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Cubs beat the Royals 3-2 in their Cactus League home opener

The Chicago Cubs beat the Kansas City Royals 3-2 in their Cactus League home opener at Sloan Park in Mesa, Ariz., on Tuesday, March 2, 2021.

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Fans take their seats before the Cubs host the Royals in the Cactus League home opener at Sloan Park on March 2, 2021. (Armando L. Sanchez / Chicago Tribune)

Cubs starting pitcher Adbert Alzolay (73) warms up on the field before the Cactus League home opener.

Cubs starting pitcher Adbert Alzolay (73) warms up on the field before the Cactus League home opener. (Armando L. Sanchez / Chicago Tribune)

Kris Bryant swings and misses in the first inning of the Cactus League home opener against the Royals.

Kris Bryant swings and misses in the first inning of the Cactus League home opener against the Royals. (Armando L. Sanchez / Chicago Tribune)

Fans and staff walk through the concourse before the Cubs-Royals game in the Cactus League home opener.

Fans and staff walk through the concourse before the Cubs-Royals game in the Cactus League home opener. (Armando L. Sanchez / Chicago Tribune)

Jeanie Watson-Weidner sits in a socially-distant circle behind the outfield before the Cubs' Cactus League home opener at Sloan Park.

Jeanie Watson-Weidner sits in a socially-distant circle behind the outfield before the Cubs’ Cactus League home opener at Sloan Park. (Armando L. Sanchez / Chicago Tribune)

Cubs starting pitcher Adbert Alzolay pitches during the first inning of the Cactus League home opener.

Cubs starting pitcher Adbert Alzolay pitches during the first inning of the Cactus League home opener. (Armando L. Sanchez / Chicago Tribune)

Cubs center fielder Ian Happ grounds out during the first inning of the Cactus League home opener.

Cubs center fielder Ian Happ grounds out during the first inning of the Cactus League home opener. (Armando L. Sanchez / Chicago Tribune)

Maxwell Bjes, 7, stands in the lawn behind the outfield before the Cubs' Cactus League home opener at Sloan Park.

Maxwell Bjes, 7, stands in the lawn behind the outfield before the Cubs’ Cactus League home opener at Sloan Park. (Armando L. Sanchez / Chicago Tribune)

Cubs shortstop Nico Hoerner doubles during the first inning of the Cactus League home opener against the Royals.

Cubs shortstop Nico Hoerner doubles during the first inning of the Cactus League home opener against the Royals. (Armando L. Sanchez / Chicago Tribune)

Fans walk through the concourse while the Cubs play the Royals in the Cactus League home opener.

Fans walk through the concourse while the Cubs play the Royals in the Cactus League home opener. (Armando L. Sanchez / Chicago Tribune)

Ambar Guillen sits with John Coronado while the Cubs play their Cactus League home opener against the Royals.

Ambar Guillen sits with John Coronado while the Cubs play their Cactus League home opener against the Royals. (Armando L. Sanchez / Chicago Tribune)

Fans watch players leave the field after the top of the sixth inning between the Cubs and Royals.

Fans watch players leave the field after the top of the sixth inning between the Cubs and Royals. (Armando L. Sanchez / Chicago Tribune)

Rafael Ortega celebrates after hitting a three-run triple during the fourth inning.

Rafael Ortega celebrates after hitting a three-run triple during the fourth inning. (Armando L. Sanchez / Chicago Tribune)

David Sapyga watches the Cubs play the Royals during the sixth inning.

David Sapyga watches the Cubs play the Royals during the sixth inning. (Armando L. Sanchez / Chicago Tribune)

A fan heads down the stadium steps while the Cubs play the Royals.

A fan heads down the stadium steps while the Cubs play the Royals. (Armando L. Sanchez / Chicago Tribune)

Fans take in the Cubs-Royals game.

Fans take in the Cubs-Royals game. (Armando L. Sanchez / Chicago Tribune)

Cubs manager David Ross watches during the second inning against the Royals.

Cubs manager David Ross watches during the second inning against the Royals. (Armando L. Sanchez / Chicago Tribune)

Cubs reliever Dan Winkler pitches during the second inning against the Royals.

Cubs reliever Dan Winkler pitches during the second inning against the Royals. (Armando L. Sanchez / Chicago Tribune)

Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant throws to first during the second inning.

Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant throws to first during the second inning. (Armando L. Sanchez / Chicago Tribune)

Royals starter Jakob Junis (24) sits on the mound after ducking on a single by Cubs right fielder Jason Heyward (22) during the first inning.

Royals starter Jakob Junis (24) sits on the mound after ducking on a single by Cubs right fielder Jason Heyward (22) during the first inning. (Armando L. Sanchez / Chicago Tribune)

Cubs right fielder Jason Heyward (22) catches a ball from Royals catcher Salvador Perez (13) during the first inning.

Cubs right fielder Jason Heyward (22) catches a ball from Royals catcher Salvador Perez (13) during the first inning. (Armando L. Sanchez / Chicago Tribune)

Cubs right fielder Jason Heyward (22) gets a single during the first inning.

Cubs right fielder Jason Heyward (22) gets a single during the first inning. (Armando L. Sanchez / Chicago Tribune)

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