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Cubs' Rizzo taking good with bad

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It was a mixed-bag Thursday for Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo in a 7-6 loss to the San Francisco Giants at Wrigley Field.

Rizzo hit his third home run of the season, a 2-run line drive to left-center in the Cubs' 4-run third inning. However, he ended the game by taking a called third strike against Giants closer Sergio Romo with a man on base.


Rizzo looked upset with home-plate umpire Kerwin Danley at the end of the game.

"I just disagreed," Rizzo said. "He made a good pitch, though. It's a situation you want to be in there. I just didn't come through today."

Rizzo is 6-for-32 (.188), with half his hits being home runs. All 3 homers have come on first pitches. Rizzo can be a patient hitter, but he has shown he's not afraid to go after a first-pitch strike if he feels he can drive the ball.

"You go up there looking for a pitch to hit and just being selectively aggressive," he said. "Yeah, I don't know. First pitches. Hopefully they keep throwing me first-pitch strikes."

Goat stuff:

Not much was said by the Cubs about the goat's head that was delivered to team chairman Tom Ricketts on Wednesday.

Police were investigating the incident as a matter of intimidation.

"It's just obviously an unfortunate fan doing something pretty stupid," manager Dale Sveum said.

Ready to play:

Second baseman Darwin Barney will have the stitches removed from his left knee Friday and play in a rehab assignment for Class AAA Iowa Saturday-Monday.

Barney is expected to come off the disabled list in time for Tuesday night's series opener against Texas at Wrigley Field. He has been on the DL since April 1 with a lacerated left knee, an injury he suffered in the exhibition finale at Houston on March 30.

This and that:

The Cubs committed 2 errors. Entering Thursday night's action, they led the major leagues, with 10. … Starlin Castro and Welington Castillo each have five-game hitting streaks. … Nate Schierholtz has hit safely and scored a run in six of eight games.

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