoreboards.

On Monday, April 30, the Cubs will host a "Shred Hate" bullying prevention school assembly with Major League Baseball, ESPN and X Games. The Cubs, one of several "Shred Hate" MLB clubs, will encourage students to continue helping prevent bullying in their school. The assembly will create a positive and motivational atmosphere while sharing messages and tips on how they can continue to "choose kindness" throughout their school. Prosser Career Academy is one of 18 schools in Chicago that have adopted the "Shred Hate" curriculum, which has proven to reduce incidents of bullying in school.

On Tuesday, May 1, Cubs Charities and Friends of Amundsen High School will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Winnemac Park. Together, Congressman Mike Quigley, Alderman Pat O'Connor and Cubs Wives will celebrate upgrades at three playing fields supported by Cubs Charities Diamond Project grants totaling $250,000.

Later on Tuesday, Cubs Charities will recognize 2017 Diamond Project capital grantees during a pregame check presentation with representatives from each of the 12 projects. Cubs Charities has granted more than $870,000 to expand opportunities for children to play baseball and softball, create or preserve green space in underserved neighborhoods and foster a love of the game.

Before Tuesday's game, Cubs outfielder Kyle Schwarber will be recognized by Ignite the Spirit, the Chicago Fire Department Charity, for his work through his Neighborhood Heroes campaign, which improves the quality of life for first responders through education, essential tools and experiences in their efforts to better serve their communities. Last year, Schwarber's Neighborhood Heroes donated $25,000 to Ignite the Spirit.

Homestand Details, April 26-May 2:

Thursday, April 26, Chicago Cubs vs. Milwaukee Brewers, 7:05 p.m.
• First pitch: Chicago Fire actor Taylor Kinney
• Community Night presented by PEAK: Autism Awareness Night
• Broadcast: NBC Sports Chicago+, MLB Network, 670 The Score, Cubs.com

Friday, April 27, Chicago Cubs vs. Milwaukee Brewers, 1:20 p.m.
• Promotion: Cubs Fleece Blanket presented by American Airlines, up to 10,000 early arriving fans • First pitch: Chicago Bulls forward Bobby Portis
• 7th inning stretch: Former Cubs outfielder and current NBC Sports Chicago analyst Doug Glanville
• Broadcast: NBC Sports Chicago, MLB Network, 670 The Score, Cubs.com Saturday, April 28, Chicago Cubs vs. Milwaukee Brewers, 1:20 p.m.
• Promotion: ''Dancing Bullpen'' Beverage Tumbler presented by Pepsi, up to 10,000 early arriving fans
• First pitch: Hailey Dawson, raising awareness for Poland Syndrome
• First pitch: Matthias Merges, acclaimed chef of Lucky Dorr Patio & Tap and Mordecai
• 7th inning stretch: Chicago native and actor Jim Belushi
• Broadcast: ABC 7, MLB Network, 670 The Score, Cubs.com

Sunday, April 29, Chicago Cubs vs. Milwaukee Brewers, 1:20 p.m.
• Promotion: Cubs Slouch ''Beamie'' presented by Jim Beam, Up to the first 10,000 early arriving adults, age 21 and older
• First pitch: Chicago native and actor Jim O'Heir
• Broadcast: NBC Sports Chicago, 670 The Score, Cubs.com
• Postgame: Kids Run the Bases, first 1,000 kids 13-and-under

Monday, April 30, Chicago Cubs vs. Colorado Rockies, 6:05 p.m.
• First pitch and 7th inning stretch: Former Chicago Blackhawks forward and current NBC Sports Chicago analyst Adam Burish
• Community Night presented by PEAK: Industry Night presented by Jim Beam
• Broadcast: NBC Sports Chicago, ESPN, 670 The Score, Cubs.com

Tuesday, May 1, Chicago Cubs vs. Colorado Rockies, 7:05 p.m.
• First pitch: Chicago native and comedian Hannibal Buress
• Community Night presented by PEAK: Girl Scout Night
• Broadcast: WGN, MLB Network, 670 The Score, Cubs.com

Wednesday, May 2, Chicago Cubs vs. Colorado Rockies, 1:20 p.m.
• First pitch: Musician Marty Lloyd from the Freddy Jones Band
• Broadcast: NBC Sports Chicago, MLB Network, 670 The Score, Cubs.com

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Cubs place Zobrist on 10-day DL; recall David Bote from Triple-A Iowa

DENVER -- The Chicago Cubs today placed infielder/outfielder Ben Zobrist on the 10-day disabled list (retroactive to April 18) with back tightness and recalled David Bote from Triple-A Iowa.

Bote, who will wear uniform number 13, will join the first major league roster of his career and be available for the Cubs tonight when they continue their three-game series against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field.

DENVER -- The Chicago Cubs today placed infielder/outfielder Ben Zobrist on the 10-day disabled list (retroactive to April 18) with back tightness and recalled David Bote from Triple-A Iowa.

Bote, who will wear uniform number 13, will join the first major league roster of his career and be available for the Cubs tonight when they continue their three-game series against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field.

The 25-year-old Bote (pronounced BO-dee) is in his seventh season in the Cubs organization since being selected in the 18th round of the 2012 Draft. He enjoyed a breakout season last year with Double-A Tennessee, batting .272 (128-for-470) with 30 doubles, three triples, 14 homers and 59 RBI in 127 games while turning in a .792 OPS to earn mid- and post-season Southern League All-Star honors. Bote continued his strong 2017 by hitting .333 (23-for-69) with four homers, 14 RBI and a .931 OPS in 19 games in the Arizona Fall League to earn All-Star honors.

The right-handed hitter and thrower is batting .234 (11-for-47) with two doubles, one triple and three home runs, contributing to an early .776 OPS with Iowa this year. In seven minor league seasons, Bote is a career .261 hitter (497-for-1,902) with 119 doubles, 12 triples, 42 homers and 245 RBI in 555 games. He has played 302 games at second base, 105 games at third base, 37 games at first base, 27 games at shortstop and 48 games across all three outfield positions.

Bote was born in Longmont, Colo. and currently resides in Thornton, Colo., located approximately 10 miles north of downtown Denver. He is a graduate of Faith Christian Academy in Arvada, Colo. and attended Neosho County Community College in Chanute, Kan. He was placed on Chicago's 40-man roster on November 20, 2017.

Zobrist, 36, is batting .326 (14-for-43) with one double, one triple, one homer and seven RBI in 13 games with the Cubs this season.

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Cubs place Eddie Butler on 10-day DL, recall RHP Luke Farrell

DENVER -- The Chicago Cubs today placed right-handed pitcher Eddie Butler on the 10-day disabled list with a right groin strain and recalled right-handed pitcher Luke Farrell from Triple-A Iowa.

Farrell, who will wear uniform number 59, will be available for the Cubs tonight when they begin their series against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field.

DENVER -- The Chicago Cubs today placed right-handed pitcher Eddie Butler on the 10-day disabled list with a right groin strain and recalled right-handed pitcher Luke Farrell from Triple-A Iowa.

Farrell, who will wear uniform number 59, will be available for the Cubs tonight when they begin their series against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field.

The 26-year-old Farrell has made two starts for Iowa this season, going 0-1 with a 5.91 ERA (7 ER/10.2 IP). He made his major league debut last season with Kansas City before joining Cincinnati in August, combining to post no record with a 5.54 ERA (8 ER/13.0 IP) in 10 appearances (one start) between the two stops. Farrell turned in a 2.61 ERA (3 ER/10.1 IP) in nine relief outings upon joining the Reds last year.

In 2017, Farrell went 8-6 with a 4.78 ERA (62 ER/116.2 IP) in 22 appearances, all but two as a starter, between the Royals, Dodgers and Reds Triple-A affiliates last season. Overall, Farrell is 25-29 with three saves and a 4.46 ERA (253 ER/511.0 IP) in 106 career minor league appearances, 86 as a starter.

Farrell is a native of Westlake, Ohio and was originally selected by the Royals in the sixth round of the 2013 Draft out of Northwestern University. He is the son of former major league manager John Farrell and the brother of Jeremy, the Cubs minor league infield coordinator, and Shane, a regional crosschecker for the Cubs.

Butler, 27, is 0-1 with a 4.30 ERA (7 ER/14.2 IP) in seven relief outings for the Cubs this season.

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Cubs activate 1B Anthony Rizzo

The Chicago Cubs today activated first baseman Anthony Rizzo off of the 10-day disabled list. Infielder/outfielder Efren Navarro has been optioned to Triple-A Iowa. Rizzo will be available for the Cubs tonight when they begin their series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Wrigley Field.

Rizzo was placed on the disabled list with lower back tightness on April 10 (retroactive to April 6) and did not require a rehab stint as part of his return.  

The Chicago Cubs today activated first baseman Anthony Rizzo off of the 10-day disabled list. Infielder/outfielder Efren Navarro has been optioned to Triple-A Iowa. Rizzo will be available for the Cubs tonight when they begin their series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Wrigley Field.

Rizzo was placed on the disabled list with lower back tightness on April 10 (retroactive to April 6) and did not require a rehab stint as part of his return.  

Navarro hit .167 (1-for-6) in four games with the Cubs and is batting .176 (3-for-17) in four games with Iowa this season.
 

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Cubs-Cardinals game postponed Monday

Game to be made-up as part of day-night doubleheader on July 21

CHICAGO -- Monday's game (April 16) between the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals at Wrigley Field has been postponed due to the forecast for inclement weather throughout the day and wind chills in the 20s in the evening.

Monday's game will be made-up on Saturday, July 21, as the first game of a split doubleheader at Wrigley Field. The make-up game will be played at 12:05 p.m. CT and will be followed by the regularly scheduled night game at 6:15 p.m. CT.

CHICAGO -- Monday's game (April 16) between the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals at Wrigley Field has been postponed due to the forecast for inclement weather throughout the day and wind chills in the 20s in the evening.

Monday's game will be made-up on Saturday, July 21, as the first game of a split doubleheader at Wrigley Field. The make-up game will be played at 12:05 p.m. CT and will be followed by the regularly scheduled night game at 6:15 p.m. CT.

Separate tickets will be required for each game. Tickets to tonight's game at Wrigley Field will be honored for the 12:05 p.m. CT makeup game on July 21. No ticket exchange is necessary.

 

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Cubs-Braves game postponed today

Game to be played Monday, May 14 at 1:20 p.m.

This afternoon's game between the Chicago Cubs and Atlanta Braves at Wrigley Field has been postponed due to the forecast for inclement weather throughout the day.

Today's game will be played on Monday, May 14 at 1:20 p.m. CT. Tickets to today's game at Wrigley Field will be honored for the makeup game. No ticket exchange is necessary.

This afternoon's game between the Chicago Cubs and Atlanta Braves at Wrigley Field has been postponed due to the forecast for inclement weather throughout the day.

Today's game will be played on Monday, May 14 at 1:20 p.m. CT. Tickets to today's game at Wrigley Field will be honored for the makeup game. No ticket exchange is necessary.

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Cubs place 1B Anthony Rizzo on 10-day D.L.; Select the contract of INF/OF Efren Navarro

The Chicago Cubs placed first baseman Anthony Rizzo on the 10-day disabled list (retroactive to April 6) with lower back tightness and selected the contract of infielder/outfielder Efren Navarro from Triple-A Iowa.
 
Navarro, who will wear uniform number 50, will be available for the Cubs this afternoon when they play their home opener against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Wrigley Field.
 
The 31-year-old Navarro has played parts of five major league seasons with the Los Angeles Angels (2011, 2013-16) and Detroit Tigers (2017), batting .243 (77-for-317) with 16 doubles, three home runs and 22 RBI in 153 career games.  He has played 87 games at first base and 44 games in the outfield.  He has played three games with Iowa this season, batting .250 (3-for-12) with three RBI, after seeing action in 21 spring training games as a non-roster invitee to big league camp.
 
Navarro split the 2017 campaign between Detroit and Triple-A Toledo, batting .230 (14-for-61) with two homers and two RBI with the Tigers and hitting .276 (132-for-479) with 10 homers and 61 RBI in 131 games with the Mud Hens.  Overall, he is a career .295 hitter (1,347-for-4,571) with 282 doubles, 65 homers and 607 RBI in 1,245 games covering 12 minor league seasons.
 
The left-handed batter and thrower was originally selected by the Angels in the 50th round of the 2007 Draft out of the University of Nevada-Las Vegas.  Navarro is a native of Lynwood, California.

The Chicago Cubs placed first baseman Anthony Rizzo on the 10-day disabled list (retroactive to April 6) with lower back tightness and selected the contract of infielder/outfielder Efren Navarro from Triple-A Iowa.
 
Navarro, who will wear uniform number 50, will be available for the Cubs this afternoon when they play their home opener against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Wrigley Field.
 
The 31-year-old Navarro has played parts of five major league seasons with the Los Angeles Angels (2011, 2013-16) and Detroit Tigers (2017), batting .243 (77-for-317) with 16 doubles, three home runs and 22 RBI in 153 career games.  He has played 87 games at first base and 44 games in the outfield.  He has played three games with Iowa this season, batting .250 (3-for-12) with three RBI, after seeing action in 21 spring training games as a non-roster invitee to big league camp.
 
Navarro split the 2017 campaign between Detroit and Triple-A Toledo, batting .230 (14-for-61) with two homers and two RBI with the Tigers and hitting .276 (132-for-479) with 10 homers and 61 RBI in 131 games with the Mud Hens.  Overall, he is a career .295 hitter (1,347-for-4,571) with 282 doubles, 65 homers and 607 RBI in 1,245 games covering 12 minor league seasons.
 
The left-handed batter and thrower was originally selected by the Angels in the 50th round of the 2007 Draft out of the University of Nevada-Las Vegas.  Navarro is a native of Lynwood, California.

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Cubs-Pirates game postponed today game to be played tomorrow at 1:20 p.m.

This afternoon's game between the Chicago Cubs and Pittsburgh Pirates at Wrigley Field has been postponed due to the forecast for inclement weather throughout the day.

Today's game will be played tomorrow at 1:20 p.m. CT. Tickets to today's game at Wrigley Field will be honored for tomorrow's makeup game. No ticket exchange is necessary.   
 

This afternoon's game between the Chicago Cubs and Pittsburgh Pirates at Wrigley Field has been postponed due to the forecast for inclement weather throughout the day.

Today's game will be played tomorrow at 1:20 p.m. CT. Tickets to today's game at Wrigley Field will be honored for tomorrow's makeup game. No ticket exchange is necessary.   
 

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Cubs shift Opening Day start time to 2:20 pm CT

The Chicago Cubs have shifted the start of this afternoon's home opener against the Pittsburgh Pirates to 2:20 p.m. CT to allow for field preparation following overnight snow showers that continued into the morning.

Gates will open at 12:20 p.m. and opening ceremonies are expected to begin at approximately 1:45 p.m. 
 

The Chicago Cubs have shifted the start of this afternoon's home opener against the Pittsburgh Pirates to 2:20 p.m. CT to allow for field preparation following overnight snow showers that continued into the morning.

Gates will open at 12:20 p.m. and opening ceremonies are expected to begin at approximately 1:45 p.m. 
 

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Chicago Cubs to host first homestand of 2018 season at Wrigley Field April 9-18

Homestand to include special guests, new food options, community nights and promotional items

The Chicago Cubs will host their home opener at Wrigley Field Monday, April 9, at 1:20 p.m. vs. the Pittsburgh Pirates following a nine-game road trip to begin the 2018 season. The three-game series against the Pirates will conclude Thursday, April 12, followed by visits from the Atlanta Braves April 13-15 and the St. Louis Cardinals April 16-18. 

The homestand includes two Community Nights presented by PEAK in the ballpark. On April 15, the Cubs will welcome youth baseball and softball leagues from Chicagoland during Youth Baseball and Softball Appreciation Day. Fans who purchase Youth Baseball and Softball Appreciation Day tickets will receive Cubs youth stirrup socks. On April 17, Boy Scouts throughout Illinois can enjoy the game against the St. Louis Cardinals during Boy Scout Night. Each Boy Scout Night ticket includes a commemorative Cubs-themed scout patch featuring Clark the Cub. In addition, a portion of net proceeds from Boy Scout Night will be donated to local Boy Scout Councils.

The Chicago Cubs will host their home opener at Wrigley Field Monday, April 9, at 1:20 p.m. vs. the Pittsburgh Pirates following a nine-game road trip to begin the 2018 season. The three-game series against the Pirates will conclude Thursday, April 12, followed by visits from the Atlanta Braves April 13-15 and the St. Louis Cardinals April 16-18. 

The homestand includes two Community Nights presented by PEAK in the ballpark. On April 15, the Cubs will welcome youth baseball and softball leagues from Chicagoland during Youth Baseball and Softball Appreciation Day. Fans who purchase Youth Baseball and Softball Appreciation Day tickets will receive Cubs youth stirrup socks. On April 17, Boy Scouts throughout Illinois can enjoy the game against the St. Louis Cardinals during Boy Scout Night. Each Boy Scout Night ticket includes a commemorative Cubs-themed scout patch featuring Clark the Cub. In addition, a portion of net proceeds from Boy Scout Night will be donated to local Boy Scout Councils.

The Cubs launched a new online purchase opportunity to expand access for fans interested in buying Cubs tickets at an affordable price. 10/Sixty Tickets, named in honor of Wrigley Field's famed address: 1060 W. Addison St., offers 60 lower-level Terrace seats priced at $10 inclusive of taxes and fees for all 2018 regular season home games. Fans can submit an online registration through MLB's Ballpark app or by visiting www.cubs.com/10sixtytickets. There is no fee to enter. Fans randomly selected in a drawing will receive an email a minimum of 12 hours before the start of the game with their opportunity to purchase up to four tickets.
 
Tickets remain available at www.cubs.com or 800-THE-CUBS (800-843-2827). New attractions at Wrigley Field and highlights of the homestand follow.

Partner Updates:

The Motorola Trophy Room will once again house the 2016 Chicago Cubs' World Championship Trophy throughout the 2018 regular season, along with other individual trophies including Derrek Lee's Gold Glove Award, Carlos Zambrano's Silver Slugger Award, Jon Lester and Javier Báez's National League Championship Series MVP Award and more. Fans also can get their hands on the latest smartphones by Motorola and enter to win an exclusive Chicago Cubs Moto Z Style Shell. The Motorola Trophy Room will be open during select times on gamedays and non-gamedays starting Monday, April 9. Fans can visit www.gallagherway.com for the most up-to-date schedule.

Food and Beverage Offerings:

Wrigley Field will once again serve foodie spins on ballpark favorites this season. The Cubs and hospitality partner Levy are focusing on freshly prepared, chef-driven menu items featuring house-smoked short ribs and pork shoulder; house-made pickles, chips, slaws and condiments; and creative twists on classic Chicago flavors. 

Fully renovated concession stands and new cocktail and wine bars will open throughout the spring, offering fans an elevated food and beverage experience. Levy and the Cubs have created a lineup of new concessions dishes that will please a variety of palates, from first-timers to Wrigley Field to faithful fans who are looking for more adventurous culinary offerings: 

•    Smoked Bone-In Short Rib: Two pounds of premium-cut short rib smoked for 12 hours, served with house-made pickles, coleslaw and sliced bread. Limited quantities available in concessions per game, so fans will want to act fast to get a taste of this one. 
•    Chick-Ago Sandwich: Pickle-brined breaded chicken thighs topped with tempura sport peppers, vine ripe tomatoes and dill aioli served on an onion roll and sprinkled with celery salt. 
•    Polk Street Breaded Pork Shoulder: House-smoked and breaded pork shoulder topped with house-made pickles and creamy Dijon served on a toasted telera roll. 
•    Cheesy Beef Sandwich: Shaved beef mixed with creamy white cheddar cheese and topped with grilled shishito peppers, served on a toasted New England bun. 
•    Chicken Tinga Tacos: Spicy shredded chicken topped with tangy Wrigley slaw, cilantro and crumbled queso fresco. 
•    Beef Barbacoa Tacos: Tender braised beef topped with watermelon salsa, cilantro and crumbled queso fresco.
•    Aged Cheddar Burger: Seasoned beef patty topped with aged cheddar, house-made tomato aioli, arugula and house-made pickles. 
•    Loaded Footlong Hot Dog: A footlong Vienna Beef dog topped with house-made dill aioli, diced sport peppers and crushed kettle chips debuts alongside the classic chili and cheese topped offering. 
•    Loaded Fries: Garlic and parmesan or buffalo and blue cheese topped fries. 
•    Roasted Cauliflower Sandwich: Roasted cauliflower topped with roasted red pepper pesto, garlicky garbanzo bean spread and baby spinach. 
•    Aloha Chicken Sandwich: Grilled chicken breast topped with sweet chili glaze, Asian slaw and sautéed pineapple on toasted Hawaiian bread.

Several new and returning partners will amp up dining options throughout the ballpark:

•    Pork & Mindy's: The local spot known for globally inspired sandwiches from Food Network Star Jeff Mauro will serve its signature dishes in several locations.
•    Garrett Popcorn: Making its Wrigley Field debut, the sweet and savory Chicago classic will be available to fans in a variety of locations. 
•    Vienna Beef: The Chicago staple's iconic hot dogs, Polish sausages and Wrigley Field Smokies will be served all around Wrigley Field. 
•    Hot Doug's: Decadent, player-inspired sausages from the Chicago institution return on a rotating basis in the Budweiser Bleachers. This homestand includes the Bill Caudill, an Argentinian pork & bacon sausage with chimichurri and Swiss cheese; the Ken Rudolph, a Jamaican jerk pork sausage with cumin dijonnaise, smoked Gouda cheese and fried plantain chips and the Rick Reuschel, a spicy Vienna Beef sausage with jalapeño mustard, pepper jack cheese and crispy fried onions.
•    Giordano's: Chicago's famous stuffed deep dish pizza returns to the Friendly Confines. A Wrigley Field exclusive pizza will be unveiled later this summer. 
•    Buona Beef: The original Italian Beef and Italian Sausage will be served around the ballpark. 
•    Chef Series: The fan-favorite Chef Series presented by Maker's Mark will return starting in June. More details about the series will be available soon. 

Cubs Charities and Community Events:

Cubs manager Joe Maddon will once again support Chicago nonprofit organizations through his "Respect Community" charity T-shirt initiative. After every Friday home game, Maddon will represent a different Chicago nonprofit by wearing the organization's T-shirt during his postgame press conference. Joe Maddon's first "Respect Community" shirt on April 13 will represent Snow City Arts, which provides one-on-one instruction in the visual arts, creative writing, music, theater and media arts to patients at Chicago-area hospitals.

On Sunday, April 15, the Cubs will join all of Major League Baseball by hosting Jackie Robinson Day at Wrigley Field. Jackie Robinson's legacy is memorialized each year on April 15 to recognize the anniversary of the Hall of Famer breaking baseball's color barrier. Uniformed players and personnel at each ballpark will wear Jackie Robinson's retired No. 42 on their jerseys with new No. 42 patches on the jersey sleeve and on their caps. These game-used No. 42 jerseys will be available through an online Cubs Authentics auction benefiting Cubs Charities. The Cubs also will welcome Chicago's civic leaders to Wrigley Field by hosting 10 Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholars. The scholarship program is designed to address the financial needs of minority college students and provide comprehensive mentoring services. 

On Wednesday, April 18, Cubs Charities will host the Eighth Annual Bricks and Ivy Ball at Navy Pier's Grand Ballroom. Attendees will enjoy live music, exciting auction packages, specialty cocktails and a seated dinner with Cubs players and coaches. The sold-out event will benefit Cubs Charities, which harnesses the passion of Cubs fans to improve the lives of children and families across Chicago and beyond. Cubs Charities' goal is to provide increased access to sports opportunities and target improvements in health, fitness and education for those at risk. For more information, visit www.cubs.com/bricksandivy

Homestand Details, April 9-18:

Monday, April 9, Chicago Cubs vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, 1:20 p.m.
•   Promotion: Cubs Magnet Schedule presented by Giordano's, up to 30,000 early arriving fans
•   God Bless America: Singer Julianna Zobrist, wife of Cubs infielder Ben Zobrist 
•   National Anthem: Wayne Messmer
•   Pregame: Ceremonial F-16 flyover from the 93rd Fighter Squadron out of Homestead, Fla.
•   First pitch: Cubs Hall of Famers Andre Dawson, Fergie Jenkins, Ryne Sandberg and Billy Williams
•   7th inning stretch: Members from Loyola Ramblers men's basketball team
•   Broadcast: ABC 7, MLB Network, 670 The Score, Cubs.com

Wednesday, April 11, Chicago Cubs vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, 7:05 p.m.
•   Pregame: Jason Heyward will be presented with the 2017 Rawlings Gold Glove Award
•   First pitch: Under Secretary of the U.S. Army Ryan D. McCarthy
•   7th inning stretch: The late Harry Caray's wife Dutchie Caray
•   Broadcast: WGN, 670 The Score, Cubs.com
 
Thursday, April 12, Chicago Cubs vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, 1:20 p.m.
•   Pregame: Tyler Chatwood will be presented with the 2017 Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Award
•   First pitch: Men's U.S. Olympic Ski Jumping Team
•   Broadcast: NBC Sports Chicago, MLB Network, 670 The Score, Cubs.com
 
Friday, April 13, Chicago Cubs vs. Atlanta Braves, 1:20 p.m.
•   7th inning stretch: Former Cubs broadcaster and current Braves broadcaster Chip Caray 
•   Broadcast: NBC Sports Chicago, MLB Network, 670 The Score, Cubs.com

Saturday, April 14, Chicago Cubs vs. Atlanta Braves, 1:20 p.m.
•   Promotion: Cubs Hooded Pullover presented by StubHub, up to 10,000 early arriving fans
•   First pitch and 7th inning stretch: Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy 
•   Broadcast: NBC Sports Chicago, 670 The Score, Cubs.com
 
Sunday, April 15, Chicago Cubs vs. Atlanta Braves, 1:20 p.m.
•   Promotion: Cubs Athletic Socks presented by Uber, up to 10,000 early arriving fans
•   Community Night presented by PEAK: Youth Baseball and Softball Appreciation Day 
•   Pregame: Jackie Robinson Scholars recognition 
•   First pitch and 7th inning stretch: Chicago Bears tight end Trey Burton
•   Broadcast: WGN, 670 The Score, Cubs.com
•   Postgame: Kids Run the Bases, first 1,000 kids 13-and-under
 
Monday, April 16, Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals, 6:05 p.m.
•   First pitch: Actor and Chicago native Jay Chandrasekhar
•   7th inning stretch: Cast of Super Troopers 2
•   Broadcast: WGN, ESPN, 670 The Score, Cubs.com
 
Tuesday, April 17, Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals, 7:05 p.m.
•   Community Night presented by PEAK: Boy Scout Night 
•   Broadcast: NBC Sports Chicago, 670 The Score, Cubs.com
 
Wednesday, April 18, Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals, 1:20 p.m.
•   First pitch: U.S. Olympic Ice Hockey Gold Medalist and Red Bull athlete Hilary Knight
•   Broadcast: ABC 7, MLB Network, 670 The Score, Cubs.com
•   Postgame: Eighth Annual Bricks and Ivy Ball at Navy Pier's Grand Ballroom 

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Chicago Cubs introduce 10/sixty tickets

Fans can enter for a chance to purchase a limited number of $10 tickets for all regular season home games

The Chicago Cubs today announced a new online purchase opportunity to expand access for fans interested in buying Cubs tickets at an affordable price. 10/Sixty Tickets, named in honor of Wrigley Field's famed address: 1060 W. Addison St., offers 60 lower-level Terrace seats priced at $10 inclusive of taxes and fees for all 2018 regular season home games.

With Cubs tickets in high demand, the team is committed to providing an opportunity to as many fans as possible who want to come to Cubs games at Wrigley Field more often.

The Chicago Cubs today announced a new online purchase opportunity to expand access for fans interested in buying Cubs tickets at an affordable price. 10/Sixty Tickets, named in honor of Wrigley Field's famed address: 1060 W. Addison St., offers 60 lower-level Terrace seats priced at $10 inclusive of taxes and fees for all 2018 regular season home games.

With Cubs tickets in high demand, the team is committed to providing an opportunity to as many fans as possible who want to come to Cubs games at Wrigley Field more often.

"With the team's continued success, Cubs tickets have become harder than ever to get," said Cubs President of Business Operations Crane Kenney. "In the spirit of our 'Everybody In' campaign, the 10/Sixty Tickets program helps address the cost and limited availability of Cubs tickets."

Each season, the club has traditionally offered lower-priced tickets to a variety of games, but this new program sets aside affordable tickets for all regular season games, making them within reach of all Cubs fans.

Fans can enter 10/Sixty Tickets for the opportunity to purchase up to four tickets by submitting an online registration form for the game they wish to attend. Registration opens 48 hours before the game starts and closes 24 hours before first pitch. Given the excitement and demand for the Cubs' home opener against the Pittsburgh Pirates Monday, April 9, fans can register today through Sunday, April 8, at 1:20 p.m. CDT.

10/Sixty Tickets was inspired by the same-day Broadway ticket purchase program which helped develop theater audiences and overall interest in Broadway shows. The team's vision is to expand its fan base by attracting younger and first-time fans who may not otherwise have access to enjoy Cubs baseball and the magic of Wrigley Field. 

"The 10/Sixty Tickets program will allow us to engage and grow our fan base by welcoming new fans who may not have access or the ability to acquire tickets through traditional means. During this new era of Cubs baseball, we have a great opportunity to develop a special connection with new fans that will hopefully grow over time as they share this experience with friends and family," said Kenney.

Fans can submit an online registration through MLB's Ballpark app or by visitingwww.cubs.com/10sixtytickets. There is no fee to enter. Fans randomly selected in a drawing will receive an email a minimum of 12 hours before the start of the game with their opportunity to purchase up to four tickets.

For more information about 10/Sixty Tickets, visit www.cubs.com/10sixtytickets.

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Chicago Cubs set 2018 Opening Day roster

MIAMI - The Chicago Cubs have set their Opening Day 25-man roster in advance of their 2018 season opener today at the Miami Marlins.

The Cubs have optioned right-handed pitcher Shae Simmons to Triple-A Iowa.

MIAMI - The Chicago Cubs have set their Opening Day 25-man roster in advance of their 2018 season opener today at the Miami Marlins.

The Cubs have optioned right-handed pitcher Shae Simmons to Triple-A Iowa.

Here is a look at the Cubs 2018 Opening Day roster:

PITCHERS (13+1 DL)
6-Carl Edwards Jr., RHP
11-Yu Darvish, RHP
15-Brandon Morrow, RHP
21-Tyler Chatwood, RHP
28-Kyle Hendricks, RHP
32-Brian Duensing, LHP
33-Eddie Butler, RHP
34-Jon Lester, LHP
37-Justin Wilson, LHP
38-Mike Montgomery, LHP
39-Drew Smyly, LHP (60-Day DL)
41-Steve Cishek, RHP
46-Pedro Strop, RHP
62-José Quintana, LHP

CATCHERS (2)
7-Victor Caratini
40-Willson Contreras

INFIELDERS (6)
2-Tommy La Stella
9-Javier Báez
17-Kris Bryant
18-Ben Zobrist
27-Addison Russell
44-Anthony Rizzo

OUTFIELDERS (4)
5-Albert Almora Jr.
8-Ian Happ
12-Kyle Schwarber
22-Jason Heyward

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Cubs reduce spring roster to 37 players

MESA -- The Chicago Cubs today optioned right-handed pitcher Dillon Maples and outfielder Mark Zagunis to Triple-A Iowa. In addition, right-handed pitcher Justin Grimm has been granted his release. Chicago's spring roster now stands at 37 players.

Chicago's spring roster of 37 players consists of 18 pitchers (three non-roster invitees), five catchers (three non-roster invitees), 10 infielders (three non-roster invitees) and four outfielders (one non-roster invitee).

MESA -- The Chicago Cubs today optioned right-handed pitcher Dillon Maples and outfielder Mark Zagunis to Triple-A Iowa. In addition, right-handed pitcher Justin Grimm has been granted his release. Chicago's spring roster now stands at 37 players.

Chicago's spring roster of 37 players consists of 18 pitchers (three non-roster invitees), five catchers (three non-roster invitees), 10 infielders (three non-roster invitees) and four outfielders (one non-roster invitee).

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Cubs reduce spring roster to 40 players

The Chicago Cubs today assigned nine players to minor league camp, reducing their spring roster from 49 to 40 players.
 
Right-handed pitchers Luke Farrell, Cory Mazzoni, Alec Mills and Jen-Ho Tseng; left-handed pitchers Dario Alvarez and Rob Zastryzny; and infielder David Bote have been optioned to Triple-A Iowa. 
 
Two non-roster invitees have been assigned to minor league camp: infielder Chesny Young and outfielder Jacob Hannemann.
 
Chicago's spring roster of 40 players consists of 20 pitchers (three non-roster invitees), five catchers (three non-roster invitees), 10 infielders (three non-roster invitees) and five outfielders (one non-roster invitee).

The Chicago Cubs today assigned nine players to minor league camp, reducing their spring roster from 49 to 40 players.
 
Right-handed pitchers Luke Farrell, Cory Mazzoni, Alec Mills and Jen-Ho Tseng; left-handed pitchers Dario Alvarez and Rob Zastryzny; and infielder David Bote have been optioned to Triple-A Iowa. 
 
Two non-roster invitees have been assigned to minor league camp: infielder Chesny Young and outfielder Jacob Hannemann.
 
Chicago's spring roster of 40 players consists of 20 pitchers (three non-roster invitees), five catchers (three non-roster invitees), 10 infielders (three non-roster invitees) and five outfielders (one non-roster invitee).

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Cubs sign 21 players to 2018 contracts

The Chicago Cubs have agreed to 2018 contract terms with 20 players on their 40-man roster with zero-to-three years of major league service and renewed the contract of infielder/outfielder Ian Happ. Terms of the contracts were not disclosed.
 
The following players have agreed to 2018 contract terms:
 
Right-handed pitchers Adbert Alzolay, Eddie Butler, Oscar De La Cruz, Carl Edwards Jr., Luke Farrell, Cory Mazzoni, Dillon Maples, Alec Mills, Jen-Ho Tseng and Duane Underwood Jr..
 
Left-handed pitchers Mike Montgomery, Randy Rosario and Rob Zastryzny.
 
Catchers Victor Caratini and Willson Contreras.
 
Infielders Javier Baez and David Bote.
 
Outfielders Albert Almora Jr., Kyle Schwarber and Mark Zagunis.

The Chicago Cubs have agreed to 2018 contract terms with 20 players on their 40-man roster with zero-to-three years of major league service and renewed the contract of infielder/outfielder Ian Happ. Terms of the contracts were not disclosed.
 
The following players have agreed to 2018 contract terms:
 
Right-handed pitchers Adbert Alzolay, Eddie Butler, Oscar De La Cruz, Carl Edwards Jr., Luke Farrell, Cory Mazzoni, Dillon Maples, Alec Mills, Jen-Ho Tseng and Duane Underwood Jr..
 
Left-handed pitchers Mike Montgomery, Randy Rosario and Rob Zastryzny.
 
Catchers Victor Caratini and Willson Contreras.
 
Infielders Javier Baez and David Bote.
 
Outfielders Albert Almora Jr., Kyle Schwarber and Mark Zagunis.

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