Originally written on Fox Sports Wisconsin  |  Last updated 4/7/13
CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Cubs are on their second closer, and the season is only a week old. The Milwaukee Brewers are missing two key sluggers, and a third is struggling with a neck issue. This should be quite the opener at Wrigley Field. Chicago and Milwaukee are dealing with some early challenges heading into the first game of the season at the Cubs' longtime home on Monday. Cubs manager Dale Sveum announced Sunday that Kyuji Fujikawa would take over as closer after Carlos Marmol blew a save opportunity in Saturday night's 6-5 loss in Atlanta. Fujikawa finished a 3-1 victory over Pittsburgh on opening day, but Chicago had only one other victory on the six-game road trip. The Cubs lost 5-1 to the Braves in the series finale after Jeff Samardzija set a career high with 13 strikeouts, but gave up four runs and four walks in 5-23 innings. "We're a better team at home," said Sveum, looking forward to the first game at the cozy neighborhood ballpark. "Most teams are better teams ...
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