1. Reds welcome Cubbies: After a three-game series at the New York Mets, Cincinnati welcomes Chicago to Great American Ball Park for a three-game series starting Friday. And how is this for cool: Sam the Bald Eagle, who calls the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden home, swoops down from the roof of the Cincinnati Bell Technology Pavilion in center field to the pitcher’s mound during the National Anthem on Friday.
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