Wrigley Field opens anniversary season on Thursday

JAY COHEN AP Sports Writer Published:

CHICAGO (AP) -- The celebration for Wrigley Field's 100th anniversary begins with a visit from an old friend.

Ryne Sandberg brings his Philadelphia Phillies to Chicago to take on the Cubs on Thursday in the first game of the season at the iconic ballpark. It's Sandberg's second trip to his old stomping grounds since he became Philadelphia's manager last August.

Sandberg played for Chicago for 15 seasons during his Hall of Fame career. He says Wrigley is "a special place to me and my career."

The Cubs return home for rookie manager Rick Renteria's first game in Chicago since he was hired in November. Chicago had a National League-worst 31-50 home record last year.

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