10/22/2016 | Statcast of the Day: Cubs get to Kershaw
Clayton Kershaw, the best pitcher in the world, again found himself on the mound with the Dodgers' season in the balance, and this time he just didn't have it. Kershaw's elite arsenal and command deserted him in Los Angeles' season-ending 5-0 loss to the Cubs in Game 6 of the National League Championship Series.
10/22/2016 | Catch this: Cubs' catchers make HR history
In this year's National League playoffs, the Cubs' catchers exceeded all expectations at the plate, matching average with power. In fact, Chicago is the first team in history to have all three of its catchers hit a home run in the same postseason, helping to propel the Cubs to their first NL pennant since 1945.
10/22/2016 | For Merullo family, Cubs' World Series run 'beautiful'
The scar was his souvenir, the physical reminder of his professional height. And so, on the off chance it was fixing to fade, the old man used to pick at that thing on his left forearm, a habit that would have been disgusting if it weren't so oddly endearing.
10/22/2016 | Trouble with the curve: Kershaw can't follow script
After making so much progress this postseason to erase the notion that he can't pitch in October, Clayton Kershaw showed up to Game 6 without a curveball, and the Cubs made him pay.
10/22/2016 | Lester, Baez share MVP honors
Together, Jon Lester and Javier Baez hoisted the MVP trophy, having been named as co-recipients for their performances in this National League Championship Series that the Cubs closed out with a 5-0 win over the Dodgers on Saturday.
10/22/2016 | Title time: Cubs, Indians meet eyeing end to World Series droughts
Cubs. Indians. World Series. It's about time.
10/22/2016 | C to shining C! Cleveland awaits Cubs
The visitors' clubhouse at Wrigley Field has never been described as spacious. Players are pretty confined underneath the Friendly Confines, lacking much room between lockers to maneuver. A champagne celebration could be chaotic inside Chicago's cramped quarters.
10/22/2016 | Start times set for World Series
Major League Baseball has announced the start times for the World Series, scheduled to begin Tuesday in Cleveland, where the Indians will face the Cubs.
10/22/2016 | Former Cubs Soriano, Wood on hand for Game 6
Seven-time All-Star Alfonso Soriano played in Chicago long enough during his 16-year Major League career to understand the anxiety -- "angst," as manager Joe Maddon described it -- Cubs fans were experiencing in the hours leading up to Game 6 of the National League Championship Series on Saturday.
10/22/2016 | Cubs get to Kershaw early in NLCS clincher
As Wrigleyville teemed with anticipation about a potential historic night ahead, the Cubs gave the sellout crowd an early reason to cheer -- and relax -- by jumping on Clayton Kershaw for two first-inning runs in a 5-0 Game 6 victory in the National League Championship Series on Saturday night. With the win, the Cubs advanced to the World Series for the first time since 1945.
10/22/2016 | Staumont shows verve with swing-and-miss curve
While Josh Staumont's chances of posting an ERA of 0.00 in the Arizona Fall League came to an end on Saturday, the Royals' No. 10 prospect still was plenty good for Surprise in a 10-8 win over Glendale
10/22/2016 | Hendricks a rock star: G6 start legendary
The text arrived early Saturday, just as it does on the morning before each of the son's starts. John Hendricks scripts it to be simple -- "You don't want to clutter him" -- and positive, hoping it's a reminder that dad is watching and rooting and so very proud.
10/22/2016 | Cecchini goes deep for first Fall League homer
Gavin Cecchini continued his strong Arizona Fall League campaign by going 3-for-5 with a solo home run on Saturday, though the performance wasn't enough to keep Scottsdale from falling to Peoria, 3-2, at Peoria Stadium.
10/22/2016 | Oldest Indians champion rooting for new winners
It is a unique distinction, but it's one Eddie Robinson has no interest in maintaining. The last living member of the last Indians team to win the World Series? That's not exactly a badge of honor for the 95-year-old former first baseman on the 1948 champs. "I think it's time," Robinson said. "And this may be the year."
10/22/2016 | For every challenge, Tribe has found solution
Every team encounters adversity throughout a baseball season. In the wake of setbacks, fans are often left wondering what their team might have accomplished if so many things had not gone wrong. For Cleveland, which is preparing for the World Series, the question is a little different this year. Could the Indians have pulled this off if everything had gone according to plan?
10/22/2016 | Doby, Paige highlight special 1948 World Series
Jackie Robinson and Dan Bankhead became the first African-American players to appear in the World Series as members of the National League-champion Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. But there are other thresholds worth celebrating, and it was the '48 Indians that became the first World Series-winning ballclub to feature African-American players, in Larry Doby and Satchel Paige.
10/22/2016 | Schwarber to AFL; World Series a possibility?
On Monday, Kyle Schwarber went to Dallas for a six-month checkup on his left knee, which he injured in the third game of the regular season. The Cubs and the slugger were both surprised when he got the go-ahead to play games, which could mean that he'll be on the roster for the World Series.
10/22/2016 | NLCS Game 6 starting lineups: Dodgers vs. Cubs
The National League Championship Series between the Dodgers and the Cubs resumes tonight at 8 p.m. ET at Wrigley Field. Chicago, leading the series, 3-2, would clinch a World Series berth with a victory.
10/22/2016 | Whereabouts of Tribe's '48 title pennant remains a mystery
It once flapped in the breeze above old Municipal Stadium, a physical representation of a triumphant World Series title that the Indians have fought futilely to reclaim for the past 68 years. Our best guess is that it was upwards of 15 feet wide, a broad banner broadcasting Cleveland's clout to any and all. And because the importance of that 1948 outcome has only grown in measure with each successive season that has led to this 2016 return to the Fall Classic stage, you could say the importance of this pennant has only grown in importance, too. Now, if only we knew where the heck it is.
10/22/2016 | Hall of Famer Bunning recovering from stroke
Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Bunning suffered a stroke on Tuesday at his home outside Cincinnati, according to multiple reports. Bunning's family and friends said, however, that the former U.S. Senator from Kentucky is recovering and watching baseball.
10/22/2016 | The warmup: The scene before Game 6
With a spot in the World Series at stake, we're on the scene around Chicago and at Wrigley Field prior to Game 6 of the National League Championship Series between the Dodgers and Cubs to help get you fired up for tonight's game.
10/22/2016 | Diaz notches pair of hits from leadoff spot in Fall League win
Isan Diaz has overcome multiple challenges this year. So facing perhaps the hardest-throwing pitcher he's ever faced Friday night wasn't going to faze Diaz.
10/22/2016 | Cubs can clinch vs. Kershaw (8 ET, FS1)
If you're going to end a World Series drought, you might as well do it against a distinguished opponent. That's the chance that the Cubs have given themselves. They'll face Clayton Kershaw on Saturday night, with the Dodgers backed against the wall.
10/21/2016 | Cosart has bone spurs removed from elbow
Jarred Cosart underwent successful surgery to clean up his right elbow, and the Padres remain hopeful that the 26-year-old right-hander will be fully recovered by the start of Spring Training.
10/21/2016 | New approach against lefties big key for Hendricks
How did Kyle Hendricks manage to improve so much despite strikeout and walk totals that didn't really change? By making changes to handle his one big weakness: left-handed hitters.
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