Kris Bryant to start, bat clean-up in Chicago Cubs debut

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CHICAGO -- One of the best prospects the Chicago  Cubs have had in a long time is now in the big leagues.

The Cubs called up Kris Bryant to debut in Friday's home game against the San Diego Padres.

Bryant had a strong spring training with the Cubs, hitting nine home runs and batting .425 in 40 at-bats,

But the team decided to start him in AAA-Iowa so they could keep him under contract for another year.

Cubs President Theo Epstein says he likes to call up players when the team is on the road, but they needed Bryant now because of injuries to other third basemen.

Manager Joe Maddon says he'll start Bryant at third and bat him in the clean-up spot.

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