Ian Happ bats leadoff as Cubs open the 2018 season

The Cubs will open the 2018 season Thursday with the hope that Ian Happ will stabilize the leadoff spot.

Happ will bat leadoff as the Cubs face the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. The Cubs are optimistic that the switch-hitting Happ can provide production at the top after they struggled to find a production combination in 2017.

Left-hander Jon Lester will make his seventh career opening day start and his third first-game assignment since joining the Cubs in 2015.

Here are the lineups:

CUBS

Happ cf

Bryant 3b

Rizzo 1b

Contreras c

Schwarber lf

Russell ss

Heyward rf

Baez 2b

Lester p

MARLINS

Brinson cf

Dietrich lf

Castro 2b

Bour 1b

Anderson 3b

Cooper rf

Rojas ss

Wallach c

Urenaa p

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