Alcantara carries Marlins to a series-opening win over Cubs

CHICAGO — Sandy Alcantara made it clear he wanted the ball Wednesday.Simple as that.He was the Miami Marlins’ opening day starter. He was on the mound the night they clinched their first playoff appearance in 17 years. He’s the team’s ace and closed the season on a strong note after missing a month as one of 18 players who tested positive for COVID-19.If anyone was going to be the first player to take the mound when their postseason run began against the Chicago Cubs, it was going to be him.“I think I can do it,” the 25-year-old said on the eve of the playoffs. “I think we can do it, too. The …

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