Chicago Cubs: With the Cubs favored by many to win the division and fan expectations at an all-time high, the last thing they want to do is stumble out of the gate. If only so they don't have to hear about stupid curses, jinxes and hoodoo nonsense, it would behoove the Cubs to get in the race early. With this in mind, manager Dusty Baker says that's his top priority -- getting off to a fast start. "The second thing is we want to get to 82 victories as soon as possible so we can have two [winning seasons] back-to-back," he told Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune. This is something they haven't done since 1972.
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