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Updated: April 7, 2014 11:03PM



Ryan Kalish’s parents were on hand Sunday for his 2-for-3 game against Philadelphia featuring an RBI triple, two-RBI double and run scored. His last triple was Sept. 15, 2010 and his last multi-hit game Sept. 3, 2012, both as a member of the Boston Red Sox.

“My parents have been through my journey with me,” the Cubs outfielder said of missing last season needing shoulder surgery. “It’s always fun when your parents are there to see you.”

Kalish, 26, who signed a minor-league deal with the Cubs in January, said he learned about the game — and life — as he recuperated.

“Offense is always contagious. I studied the game a lot last year and you see it.

“We’re blessed to be in the major leagues. I’m trying to live every day like it could be the last, so to speak. It’s the way we all should live. I’m just trying to make the most of this.”

Back so soon?

The Cubs host the Pittsburgh Pirates this week after opening the season last week against the Bucs on the road.

“It happens,” manager Rick Renteria said of the quick return series. “I don’t think it hurts either club. If anything, [they are] fresh in your memory.”

Minor progress

Shortstop Javier Baez homered Sunday for Class AAA Iowa, ending an 0-for-9 start to the season.

Baez was ejected from Saturday’s game against Memphis for arguing a check-swing strike.

Rehab update

Jake Arrieta pitched three innings Saturday in a rehab start for Class AA Tennessee at Pensecola, walking one and striking out three. One unearned run scored on a wild pitch, with Arrieta throwing 42 pitches.

The righthander is coming back from shoulder tightness that kept him from pitching in spring training.



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