10/20/2016 | Russell mania! Cub's HR breaks tie in 6th
Addison Russell, who belted a two-run homer to break out of a 1-for-25 slump in Game 4 of the National League Championship Series on Wednesday, connected for another two-run shot in Game 5 on Thursday, this one putting the Cubs ahead of the Dodgers, 3-1, in the sixth inning.
10/20/2016 | Tale of the Tape: Kershaw, Hendricks rematch
Clayton Kershaw vs. Kyle Hendricks went the Dodgers' way in Game 2 of the National League Championship Series, but the Cubs will get another crack at it Saturday at Wrigley Field.
10/20/2016 | Oct. 20 Joe Maddon postgame interview
A postgame interview with Cubs manager Joe Maddon.
10/20/2016 | Turner breaks franchise playoff on-base record
Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner broke a 60-year-old franchise record in his team's 8-4 loss in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series on Thursday, when he reached safely in a 15th consecutive postseason game.
10/20/2016 | Scully delivers surprise pregame welcome
On Thursday, for Game 5 of the National League Championship Series, the Dodgers added a very special, surprising twist to their daily ritual of a celebrity announcing "It's time for Dodger Baseball," one that the fans didn't know was coming.
10/20/2016 | LeBron's lead: Tribe continues Cleveland's renaissance
The gold was gleaming in the midday sun, held aloft for the adoring masses at the IX Center near Hopkins International Airport.Nothing in this town had shined quite so brightly in the 52 years between championships. Maybe that sounds crazy, but that's what sports mean to people around here and LeBron James had learned the value of that attachment over the years. On June 20, on a tarmac in title town, he brought the Larry O'Brien Trophy home, as promised.
10/20/2016 | Hendricks gets chance to pitch Cubs to WS
Already the oft-overlooked member of the Cubs' stellar starting staff, Kyle Hendricks will head into the biggest start of his career with the spotlight shining brightly on someone else.
10/20/2016 | Rizzo stays hot, sparks Cubs in 1st inning
After opening the postseason in a 2-for-28 slump, Anthony Rizzo followed up a three-hit performance on Wednesday with an RBI double on a two-hit night Thursday, and the Cubs rolled to an 8-4 victory in Game 5 of the NLCS.
10/20/2016 | Kershaw ready for Wrigley in must-win G6
Joe Maddon always makes you think, like this gem from the bespectacled Cubs skipper, who was asked whether the Dodgers sending ace left-hander Clayton Kershaw to the mound for must-win Game 6 of the National League Championship Series on Saturday negates the Cubs' home-field advantage as the series shifts back to Chicago: "He could definitely negate a phone booth," Maddon said. "He's just that good."
10/20/2016 | A's Montas dealing, making up innings in Fall League action
Frankie Montas recorded a pair of scoreless three-inning outings for the Mesa Solar Sox, the latest coming Thursday afternoon in a 3-2 loss to the Glendale Desert Dogs.
10/20/2016 | Kendrick, replay key as Dodgers score in fourth
This time, replay review went the right way for Adrian Gonzalez and the Dodgers.
10/20/2016 | Williams stays hot with big hits for Javelinas
Justin Williams, the Tampa Bay Rays' No. 15 prospect, put on a show at the plate Thursday, going 2-for-4 with a single, a triple, an RBI and two runs scored as the Peoria Javelinas beat the Surprise Saguaros, 6-4, at Surprise Stadium.
10/20/2016 | Roberts doesn't seek conversation after replay
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said he did not seek a conversation with MLB officials about the controversial replay decision in Wednesday night's Game 4 of the National League Championship Series.
10/20/2016 | One potential matchup may favor Tribe in WS
The 2016 World Series will begin on Tuesday night in Cleveland, with the Indians participating in their first Fall Classic since 1997. As they rest, prepare and watch the rest of the National League Championship Series unfold, should they have a rooting interest? Three key factors say they should pull for a matchup with the Dodgers.
10/20/2016 | Hargrove has stuck with Tribe through thick and thin
Mike Hargrove knows the Cleveland Indians -- good times and bad. He played for them in the late 1970s and early '80s, arguably as rough a stretch as the franchise ever faced. He managed them in the '90s to what can be called the best run of success in franchise history.
10/20/2016 | MLB spreads message of inclusion on #SpiritDay
Thursday is #SpiritDay, a day during which MLB takes a stand against bullying and supports the LGBTQ community by symbolically going purple. Billy Bean will at Dodger Stadium as the Dodgers host the Cubs for Game 5 of the National League Championship Series as Major League Baseball's vice president of social responsibility and inclusion, a former Major Leaguer and a Dodger outfielder and subsequently the only openly gay former big leaguer, and he will be wearing a purple #SpiritDay T-shirt and continuing to spread a message that makes a real difference in people's lives.
10/20/2016 | Tomlin cherishes close relationship with dad
After a recent health scare to his father, Jerry, Indians right-hander Josh Tomlin is extra appreciative of his strong bond with the man who help him in his path to the Majors and the World Series.
10/20/2016 | Knock on wood: Szczur's bat brings Rizzo luck
As Anthony Rizzo moved into the on-deck circle to take some dry swings ahead of his fifth-inning leadoff at-bat, Matt Szczur found himself doing a double-take from the dugout. Rizzo, after striking out his first two times up, had Szczur's bat in hand.
10/20/2016 | Confident Dodgers turn attention to Game 5
The Dodgers had little spin to explain their 10-2 loss in Game 4 of the NLCS. They simply lost, with the game out of reach by the sixth inning, and all focus is now on a pivotal Game 5, featuring a rematch between Kenta Maeda and Jon Lester.
10/20/2016 | Dodgers can reclaim momentum with pitching
The Dodgers weren't supposed to shut out the Cubs for four straight games and win the National League Championship Series in five. There were moments over the previous two nights when those outcomes may have looked like distinct possibilities, but it was never going to be quite that easy or uncomplicated.
10/20/2016 | Tribe in World Series: Better relieve it!
For the sixth time in franchise history and the first time since 1997, the Indians are American League champions after a 3-0 win over the Blue Jays in Wednesday's Game 5 of the AL Championship Series at Rogers Centre.
10/20/2016 | Statcast of the Day: Cubs' key throws
As the Cubs' offense continued to sputter early in Game 4 of the National League Championship Series on Wednesday night, the club's defense made a pair of crucial throws to keep the Dodgers from pulling ahead.
10/20/2016 | Will Maeda cool off hot Cubs? (FS1, 8 ET)
Kenta Maeda looks to put the Cubs back on the ropes after they tied the NLCS at two games apiece with a 10-2 victory on Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium. He'll try to channel the success that Rich Hill and Clayton Kershaw had in starting back-to-back shutouts in Games 2 and 3 when he starts Game 5 vs. Jon Lester today at Dodger Stadium.
10/20/2016 | Cubs reclaim home-field edge with G4 rout
With a 10-2 win over the Dodgers in Game 4 of the NLCS on Wednesday night in Los Angeles, the Cubs evened the best-of-seven series at two wins apiece.
10/20/2016 | Dodgers have themselves to blame in Game 4
For a team that rarely beat itself in 2016, the Dodgers picked Game 4 of the National League Championship Series to come unhinged.
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