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Jason Heyward Again Out Of Cubs' Lineup For Game 2

Oct 26, 2016 4:43 PM

For the second-straight game, the Chicago Cubs are benching Jason Heyward.

Heyward isn't in the lineup for Game 2 of the World Series as Joe Maddon opted to start Jorge Soler in right field.

He sat in Game 1 as left-hander Chris Coghlan played against Corey Kluber. This time Maddon is sitting Heyward in favor of the right-handed Soler who is 0-for-8 this postseason with two walks and three strikeouts. Heyward is hitting .071 in 28 at-bats and has been benched numerous times throughout the playoffs.

Jesse Rogers/ESPN

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Game 2 Moved Up An Hour Due To Expected Rain

Oct 26, 2016 7:27 AM

The second game of the World Series has been moved up an hour because of expected rain in the Cleveland area on Wednesday night.

The game, originally scheduled for 8:08 PM EST, will now start at 7:08 PM EST. has Cleveland with an 80 percent chance of rain on Wednesday night, increasingly so as the night progresses.

R.J. Anderson/CBS Sports

Tags: Cleveland Indians, Chicago Cubs, Misc Rumor

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Corey Kluber Sets World Series Record With 8 Ks In Three Innings

Oct 26, 2016 7:12 AM

Corey Kluber made World Series history on Tuesday night by striking out eight batters through the first three innings.

Kluber tossed six shutout innings as the Cleveland Indians took Game 1 of the World Series 6-0 over the Chicago Cubs.

Bob Gibson, Randy Johnson and Orlando Hernandez had each struck out seven among their first nine outs.

Andrew Marchand/ESPN

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Kyle Schwarber Likely To DH For Cubs In Game 1

Oct 25, 2016 7:45 AM

Kyle Schwarber will be with the Chicago Cubs for the World Series and it appears likely that he'll be in the lineup for Game 1 as the club's designated hitter.

Schwarber, who suffered a season-ending knee injury in the third game of the year, has played in two Arizona Fall League games.

"To have another young guy here who has a track record of hitting home runs, who is a threat, who, when you see his name in the lineup, there's some scariness to that -- we can't wait to have him back," Addison Russell said. "I'm a big Kyle Schwarber fan. I love what he does; I can't wait until he gets here."

The Cubs players have watched Schwarber rehab all season. No one expected him to recover this quickly, yet they aren't surprised either.

"You see him full of sweat -- when we're playing, he doesn't go home, he's watching video," Anthony Rizzo said. "I've probably yelled at him at least 10 times this year. He's looking at his swing in April, May, June -- 'Schwarbs, what are you doing? Just watch baseball and enjoy it.' But he's going over scouting reports, seeing how to pitch guys and really dissecting every game and trying to learn by not playing."

Carrie Muskat/MLB

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Jason Kipnis Wants To See Steve Bartman Toss First Pitch

Oct 25, 2016 7:05 AM

Raised on Chicago's North Side, Jason Kipnis doesn't blame Steve Bartman for attempting to catch a postseason flyball.

In fact, Kipnis would like to see Bartman return to Wrigley Field to throw out a first pitch in the World Series.

"We have a joke," said Kipnis, who went to the same high school as Bartman. "The only thing I'm mad at Bartman for is missing an easy flyball."

Kipnis bled Cubs blue before joining the Cleveland Indians organization.

"I would love to see him throw out a first pitch," he said. "Everyone would go nuts."


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NLCS Game 6 Was Most-Viewed LCS Game Since 2010

Oct 24, 2016 6:58 AM

Game 6 of the NLCS between the Chicago Cubs and Los Angeles Dodgers was seen by an average of 9.7 million viewers on Fox Sports 1, the highest total for a league championship series in six years.

The Cubs won the game to clinch the National League pennant for the first time since 1945.

Viewers increased to a peak of 12.2 million for the Cubs' game-ending double play.

Associated Press

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Las Vegas Has Cubs As Heavy Favorites To Win World Series

Oct 24, 2016 6:55 AM

The Chicago Cubs have opened as heavy favorites to beat the Cleveland Indians in the World Series.

The Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook set the line over the weekend once the Cubs beat the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 6 of the NLCS.

A bettor would have to wager $175 on the Cubs to win $100. A $100 bet on the Indians would pay $155 if they win.


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Corey Kluber Will Open World Series For Indians

Oct 24, 2016 6:51 AM

The Cleveland Indians will hand Corey Kluber the ball for Game 1 of the World Series against the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday.

Kluber has gone 2-1 with an 0.98 ERA during the postseason, including two shutout wins.

The Indians have Trevor Bauer and Josh Tomlin penciled in for Games 2 and 3, respectively, but the order could change depending on how Bauer's injured right pinkie heals over the next few days.


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Javier Baez, Jon Lester Named Co-MVPs Of NCLS

Oct 23, 2016 12:23 AM

Chicago Cubs second baseman Javier Baez and starting pitcher Jon Lester were named co-MVPs of the National League Championship Series after the team's 5-0 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday night in Game 6 in Chicago.

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Chicago Cubs Win National League Pennant

Oct 23, 2016 12:17 AM

Somewhere in a booth at Wrigley Field broadcaster Pat Hughes gave his listeners the news that few of them thought they’d ever hear: The Chicago Cubs are going to the World Series.

The most dramatic result of the past seven decades of Cubs baseball unfolded in almost shockingly undramatic fashion. Dexter Fowler, Kris Bryant and Ben Zobrist drove in runs early. Willson Contreras homered in the fourth, Anthony Rizzo in the fifth. Starter Kyle Hendricks was brilliant into the eighth inning. Closer Aroldis Chapman lit up the scoreboard with triple-digit velocity to finish it off. The Cubs beat the Dodgers 5-0 to win the NLCS in six games.

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Kyle Schwarber Could Possibly Return For World Series
Cubs slugger Kyle Schwarber has been cleared by doctors to hit and will join the Mesa team in the Arizona Fall League.

Indians May Have Danny Salazar Back For World Series
Indians starter Danny Salazar will throw a three-inning simulated game on Saturday.

Kenta Maeda, Not Clayton Kershaw, Will Start Game 5 For Dodgers
Kenta Maeda, 28, said he hasn't been happy with the way he has pitched in two games this postseason but believes that will change on Thursday.


Adrian Gonzalez On Controversial Call: 'Us Against The World'
Adrian Gonzalez insisted he was safe after a controversial call that he and the Los Angeles Dodgers thought swung Game 4 of the NLCS towards the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday night.


Clayton Kershaw Could Pitch Game 5 On Short Rest
The Dodgers haven't ruled out pitching Clayton Kershaw on short rest in Game 5 of the NLCS against the Cubs.

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Ben Zobrist Denies Stealing Signs From Dodgers
Ben Zobrist has laughed off accusations by Yasmani Grandal that he has been stealing signs from the Dodgers during the first two games of the NLCS.

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Dodgers Name Julio Urias Starter For Game 4
Julio Urias will become the youngest postseason starting pitcher in Major League history.

Doug Padilla/ESPN

Miguel Montero Thought Cubs Would Release Him
The Cubs never considered releasing Miguel Montero despite having Willson Contreras and David Ross as catcher.

Jack Magruder/Fan Rag

Dodgers Even Series Behind Clayton Kershaw
Clayton Kershaw shut down the Cubs for seven innings and the Dodgers beat Chicago 1-0 on Sunday night.

Dodgers To Start Clayton Kershaw In Game 2
Clayton Kershaw will start for the Dodgers on Sunday on three days of rest.

Montero, Fowler Lead Cubs Past Dodgers
Miguel Montero hit a two-out grand slam in the 8th inning to help lead the Cubs to a 8-4 win in Game 1 of the NCLS.

Both Dodgers And Cubs Will Carry Twelve Pitchers In NLCS
The Dodgers have added LHP Alex Wood, while the Cubs have added rookie LHP Rob Zastrysny.

Postseason Home Runs Coming At Record Clip
After we saw a jump in home runs during the regular season, the spike has carried over into the playoffs.

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Jake Arrieta Homers Off Madison Bumgarner, Puts Cubs In Record Books
The Cubs became just the second team in Major League history to have two pitchers hit home runs in the same postseason series when Jake Arrieta took Madison Bumgarner deep in the second inning on Mond

Jesse Rogers/ESPN

Giants To Start Jeff Samardzija In Game 2
Giants ace Madison Bumgarner will pitch Game 3 on Monday in San Francisco.

Late HR From Javier Baez Gives Cubs Win Over Giants
The game was highlighted by a classic pitching duel between Jon Lester and Johnny Cueto.

Cubs Are Las Vegas Favorites To Win World Series
Three times as much money has been bet on the Cubs to win the World Series as any other team at the Wynn.

David Purdum/ESPN

Bumgarner, Gillaspie Lead Giants Past Mets, Advance To NLDS
The Giants shutout the Mets 3-0 in the NL wild-card game on Wednesday night.

Cubs Set NLDS Rotation; Jon Lester to Start Game 1
Jon Lester will be followed in Game 2 by Kyle Hendricks, then Jake Arrieta in Game 3 and, if necessary, John Lackey in Game 4.

Carrie Muskat/MLB

Lester: World Series Title Or Bust For Cubs
Cubs lefty Jon Lester failed to win his 20th game for the Cubs on Saturday.