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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.


Tags: Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Dodgers, Cleveland Indians

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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.


Tags: Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Dodgers, Game Recap, Misc Rumor, Personal Award

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Indians May Have Danny Salazar Back For World Series

Oct 22, 2016 1:41 AM

After weeks of being broken and bloodied, the Indians' pitching staff might have reinforcements in the World Series.

Starter Danny Salazar, who hasn't pitched since Sept. 9 because of tightness in his right forearm, has thrown well in recent bullpen sessions and might be able to pitch for the first time this postseason.

Manager Terry Francona said Friday that Salazar has "let it go" during some recent workouts and has not been restricted to throwing only fastballs and changeups.

"I think he's ready to pitch," Francona said as they awaited their Series opponent.


Tags: Cleveland Indians, Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Dodgers, Injury, Misc Rumor

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Adrian Gonzalez On Controversial Call: 'Us Against The World'

Oct 20, 2016 6:54 AM

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.

"I knew I was safe,'' Gonzalez said. "We've got plenty of still frames that prove I was safe. Unfortunately, it turned into a trial, and they said there was not enough evidence.''

Gonzalez was called out at home to end the second inning while trying to score from second base on a single by Andrew Toles. A sliding Gonzalez stretched his left hand toward the tip of the plate as Willson Contreras applied the tag with his left hand near Gonzalez's upper left arm.

"It completely changes his way of pitching," Gonzalez said. "Now he gets one guy on base and he's trying not to let that one run score, where if we've got that lead, he feels more comfortable. He attacks it a bit more. It changes everything. One little thing can change the outcome."

Gonzalez tweeted out a photo that appeared to show him as safe. He added the caption, "Somehow this is an out. Takeseries lead tomorrow! Got to do this. Us against the world."


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Clayton Kershaw Could Pitch Game 5 On Short Rest

Oct 19, 2016 5:55 AM

The Los Angeles Dodgers haven't ruled out pitching Clayton Kershaw on short rest in Game 5 of the NLCS against the Chicago Cubs.

If he did start the fifth game, it would be on three days of rest.

Dave Roberts said he's more likely to start Kershaw in Game 5 if the Dodgers win Game 4 and are on the verge of advancing to the World Series. If the Cubs win Game 4, it would be less likely.

"That's why there is no definitive, because there are a lot of variables," Roberts said. "Game 4 in the division series, it was because of the use of the pen and all that stuff -- and that is why we went Kersh instead of Julio [Urias]. So that's why it's not as easy just to make one decision right now."

Kershaw said he's ready for anything.

"Feeling good. All good," he told Fox during Tuesday's game.

"In the playoffs you just kind of wait and see how things are going. I understand that, and I'm ready for that. Whatever game they pick."

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Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago Cubs

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Ben Zobrist Denies Stealing Signs From Dodgers

Oct 18, 2016 7:21 AM

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

"I think it's hilarious," Zobrist said. "No, I was not stealing signs. But I appreciate him thinking my baseball IQ is that high. ... I don't know what he was looking at or what he thought he saw. But really, from second base at Wrigley, it's very tough to even see the signs. It's so dark. All the lights are behind the hitter. ... But I think all catchers are probably a little paranoid about that."

Grandal specifically felt Zobrist was stealing signs from second base with Addison Russell at the plate in Game 1.

"All the sudden, Russell is not taking good swings at sliders, looking like he's looking for a fastball and in a certain location," Grandal told the Los Angeles Times. "Did we know Zobrist had the signs and was doing something for it? Yeah, we did. That's why we do it."

Dave Roberts wasn't fazed by the controversy.

"I think when you watch baseball games, every team's going to try to get any advantage they can, so that's kind of the gamesmanship part of the game," Roberts said.

"That's why catchers or guys on second base give multiple signs and change sequences. So if they are (stealing signs), it wouldn't be a surprise, and there's many clubs that we've played against that do the same thing. That's part of the game."

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Tags: Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Dodgers, Misc Rumor

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Dodgers Name Julio Urias Starter For Game 4

Oct 18, 2016 7:13 AM

The Los Angeles Dodgers have announced that Julio Urias will start Wednesday's Game 4 of the NLCS against the Chicago Cubs.

Urias will become the youngest postseason starting pitcher in Major League history, surpassing a mark previously held by Bret Saberhagen, who took the mound at 20 years, 175 days old in 1984. Urias will be 20 years, 68 days old when he pitches in Game 4.

"Julio, I think that we expect him to just go out there and compete, use his pitch mix and go after these guys," Dave Roberts said. "Give us a chance to win a baseball game. It's what Julio's done all year long."

Urias pitched just 14 innings in September as the Dodgers curtailed his innings. He didn't make a start in the NLDS, but pitched two scoreless innings in Game 5.

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Tommy Lasorda Recovering In Hospital With Back, Shoulder Issues

Oct 17, 2016 7:43 AM

Tommy Lasorda hasn't been attending the Los Angeles Dodgers' recent playoff games as he recovers in a hospital from back and shoulder issues.

Dodgers executive vice president Lon Rosen told the Orange County Register that Lasorda remained hospitalized for the first game of the NLCS against the Chicago Cubs, but he was "feeling better."

Lasorda, 89, was hospitalized in August after a fall in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and required 12 stitches.


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Dodgers Even Series Behind Clayton Kershaw

Oct 17, 2016 1:31 AM

Chicago Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks may may have won the ERA title, but Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw showed why he’s still the king.

Kershaw proved that any concerns about his workload were unfounded as he shut down the Cubs for seven innings and the Dodgers edged Chicago 1-0 to even the NCLS at a game apiece.


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Dodgers To Start Clayton Kershaw In Game 2

Oct 16, 2016 2:20 AM

Three days after he saved the National League Division Series, Clayton Kershaw will get his first look at the National League Championship Series when he starts for the Dodgers in Game 2 on Sunday against the Chicago Cubs.

When last seen, Kershaw was getting the final two outs of the winner-take-all Game 5 of the NLDS at Washington. He threw just seven pitches, two days after throwing 110 in a Dodgers victory.

"Number of pitches wise, it's pretty much the same," Kershaw said Saturday. "The intensity might have been just a hair different."


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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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Max Scherzer Embracing 'Biggest Start Of Career'
Max Scherzer is preparing for what he believes will be the most important start of his Major League career on Thursday night.

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Lobaton, Murphy Lead Nats Past Dodgers To Tie Series
The Nationals beat the Dodgers by the score of 5-2 on Sunday to even the series at 1-all.


Rainout Complicates Dodgers' Plans For Kershaw
Saturday's rainout of Game 2 complicates the Dodgers' plans of pitching Clayton Kershaw on short rest in a potential Game 4.


Nationals To Go With Tanner Roark In Game 2
Tanner Roark was 16-10 with a 2.83 ERA in an impressive return to starting this season for the Nationals.


Scherzer: 'I'm Accountable' For Game 1 Loss
Nationals starter Max Scherzer took the blame for "mistakes" that proved costly in Friday's 4-3 loss to the Dodgers.


Tanner Roark Will Start Game 2 For Nationals
Stephen Strasburg would have started the second game of the series, but he is out for the NLDS after hurting his pitching elbow late in the regular season.

Associated Press

Dodgers To Start Andrew Toles In Left Field For Game 1
The Dodgers will start rookie Andrew Toles in left field against the Nationals in Game 1 of the NLDS on Friday evening.

Doug Padilla/ESPN

Nationals Rule Out Stephen Strasburg For NLDS
Nationals manager Dusty Baker says Stephen Strasburg may miss the team's entire postseason run.


Giants Beat Dodgers For Last NL Wild-Card Spot
The Giants will open this year's playoff run in New York on Wednesday against the Mets.


Ty Blach, Giants Shut Out Dodgers To Hold On To Wild Card Lead
Behind rookie pitcher Ty Blach, the Giants beat the Dodgers 3-0 on Saturday.


Dodgers Set Playoff Rotation; Yasiel Puig To Make Roster
Dave Roberts says Clayton Kershaw, Rich Hill and Kenta Maeda will start the first three games of the NLDS, in that order.

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Dodgers Honor Vin Scully's 67-Year Career
Vin Scully, 88, will retire following next Sunday's game at San Francisco.


Yasiel Puig Sends Madison Bumgarner '#DONTLOOKATME' T-Shirt
A day after Yasiel Puig and Madison Bumgarner feuded on the field, Puig sent Bumgarner a t-shirt with '#DONTLOOKATME' in block letters across the front.

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Benches Clear After Battle Between Madison Bumgarner, Yasiel Puig
No punches were thrown, but each side traded several pushes and shoves.


Kenley Jansen Foresees A 'Tough' Choice In Free Agency
Kenley Jansen is set to become a free agent after the season and foresees a "tough" choice on the open market.

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Dodgers, Brewers Swap Involving Braun-Puig 'Was Never Close'
Recent reports have suggested that the Dodgers nearly sent Yasiel Puig as part of a package to the Brewers for Ryan Braun.

Jon Heyman/Today's Knuckleball

Vin Scully Won't Call Dodgers Playoff Games
Regardless of whether or not the Dodgers reach the playoffs, Vin Scully says the last game he'll broadcast will be the team's regular-season finale.

Associated Press