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  • Javier Baez says he feels fine after Game 5
    Javier Baez said after Game 5 of the NLCS that he feels fine.

    Advice: Baez felt something in his ankle after rounding second base on his bases-clearing double in the eighth inning, but he stayed in the game and told reporters after that he's 100 percent. He should be good to go for Game 6 on Saturday in Chicago. Yesterday, 10:34 pm
    New Player Note
    Javier Báez ChC - 2B,3B,SS
    W, 7-4 @Cin
  • Chapman gives up two runs in ninth
    Aroldis Chapman gave up two runs in the ninth inning in Game 5 of the NLCS against the Dodgers on Thursday.

    Advice: The Cubs had a six-run lead going into the bottom of the ninth, so they didn't really need to use him, but he hadn't pitched since Game 2 on Sunday, so Joe Maddon apparently wanted to get him some work. Chapman gave up two hits and a walk before finally snuffing out the last-gasp rally from the Dodgers. He threw 19 pitches and his availability shouldn't be an issue as the series moves to Chicago this weekend. Yesterday, 9:59 pm
  • Maeda allows one run in brief start vs. CHC
    Kenta Maeda allowed one run in 3 2/3 innings Thursday in Game 5 of the NLCS against the Cubs.

    Advice: Oddly, Maeda was pulled with two on and two out in the fourth with opposing pitcher Jon Lester coming to the plate. Josh Fields got Lester to fly out to left field to officially close the book on Maeda. The outing could have been much worse, as Maeda needed 26 pitches to get through the first inning. After giving up an RBI double to Anthony Rizzo and walking Ben Zobrist, he struck out Javier Baez and Jason Heyward to avoid further damage. Maeda struck out six batters in all and was pulled at 76 pitches. His bullpen went on to allow seven runs. Yesterday, 9:31 pm
  • Blanton gives up go-ahead homer in loss
    Joe Blanton gave up a go-ahead two-run homer to Addison Russell in the sixth inning in Thursday’s Game 5 loss to the Cubs.

    Advice: Blanton is one of the reasons the Dodgers have managed to make it this far this season, as he posted a 2.48 ERA and 80/26 K/BB ratio over 80 innings during the regular season. He also pitched well (and often) during the NLDS against the Nationals. But he might be running on fumes at this point. The veteran right-hander has allowed seven runs on seven hits (including three homers and a double) and two walks in three innings so far during the NLCS. Yesterday, 9:30 pm
  • Russell homers in second straight game
    Addison Russell went 2-for-5 with a two-run homer in Thursday’s Game 5 win over the Dodgers.

    Advice: We’re probably not going to hear any more calls to bench him anytime soon. The game was tied 1-1 before Russell put the Cubs ahead with a two-run blast to distant center field against Joe Blanton in the sixth. The Cubs tacked on five more runs in the eighth to put the game out of reach. After going 1-for-24 to begin the postseason, Russell has now homered in back-to-back games. Yesterday, 9:29 pm
  • Javy Baez hits bases-clearing double in win
    Javier Baez went 3-for-5 with a bases-clearing double, a run scored, and a stolen base in a win over the Dodgers in Game 5 of the NLCS on Thursday.

    Advice: The Cubs had a four-run lead when Baez came up with the bases loaded in the top of the eighth and he put the game to bed with a drive which nearly went over the right-center field fence. He gave the Cubs a bit of a scare when he came up hobbled after changing his mind about going for a triple, but fortunately he felt well enough to stay in the ballgame. Baez has arguably been the breakout star of the postseason. In addition to his excellent defense, he’s batting .371/.395/.571 across nine games. Yesterday, 9:28 pm
    New Player Note
    Javier Báez ChC - 2B,3B,SS
    W, 7-4 @Cin
  • Lester goes seven IP as Cubs win NLCS Gm 5
    Jon Lester fired seven innings of one-run ball as the Cubs topped the Dodgers 8-4 in Game 5 of the NLCS on Thursday.

    Advice: The Cubs are now just one win away from their first trip to the World Series since 1945. The Dodgers were determined to try to get in Lester’s head, but it just didn’t happen. The lone run scored on a ground out in the fourth inning. The veteran left-hander allowed just five hits in all while walking just one batter and striking out six. He has compiled a 0.86 ERA and 14/2 K/BB ratio in 21 innings over three starts this postseason. Yesterday, 9:27 pm
  • Boras says Harper is feeling fine physically
    According to Jon Morosi of MLB Network, agent Scott Boras said that his client Bryce Harper is "doing fine physically" and will soon begin normal offseason strength and conditioning.

    Advice: Harper missed five games in August due to a neck injury and also reportedly played through a shoulder injury this season. The Nationals shot down the reports about the shoulder, but Harper didn't deny it, which is telling. It also helps explain his decline at the plate this season. The 24-year-old saw his OPS drop from 1.109 to .814. The good news is that it sounds like he should be fine with some extended rest this winter. Yesterday, 4:39 pm
  • Braves' Marksberry waking up from coma
    According to WXIA-TV in Atlanta, Braves left-hander Matt Marksberry is waking up from a medically-induced coma at an Orlando area hospital.

    Advice: Marksberry went to the hospital Tuesday for a colonoscopy because of severe stomach issues, but he suffered a seizure during the procedure and had his lung collapse. The report cites sources close to the family who say that he was put on life support and in a medically-induced coma, but fortunately, it sounds like he's making progress. Marksberry's brother, Eric Marksberry, posted on Facebook on Thursday afternoon that doctors had removed the Endotracheal tube and were waiting for him to wake up. As of now, the Braves have only confirmed that Marksberry was admitted to the hospital for "severe dehydration." Yesterday, 3:36 pm
    W, 1-0 vs Det
  • Ruiz hitting cleanup in Game 5 of NLCS
    Carlos Ruiz will hit cleanup in Game 5 of the NLCS against the Cubs on Thursday.

    Advice: In case it wasn't already obvious, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts has made some interesting changes to his lineup with left-hander Jon Lester on the hill for the Cubs. In addition to Ruiz hitting cleanup, Enrique Hernandez will bat leadoff and play second base. Meanwhile, Yasiel Puig will start in right field and bat seventh. Here's the full lineup for Los Angeles: Hernández 2B, Justin Turner 3B, Corey Seager SS Ruiz C, Howie Kendrick LF, Adrian González 1B, Puig RF, Joc Pederson CF, Kenda Maeda SP. Yesterday, 2:08 pm
  • David Ross behind the plate for NLCS Game 5
    David Ross will start behind the plate for Game 5 of the NLCS against the Dodgers on Thursday.

    Advice: It's the standard arrangement with left-hander Jon Lester on the hill. Ross is 1-for-9 with a homer this postseason. The full lineup for Chicago: Dexter Fowler CF, Kris Bryant 3B, Anthony Rizzo 1B, Ben Zobrist LF, Javier Baez 2B, Jason Heyward RF, Addison Russell SS, Ross C, Lester SP. Kenta Maeda will start for Los Angeles. Yesterday, 1:41 pm
  • Schafer elects to become a free agent
    Logan Schafer has elected free agency.

    Advice: Schafer was outrighted off the Twins' 40-man roster earlier this week and had the option of testing the open market, so he took it. A career .214/.292/.318 hitter, the 30-year-old outfielder will likely have to settle for a minor league contract and invite to spring training leading into 2017. Yesterday, 9:50 am
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    W, 6-3 @CWS
  • Tigers, Martinez unlikely for long-term deal
    Tigers GM Al Avila said he does not anticipate engaging in long-term contract negotiations this winter with outfielder J.D. Martinez.

    Advice: Martinez is scheduled to become a free agent after the 2017 season and will be looking for big-time money in any sort of extension talks with the Tigers after registering a combined .898 OPS over the last three years. Avila said the team needs to get younger and cut some payroll: "I don’t foresee any talks of a long-term contract at this point," the GM told reporters in his season-wrapping presser. "Sitting here today, we’re not thinking that way right now. Can’t say we wouldn’t be thinking about that down the road." Yesterday, 9:07 am
  • Edwards Jr. (hamstring) available for Game 5
    Carl Edwards Jr. (hamstring) said he expects to be available for Game 5 of the NLCS on Thursday.

    Advice: Edwards was pulled from a relief appearance in Game 4 on Wednesday after experiencing tightness in his left hamstring, but it was apparently nothing significant. The 25-year-old right-hander has delivered 3 2/3 scoreless innings over five appearances this postseason for the Cubs. Yesterday, 6:56 am
    W, 7-4 @Cin
  • Cubs muffle Adrian Gonzalez in Game 4
    Adrian Gonzalez went 1-for-4 with a single in Wednesday's NLCS Game 4 loss to the Cubs.

    Advice: Gonzalez drove in three runs over the first two games of the NLCS, but the Cubs have kept him in check over the last two. In Games 3 and 4, he has gone a combined 1-for-8. The veteran slugger will try to help his club to a 3-2 series advantage when he faces off with Jon Lester in Game 5 on Thursday. Wednesday, 9:27 pm
  • Russell snaps skid with two-run HR in Gm. 4
    Addison Russell launched a two-run home run off Julio Urias in the fourth inning of Wednesday's 10-2 win over the Dodgers in Game 4 of the NLCS.

    Advice: At the time Russell smashed his two-run opposite field homer to right with one out in the fourth inning, he had managed just one hit in his last 25 postseason at-bats and was hit-less in his last 18. He broke out and then some starting with that homer. He would go on to pick up two additional singles before the end of the game. Manager Joe Maddon dropped Russell from seventh to eighth in the lineup for Wednesday's game, but wouldn't leave the 22-year-old shortstop out of the loop completely. That patience looks sharp in hindsight. Russell and the Cubs will be opposed by Kenta Maeda in Game 5 as both teams look to snap a 2-2 series tie. Wednesday, 9:15 pm
  • Lackey surrenders two in Game 4 of NLCS
    John Lackey pitched well in Wednesday's 10-2 win over the Dodgers in Game 4 of the NLCS, surrendering three hits over four-plus innings of two-run ball.

    Advice: Lackey was visibly upset when manager Joe Maddon came out to relieve him with nobody out in the fifth inning. The veteran right-hander had walked the first two batters of the frame prior to Maddon's trot to the mound. Both of those runners would come around to score after he exited the contest. For the evening as a whole, Lackey struck out three and walked three while throwing 72 pitches (41 strikes). In two postseason starts, he has allowed five runs on 10 hits over eight innings. Wednesday, 9:12 pm
  • Edwards lifted with left hamstring tightness
    Carl Edwards Jr. was forced out of Game 4 of the NLCS on Wednesday due to left hamstring tightness.

    Advice: Edwards' hamstring tightened up on him in the seventh inning. After receiving a mound visit from trainer Ed Halbur and attempting to throw the ball, he was subsequently relieved of duty. The 25-year-old right-hander will be reevaluated before Game 5 on Thursday. Wednesday, 8:46 pm
    W, 7-4 @Cin
  • Carl Edwards exits with trainer in seventh
    Carl Edwards Jr. was lifted from Game 4 of the NLCS with an apparent injury.

    Advice: Trainer Ed Halbur came out to the mound to check on Edwards in the seventh inning, after which the right-hander was lifted from the contest. The extent and circumstance of Edwards' injury are not yet known, but the Cubs should pass along word after the game. Wednesday, 8:34 pm
    W, 7-4 @Cin
  • Report: Serious health issue for Marksberry
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's David O'Brien reports that while Matt Marksberry has been hospitalized, he is not on life support.

    Advice: Marksberry went into the hospital for a non-baseball procedure on Wednesday. The Braves would only confirm that he was being treated for "severe dehydration." Marksberry's brother wrote on Facebook that the pitcher had been placed on life support. O'Brien reports that that is not the case, writing that he is "unconscious but not on life support and that his vital signs were stable." This is obviously a scary situation regardless. Due to HIPAA rules, the Braves are not allowed to divulge further information as to the exact nature of Marksberry's ailment. Wednesday, 8:10 pm
    W, 1-0 vs Det
  • Matt Marksberry being treated for dehydration
    Matt Marksberry is being treated for severe dehydration.

    Advice: Marksberry is currently under physician's care in a Florida hospital. Unless there is a deeper underlying ailment at play, here, this figures to be a short-term issue for the 26-year-old left-hander. Wednesday, 4:42 pm
    W, 1-0 vs Det
  • Kenta Maeda will start Game 5 for Dodgers
    Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said that Kenta Maeda will start Game 5 of the NLCS regardless of the outcome of Game 4.

    Advice: Clayton Kershaw was an option on short rest should the Dodgers have found themselves facing elimination in Game 5. As the Dodgers have won each of the last two games to take a 2-1 series lead, they won't have to worry about Game 5 as an elimination game, even if the Cubs win Game 4 on Wednesday. In his two postseason starts this month, Maeda has scuffled, surrendering seven runs on nine hits over seven innings. Wednesday, 2:23 pm
  • Cubs drop Addison Russell to 8th for Game 4
    Addison Russell has been dropped to eighth in the Cubs' starting lineup for Game 4 of the NCLS on Wednesday.

    Advice: With the Cubs trailing 2-1 in the series, manager Joe Maddon has made a few notable changes. Russell, who was batting seventh on Tuesday, has been bumped down a spot in the lineup. Jason Heyward will hit seventh in his place after failing to draw the right field start on Tuesday. The Cubs full lineup for Game 4: Dexter Fowler CF, Kris Bryant 3B, Anthony Rizzo 1B, Ben Zobrist LF, Javier Baez 2B, Wilson Contreras C, Jason Heyward RF, Addison Russell SS, John Lackey P. They will be opposed by young Dodgers southpaw Julio Urias. Wednesday, 1:37 pm
  • Addison Russell remains hitless vs. Dodgers
    Addison Russell finished 0-for-2 with a strikeout as the Cubs fell to the Dodgers in Game 3 of the NLCS on Tuesday.

    Advice: Cubs manager Joe Maddon actually pulled his young shortstop for a pinch-hitter in the top of the seventh -- Jayson Heyward, who promptly struck out. Russell is hitless in the NLCS, and he has just one hit in 24 total at-bats since the playoffs began. He looks like a guy who could use a day off, but that's obviously not an option at the moment. Tuesday, 8:49 pm
  • Chapman, Jansen could set reliever record
    According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, "insiders are convinced" that at least Aroldis Chapman and Kenley Jansen will break the reliever contract record this winter.

    Advice: Jonathan Papelbon set the record when he signed a four-year, $50 million deal with the Phillies back in November of 2011. This postseason has shined a light on the value of having an impact reliever late in games, so Chapman and Jansen are set up well for free agency. Heyman opines that even Mark Melancon could land a deal north of the $50 million mark. It's worth noting that neither Chapman nor Melancon can receive a qualifying offer since they were traded during the season. That will only increase their appeal in the market. Heyman lists the Dodgers, Cubs, Giants, Nationals, and Yankees among the clubs who could pay big for a reliever this winter. Tuesday, 12:36 pm
  • Maeda starting Game 5 'as it stands now'
    Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Monday that Kenta Maeda is his NLCS Game 5 starter "as it stands now."

    Advice: Roberts appears to be leaving open the possibility of starting Clayton Kershaw on short rest should the Dodgers be facing elimination. If Kershaw should start on Thursday, he would potentially be available as a relief option in Game 7. Maeda struggled in Game 1 and hasn't pitched well dating back to the last couple weeks of the regular season. Monday, 5:17 pm
  • Logan Schafer outrighted to Triple-A
    Twins sent OF Logan Schafer outright to Triple-A Rochester.

    Advice: The Twins made a host of moves Monday to clear space on the 40-man roster. Schafer batted .238/.342/.317 over 63 at-bats for them this season. Monday, 3:39 pm
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    W, 6-3 @CWS
  • Javier Baez breaks up perfect game on Sunday
    Javier Baez broke up Clayton Kershaw's bid for a perfect game with a two-out single in the fifth inning of Sunday's Game 2 of the NLCS.

    Advice: His single was followed by another from teammate Willson Contreras, which proved to be the club's only two hits in the entire contest. Baez also showed off his baseball IQ in the sixth inning, letting a weak line drive drop in front of him at second base and turning it into an inning-ending 4-6-5-6 double play. With his 1-for-3 effort on Sunday, Baez is now hitting .391/.417/.609 on the postseason. Sunday, 8:03 pm
    New Player Note
    Javier Báez ChC - 2B,3B,SS
    W, 7-4 @Cin
  • Adrian Gonzalez powers Dodgers to Game 2 win
    Adrian Gonzalez clubbed a solo home run leading off the second inning on Sunday, powering the Dodgers to a 1-0 victory over the Cubs in Game 2 of the NLCS.

    Advice: With the victory, the Dodgers have evened up the series at one game apiece as the series transitions to Los Angeles for Game 3 on Tuesday night. Gonzalez got ahead of Kyle Hendricks 1-0, then took him deep to left-center to give the Dodgers an early 1-0 lead. That would prove to be all of the offense the Dodgers required as Clayton Kershaw and Kenley Jansen combined to shut out the opposition. Gonzalez finished the day 1-for-3 and is now hitting .259/.310/.481 with a pair of homers and five RBI in the postseason. Sunday, 7:57 pm
  • Kenta Maeda sluggish in Game 1 no-decision
    Kenta Maeda struggled on Saturday, yielding four hits, three runs and three walks in four innings in the Dodgers' loss to the Cubs in Game 1 of the NLCS.

    Advice: He recorded two strikeouts in the no-decision. Maeda’s biggest contribution was a single off Jon Lester in the second inning, though the hit led to Adrian Gonzalez being thrown out at home plate. The right-hander really struggled in the first two innings, allowing four hits, one walk and a wild pitch in that span. Maeda somehow walked Lester, a career .064 hitter, both times he faced him. He was in line for the loss but was bailed out by Adrian Gonzalez, who erased the Cubs’ two-run lead with a bases-loaded single in the eighth inning. If Maeda pitches again this series, it will likely be in Game 5. Saturday, 9:14 pm
  • Gonzalez singles off Chapman in Game 1
    Adrian Gonzalez went 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI in the Dodgers' loss to the Cubs Saturday in Game 1 of the NLCS.

    Advice: It looked like Aroldis Chapman was going to pitch his way out of a bases-loaded jam in the eighth inning but Gonzalez had other ideas. The veteran slugged a single back up the middle, plating Andrew Toles from third and Chase Utley from second. Gonzalez had been hitless in four career at-bats against Chapman before Saturday. Gonzalez also singled in his first at-bat of the game against Jon Lester, though he ended the inning by getting gunned down at home plate. He’ll try to extend his postseason hitting streak to five Sunday in Game 2. Saturday, 9:11 pm
  • Baez steals home in Cubs' Game 1 victory
    Javier Baez broke out for two hits and a stolen base in the Cubs' win over the Dodgers Saturday in Game 1 of the NLCS.

    Advice: Another day, another dazzling performance from Baez, who is quickly becoming the breakout star of this year’s postseason. Baez stole the show in the second inning by plating Jason Heyward on a double to right field. The hit would have been a single for most players but Baez motored into second to secure the two-bagger. Later in the inning Baez made a move toward home on a failed suicide squeeze, hesitated, then stole the base after catcher Carlos Ruiz made an ill-advised throw to third base. In doing so, Baez became the first Cub to steal home in the postseason since 1907. Baez added a double in the sixth inning for good measure. He’s hit .400 with a homer, three RBI and five runs this postseason. Saturday, 9:02 pm
    New Player Note
    Javier Báez ChC - 2B,3B,SS
    W, 7-4 @Cin
  • Jon Lester yields one run in no-decision
    Jon Lester pitched well in a no-decision, allowing four hits, one run and one walk in the Cubs' win over the Dodgers Saturday in Game 1 of the NLCS.

    Advice: He also recorded three strikeouts. Miguel Montero’s late-inning heroics will grab the headlines and rightly so, but Lester was tremendous on Saturday and should have gotten the win. The only run he allowed came on a solo shot by Andre Ethier that would have stayed in the yard if the wind wasn’t blowing out to left field. Cubs manager Joe Maddon made a somewhat questionable decision by lifting Lester for a pinch-hitter in the sixth inning. The Cubs were ahead at the time and Lester was only at 77 pitches. Lester has been a postseason stud since his Boston days and has continued that trend as a member of the Cubs. Barring a Cubs sweep, he’ll get the ball again in Game 5. Saturday, 8:58 pm
  • David Ross starting behind plate for Game 1
    David Ross will start behind the plate and bat eighth in Game 1 of the NLCS against the Dodgers on Saturday.

    Advice: As per usual, Ross will be paired with Jon Lester. This is the same lineup the Cubs used in Game 4 of the NLDS against the Giants. It goes as follows: Dexter Fowler CF, Kris Bryant 3B, Anthony Rizzo 1B, Ben Zobrist LF, Addison Russell SS, Jason Heyward RF, Javier Baez 2B, Ross C, Lester SP. Kenta Maeda is starting for Los Angeles. Saturday, 12:12 pm
  • Carlos Ruiz could start Game 1 of NLCS
    Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Friday that Carlos Ruiz could start the first game of the NLCS against the Cubs on Saturday.

    Advice: Roberts admitted that the decision hasn't been made yet. Ruiz is a much better hitter against left-handed pitching and Jon Lester is set to take the hill for the Cubs in the opener of the series. Friday, 4:10 pm
  • Kenta Maeda officially named Game 1 starter
    The Dodgers have officially named Kenta Maeda their NLCS Game 1 starter against the Cubs.

    Advice: He was the obvious choice with Clayton Kershaw and Rich Hill unavailable. Maeda, who will square off against Jon Lester, was lit up for four runs over just three innings in an NLDS Game 3 loss to the Nationals. The Dodgers have not officially announced any of their starters beyond Maeda, although Kershaw is expected to get the ball in Game 2. Friday, 2:33 pm
  • Matt Marksberry outrighted to Triple-A
    Braves activated LHP Matt Marksberry from the 60-day disabled list; sent him outright to Triple-A Gwinnett.

    Advice: The Braves now have an extra 40-man roster spot to play with. Marksberry missed the last couple months of the season with a shoulder ailment. Friday, 5:32 am
    W, 1-0 vs Det
  • Maeda throws bullpen session Thursday
    Kenta Maeda threw a bullpen session on Thursday.

    Advice: As of now, Maeda is lined up to start Game 1 if the Dodgers advance to face the Cubs in the NLCS. The Dodgers haven't completely ruled out using him in Game 5 against the Nationals on Thursday, so this is all subject to change. Thursday, 4:23 pm
  • Jon Lester to start Game 1 of NLCS for Cubs
    Jon Lester will start Game 1 of the NLCS on Saturday in Chicago.

    Advice: Cubs manager Joe Maddon made that announcement Thursday in a chat with the media at Wrigley Field. Tuesday night's comeback win in Game 4 of the NLDS against the Giants was huge for Chicago's rotation alignment leading into the best-of-seven National League Championship Series. Kyle Hendricks likely takes Game 2, with Jake Arrieta handling Game 3 and John Lackey on tap for Game 4. Lester pitched eight innings of shutout ball in his one Division Series appearance versus San Francisco. Thursday, 1:14 pm
  • Chapman strikes out side in ninth Tuesday
    Aroldis Chapman delivered a 1-2-3 ninth inning in Game 4 of the NLDS on Tuesday night against the Giants.

    Advice: Chapman surrendered three runs -- one of them charged to him -- in the eighth inning of Game 3, but he was his usual dominant self Tuesday with a chance to close out the pesky Giants. Chapman needed just 13 pitches to strike out Gorkys Hernandez, Denard Span, and Brandon Belt -- in order, all swinging. The fireballing closer will be rested and ready for Game 1 of the National League Champion Series on Saturday at Wrigley Field. Tuesday, 9:27 pm
  • Lackey allows three runs but Cubs win Gm. 4
    John Lackey allowed three earned runs in four innings Tuesday in the Cubs' NLDS Game 4 win over the Giants.

    Advice: Lackey gave up a run in the first inning on a Buster Posey RBI sac fly and two more in the fourth inning on a single and RBI groundout, exiting the game to a San Francisco lead. But the Cubs rallied for four runs in the ninth inning against the Giants bullpen to win the game and advance to the National League Championship Series. Lackey will again serve as the Cubs' fourth starter in that best-of-seven matchup. The opponent will either be the Dodgers or Nats. Tuesday, 9:22 pm
  • Baez hits go-ahead RBI single, Cubs advance
    Javier Baez hit a go-ahead RBI single in the top of the ninth inning Tuesday as the Cubs advanced past the Giants in the NLDS with a 6-5 Game 4 victory.

    Advice: San Francisco opened the ninth inning with a 5-2 lead, but Kris Bryant singled, Anthony Rizzo drew a walk, Ben Zobrist hit an RBI double, Willson Contreras belted a two-run single, Jason Heyward made it to second base on a throwing error after a sac bunt, and Baez drove Heyward in with a shot through the Giants' infield. San Francisco tried five different relievers to get the save, but Matt Moore's terrific eight-inning start was lost. This will be the second straight NLCS appearance for the Cubs. Baez is quickly becoming a household name with his big hits and ridiculous defensive plays. Tuesday, 9:10 pm
    New Player Note
    Javier Báez ChC - 2B,3B,SS
    W, 7-4 @Cin
  • David Ross catching John Lackey in Game 4
    David Ross is starting at catcher and batting eighth in Game 4 of the NLDS on Tuesday.

    Advice: Ross will catch John Lackey, who's taking his first turn in this best-of-five series. It's actually the same lineup the Cubs used in Game 1, when Jon Lester pitched: Dexter Fowler CF, Kris Bryant 3B, Anthony Rizzo 1B, Ben Zobrist LF, Addison Russell SS, Jason Heyward RF, Javier Baez 2B, David Ross C, John Lackey SP. San Francisco, trailing 2-1 in the series, will turn to left-hander Matt Moore. Tuesday, 1:21 pm
  • Aroldis Chapman blows Game 3 save chance
    Aroldis Chapman blew a save chance Monday against the Giants, allowing a go-ahead, two-RBI triple to Conor Gillaspie in the bottom of the eighth inning.

    Advice: After Travis Wood yielded a leadoff single and Hector Rondon walked a batter, Cubs manager Joe Maddon called upon Chapman to get the final six outs. He struck out Hunter Pence but then permitted the three-bagger to Gillaspie, which was followed by an RBI single from Brandon Crawford. It was bizarre seeing Chapman struggle so much, especially as he allowed three straight lefties to reach base before being pulled. He threw 21 pitches but should be available Tuesday should a save opportunity arise. Tuesday, 12:04 am
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