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--RHP Matt Garza made his Cubs debut and struck out 12. That represents the highest strikeout total by any pitcher in his Cubs debut. Cubs pitchers gave up 16 hits, all singles. Garza gave up 12 singles but did not walk anybody. "Even though those 12 singles were annoying, I just kept telling myself, 'Just get to the next pitch. Just get to the next pitch and keep attacking,' " Garza said.

--RHP Carlos Zambrano is not expected to miss a start. He came out of Saturday's game in the seventh inning after his right hand cramped up. Zambrano attributed the ailment to a lack of hydration.

--CF Marlon Byrd is off to a 2-for-14 (.143) start to the season after being the Cubs' best hitter in spring training. Byrd grounded into a double play, swinging at the first pitch, to end the game. "Sometimes I don't know how you figure it all out or if you can figure it out," said manager Mike Quade. "But he'll be OK."

--2B Darwin Barney became the first rookie to start at that position on Opening Day for the Cubs since Manny Trillo in 1975. After a day off Saturday, Barney came back Sunday and went 1-for-4 with a run scored and a sacrifice fly. He and Jeff Baker have pushed Blake DeWitt out of a starting job. However, after DeWitt hit a game-winning pinch double Saturday, manager Mike Quade said he could win some playing time. "He'll keep working and we'll see," Quade said. "We'll see how Barney and Bake play. We'll see how Blake plays. But I never rule anything out."

--SS Starlin Castro has wowed the Cubs with his play, both in spring training and in the first three games of the regular season. But manager Mike Quade said he wants Castro to work on his sliding. Castro waits until late before hitting the ground, and he risks jamming his leg into the bag. "He told me in spring training that I'm sliding too close to the base," Castro said.

--RHP Carlos Marmol struck out the side to earn a save Saturday. But a leadoff walk came around to score Sunday, and Marmol suffered a blown save and a loss. "It's tough," said Marmol, who gave up two hits and two runs in addition to the leadoff walk to Garrett Jones. "It happens."

6 1/3 -- Scoreless innings to start the season for the Cubs bullpen after running off 28 straight shutout innings to finish 2010. The scoreless streak ended Sunday when closer Carlos Marmol blew a save by giving up two runs in the ninth inning. With Marmol closing and Kerry Wood setting up from the right side and Sean Marshall from the left, the Cubs feel their bullpen is a strength.

"It's one of those tricks I have in my back pocket. I tell you what, it's not an easy thing to do. My heart starts racing like 100 miles per hour once I start thinking about it. I try to control my breathing and try to lay down a good bunt." -- 1B Carlos Pena on trying to break a defensive shift against him by bunting.

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AVGAnthony Rizzo , 1B.278
HRAnthony Rizzo , 1B31
RBIAnthony Rizzo , 1B101
OBPAnthony Rizzo , 1B.387
SLGAnthony Rizzo , 1B.512
RDexter Fowler , CF102
SBDexter Fowler , CF20
WJake Arrieta , SP22
ERAJake Arrieta , SP1.77
WHIPJake Arrieta , SP0.86
KJake Arrieta , SP236
SVHector Rondon , RP30

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