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D'backs jump all over Dempster, crush Cubs

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D'backs jump all over Dempster, crush Cubs

Friday, April 29, 2011
Posted: 12:31 a.m.

Associated Press
PHOENIX (AP) Stephen Drew hit his first career grand slam to spark an Arizona franchise-record, seven-run first inning and the Diamondbacks routed the Chicago Cubs 11-2 on Thursday night.Drew finished with a career-best five RBIs, Miguel Montero also homered and drove in three runs, and Barry Enright (1-2) won his first game since Sept. 1 for the Diamondbacks, who have won three of four.Ryan Dempster (1-3) recorded the shortest outing of his 266-start career, recording only one out and allowing seven runs, four hits, four walks and a hit batter.The Cubs have lost four straight and six of seven.Enright, who had been 0-7 with a 7.40 ERA in nine starts since his previous victory, allowed one run and three hits in the first six innings before tiring in the seventh. He gave up two runs, five hits and four walks. Enright struck out four in a season-high 6 2-3 innings.Enright also hit a looping RBI single to right for his first hit of the year, and Chris Young added a two-run single to left in the first. Arizona sent 12 hitters to the plate in the inning against Dempster and reliever Justin Berg.Dempster's ERA ballooned from 7.63 to 9.28.The seven runs were the most for the Diamondbacks in any inning this season and topped by one the franchise mark of six first-inning runs accomplished seven times, most recently on Aug. 28 against San Francisco.Arizona had scored nine first-inning runs in its first 23 games combined.Montero hit an RBI double to left in the second and homered to right in the third against Berg to give the Diamondbacks a 10-1 lead.Koyie Hill hit a solo homer to right in the third, and Marlon Byrd singled and scored on a pinch-hit sacrifice fly by Reed Johnson in the seventh against Enright.Drew drove in Young with an RBI groundout in the seventh to make it 11-2.Josh Collmenter allowed only a walk in 2 1-3 innings in relief of Enright.NOTES
Dempster failed to get out of the first inning only once before, recording only two outs on Oct. 5, 2001 for Florida against Atlanta. Drew's grand slam was the 46th in Diamondbacks history and the first since Sept. 1 when Brandon Allen hit one against San Diego. Young became the 23rd Diamondbacks player to have two hits in the first inning. Arizona third-base coach Matt Williams made his season debut in the coaching box after missing nearly a month because of a broken foot.
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Anthony Rizzo, the greatest third baseman ever?

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Anthony Rizzo, the greatest third baseman ever?

Look out, Kris Bryant: Anthony Rizzo might be coming for you.

After Bryant suffered a left hand contusion in the top of the eighth inning during Tuesday's 13-9 win over Cincinnati, Joe Maddon shuffled his infield by moving Rizzo from first to third base for the first time in his career to replace the reigning NL MVP and it didn't take long for the Cubs to take advantage of the rare occurence on social media:

Pretty amazing that in one season he's been dubbed the greatest leadoff hitter of all-time and best third baseman ever.

Here's another cool fact:

Earlier this season, Rizzo became second-base eligible in ESPN and CBS Sports fantasy leagues because of a weird rule that allows him to switch positions with how the Cubs defend certain bunt situations. 

At this rate, he may become eligible for every infield position. Next up, shortstop?

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Which Cub will make biggest impact down the stretch?

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Which Cub will make biggest impact down the stretch?

Ben Finfer (ESPN 1000), Chris Hine (Chicago Tribune) and Jordan Bernfield join David Kaplan on the panel. Jon Lester, Addison Russell and Willson Contreras all work out with the Cubs before their game. Which player’s return with have the biggest impact down the stretch?

Plus, the guys discuss how many snaps Mitch Trubisky should take with the first team, debate who won the big Cavs/Celtics deal and Scott Paddock drops by with the latest NASCAR news.

Listen to the SportsTalk Live Podcast below.