Levine: Defense Comes Up Big For Cubs, Brett Anderson

Chicago Cubs' Javier Baez breaks his bat during the second inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Chicago, on Thursday, April 13, 2017.

That night, Anthony Rizzo clamped his mitt around the final out after Kris Bryant fielded a herky jerky grounder from an ancient Cleveland journeyman named Michael Martinez and threw nearly as herky-jerky.

Left-fielder Kyle Schwarber, known more for his hitting, almost finalized a dazzling play when he retreated to the wall in left-center to make a juggling catch of Kike Hernandez's drive before falling into the ivy.

The Dodgers tied the game 2-2 in the eighth after putting two runners on against reliever Pedro Strop.

CHICAGO (AP) - The Los Angeles Dodgers spent the past few days watching a flag go up and the opponent get its glitzy rings in the ballpark where they lost the NL Championship Series last season.

The Cubs did not have the same problem as the Dodgers as they converted most of their opportunities in the game. "And then walking back with the trophy. that thing's not just heavy, it's been beat up". I'm a big believer that if you accomplish something like that show it off. "I still have chills thinking about it".

The ceremony was another unforgettable moment at Wrigley. Monday night did not disappoint Maddon.

"If we'd got a couple runs early, it might have been a different game".

"I thought he was really good", Maddon said. We had ourselves a really nice pitchers duel. It's a feeling that's hard to describe.

But you knew that, right?

Pinch-hitter Jon Jay started the decisive rally with a leadoff single against Sergio Romo (0-1).

Almora has always been considered the best defensive outfielder in the Cubs' system, and his glove work and ability to make the sensational play is an upgrade over that of Dexter Fowler's of last season.

McCarthy (2-0), coming off a strong start to beat San Diego last week, struck out four and walked three.

The Cubs celebrated last year's historic title before Monday's home opener at Wrigley Field with a ceremony that featured a familiar theme for Cubs fans - deferred gratification. But the offense couldn't solve Jon Lester, managing only two runs in the game as the Dodgers fell to 4-4 on the season.

Turner suffered a quad injury on the play. Chicago also sold cupcakes with rings on top during the game. They loaded the pads on Carl Edwards, Jr., Lester's relief, with nobody out.

YANKEES 3, RAYS 2: At New York, Aaron Hicks homered twice, including a go-ahead, two-run drive in the seventh inning, and New York beat Tampa Bay to move above.500 for the first time this season.

With the count 1-and-1, Jansen tried to come up and in on Rizzo with his cutter but Rizzo got enough of it to slice an opposite-field single for the walk-off victor. Come to think of it, Rizzo wasn't exactly having a grand season opening, either. From there, the Cubs' Anderson and the bullpen did a magnificent job to shut down the Dodgers to close out the 4-0 shutout.

It will be another night to remember for fans and players as they continue to relish in the memories of the 2016 World Series win.

Props to whoever designed the rings for poking at Chicago's long, debatably hexed history, and the finally busted Billy Goat curse.

His outing was backed by some stellar defense from outfielders Albert Almora and Jason Heyward that helped Chicago to a 4-0 win at Wrigley Field in a game that could've easily gone the other way.

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