• After an off-day Monday, the Cubs play the Yankees at Yankee Stadium in the first of eight Interleague series this season.
This will be the Cubs' first regular-season series at the new Yankee Stadium, which will be the 122nd ballpark in which the team will have played. After Tuesday, the Cubs will have played a regular-season game in every current Major League city and a game in every active ballpark.
"It was a little more traditional, and it was more of a pitchers' ballpark," Jose Veras said of the old Yankee Stadium. "The [new one] is a hitters' ballpark now. It's way different now."
The Cubs did play the first two games in the history of new Yankee Stadium, however, when the teams met in exhibition action prior to 2009. The Yankees won both games.
• This weekend was Renteria's first exposure to the Cubs-Cardinals rivalry.
"I noticed, looking outside my hotel room, that there were a lot of people waiting to get into [Busch] Stadium and that was early in the morning," Renteria said. "It's neat. I think the fan base here and in Chicago are unique. I like my fan base."
• Top prospect Javier Baez was placed on the seven-day disabled list with Triple-A Iowa because of a sprained left ankle, injured while taking ground balls on Friday. Baez was 4-for-26 (.154) with two home runs so far this season.