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Sun, 23 Oct 2016 11:27:26 PDTFor the first time since 1945, the Chicago Cubs are going to the World Series. Now all that stands between them and ending a 108-year championship drought is four wins against the Cleveland Indians. Then again, nothing seemed more improbable than the Cubs actually winning a pennant to begin with.
Sun, 23 Oct 2016 07:20:17 PDTOne way to realize just how long it's been since the Chicago Cubs last reached the World Series is to look at how much the game has changed since then, on and off the field. The Cubs are making their first appearance since 1945 and chasing their first title since 1908. INTEGRATION: Jackie Robinson became the first black player to reach the major leagues in 1947, two years after the Cubs' last World Series appearance.
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 15:31:39 PDTThe 2016 World Series is right around the corner. While we wait to figure out just who will be playing the Cleveland Indians we know for sure that Joe Buck will be there. As Fox Sports’ lead broadcaster, Buck is everywhere, especially during MLB and NFL playoffs.
Wed, 19 Oct 2016 23:45:18 PDTLOS ANGELES — One of the biggest questions the Chicago Cubs faced heading into Game 4 of the National League Championship Series was how to jumpstart their offense and, more specifically, what they should do about shortstop Addison Russell. Russell answered both questions in the fourth inning Wednesday in the Cubs’ win over the Los Angeles Dodgers. What should the Cubs do?
Wed, 19 Oct 2016 13:16:52 PDTIf you want to know just how important the Cubs are to Chicago, a good place to start is at the end. In a city where fans have been known to scatter ashes of the dearly departed at Wrigley Field, families of those who could no longer wait 'till next season are planting Cubs pennants and flags at the graves of loved ones or sending them off to the great beyond with Cubs hats and jerseys in their caskets. Resting easy has never been easy for Cubs fans, after all.
Tue, 18 Oct 2016 20:51:40 PDTSAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Giants reliever Josh Osich underwent a procedure on his left knee Tuesday in Los Angeles.
Tue, 18 Oct 2016 08:25:12 PDTThe Chicago Cubs are on a mission to end the franchise’s 108-year World Series championship drought. Meanwhile, the folks at Adidas have jumped on their bandwagon full-force with a unique promotion aimed at reversing the Curse of the Billy Goat, which some believe has infected the team since 1945. The sports apparel company began a campaign during the NLDS to distribute “#$@& Curses” signs to Cubs fans at various locations around Chicago, and particularly Wrigley Field.
Mon, 17 Oct 2016 19:09:58 PDTChicago Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta no-hit the Los Angeles Dodgers the last time he pitched at Dodger Stadium. Although Arrieta isn't banking on duplicating the feat, which occurred Aug. 30, 2015, the 2015 Cy Young Award winner believes he can use it to his benefit when he and the Cubs face the Dodgers in the National League Championship Series on Tuesday. "You try to tackle them accordingly," Arrieta said Monday.
Mon, 17 Oct 2016 00:23:05 PDT(Reuters) - The Chicago Cubs have made a habit of delivering the timely late-inning hit this season, but on Sunday it never arrived as they suffered a rare offensive shortcoming in a loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Chicago’s dynamic hitters were stunted by ace pitcher Clayton Kershaw who shut them down in a 1-0 loss that tied the best-of-seven National League Championship Series 1-1. "That’s why he’s the best left-hander in the game for the last five or six years,” catcher Miguel Montero told reporters of Kershaw, who held Chicago to just two hits.
Mon, 17 Oct 2016 00:13:54 PDTThe Chicago Cubs have made a habit of delivering the timely late-inning hit this season, but on Sunday it never arrived as they suffered a rare offensive shortcoming in a loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Chicago's dynamic hitters were stunted by ace pitcher Clayton Kershaw who shut them down in a 1-0 loss that tied the best-of-seven National League Championship Series 1-1. "That's why he's the best left-hander in the game for the last five or six years," catcher Miguel Montero told reporters of Kershaw, who held Chicago to just two hits.
Sun, 16 Oct 2016 15:28:27 PDTFor those keeping score at home, Maddon used three relievers in the seventh inning, two more - including regular closer Aroldis Chapman - in the eighth and Hector Rondon to close out the ninth. The Dodgers began the eighth with right-hander Joe Blanton, then had him load the bases with two intentional walks, and left him in to face Cubs left-handed pinch-hitter Miguel Montero.
Sat, 15 Oct 2016 18:26:30 PDTJavier Baez stole home on Saturday night and it was something that Chicago Cubs fans hadn’t seen in a long time. Well, let’s put it this way: The Cubs have won a World Series since one of their players stole home in the postseason. Baez’s second-inning steal was the first for the Cubs since 1907, the first of two straight championships before their infamous World Series title drought began.
Sat, 15 Oct 2016 10:32:47 PDTIs Taylor Swift to blame for the Giants early playoff exit? If you enjoy a good conspiracy theory, you’ll like how some San Francisco Giants fans are attempting to explain the team’s loss to the Chicago Cubs in the National League Division, which ended their run of three straight even-year World Series championships. It was never about the even years at all, but rather years Swift released a new album.
Sat, 15 Oct 2016 10:31:28 PDTJoe Maddon was driving his RV through Virginia two years ago when he got the news. Andrew Friedman was leaving Tampa Bay to take over the Los Angeles Dodgers. A month after Friedman's departure, Maddon was introduced as the 54th manager of the lowly Chicago Cubs.
Sat, 15 Oct 2016 00:36:08 PDTJavier Baez is putting on quite a show for the Chicago Cubs. Whether he's hitting a game-winning home run or making some spectacular defensive play, Baez has been hard to miss in these playoffs. ''I've got a job to do,'' Baez said.
Fri, 14 Oct 2016 18:31:50 PDTYou couldn’t ask for more in a postseason series than this: Two of baseball’s most storied franchises, two of the game’s best pitchers, two of its best young stars, two fanbases hungry to return to the World Series.
Fri, 14 Oct 2016 16:25:37 PDTThe Chicago Cubs announced that Kyle Hendricks will start Game 2 of the National League Championship Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers, followed by Jake Arrieta and John Lackey. Jon Lester has already been announced as the Cubs' starter in Game 1, which takes place Friday night at Wrigley Field in Chicago. The Dodgers have not announced their scheduled starting rotation beyond right-hander Kenta Maeda in Game 1.
Fri, 14 Oct 2016 15:58:33 PDTAbout the time Travis Wood was dousing Chicago Cubs general manager Theo Epstein with champagne Tuesday night, Epstein was explaining the prevailing theory of roster construction. "You build it for 162 (games) and you watch it play out, "Epstein said. The Cubs beat the Giants in four games with a four-run rally in the top of the ninth inning Tuesday, only the second time in playoff history a team had scored four runs in the ninth inning to win a postseason clincher.
Fri, 14 Oct 2016 15:09:04 PDTClayton Kershaw entered Dodgers lore Thursday night, right alongside the last ace to lead the franchise to a World Series title. In 1988, Orel Hershiser came out of the bullpen for the final out of Game 4 of the NL Championship Series against the New York Mets. Hershiser, who had thrown seven innings the day before, retired Kevin McReynolds on a flyball with the bases loaded in the 12th inning, enabling Los Angeles to win the game 5-4 and even the series.
Fri, 14 Oct 2016 04:29:09 PDTA look at the best-of-seven National League Championship Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago Cubs:
Thu, 13 Oct 2016 23:57:48 PDTJose Bautista and wild-card Toronto hit eight home runs in their three-game sweep of Texas in the AL Division Series. Kluber was magnificent in his postseason debut, pitching three-hit ball for seven shutout innings as Cleveland swept Boston. The Dodgers will be working out at Wrigley Field, fresh off winning the deciding Game 5 of the NL Division Series in Washington.
Thu, 13 Oct 2016 21:45:21 PDTJon Lester is all set for Game 1 of the NL Championship Series on Saturday night. The rest of the Chicago Cubs' rotation depends on the health of Kyle Hendricks. Hendricks left Game 2 of the Division Series against San Francisco when a comebacker went off his right forearm in the fourth inning.
Thu, 13 Oct 2016 15:30:59 PDTThe Giants want to make sure Madison Bumgarner never goes elsewhere. San Francisco general manager Bobby Evans spoke with Bumgarner and reached out to the ace left-hander's representatives to let them all know the Giants are ready to begin discussions on a new contract whenever they are. ''We want to make sure Madison is here for the long haul,'' Evans said Thursday.
Thu, 13 Oct 2016 13:54:13 PDTLarry Baer left the ballpark in the sixth inning, and he remembers the exact moment because of the Kiss Cam on the scoreboard. The Giants CEO needed to get to Yom Kippur services at his synagogue by sundown Tuesday night, and San Francisco led the Cubs 5-2 at that point. Baer parked and arrived for the Kol Nidre service at 8:15 p.m. - 15 minutes early for a change - then eventually went inside and turned off his phone.
Thu, 13 Oct 2016 11:41:07 PDTThere’s no denying that Max Scherzer is one of the best pitchers in baseball. He has the numbers, the no-hitters, the Cy Young, even the contract. He’s probably going to win another Cy Young in November too.
Thu, 13 Oct 2016 10:50:06 PDTA look at what's happening all around the majors today:
Thu, 13 Oct 2016 08:51:16 PDTWASHINGTON - - Max Scherzer was asked last year about impending free agent pitchers that his team could sign during the annual Washington Nationals WinterFest event. "It is all about winning," Scherzer said. Scherzer has been all about winning since he signed a seven-year contract with the Nationals prior to the 2015 season.
Wed, 12 Oct 2016 16:01:37 PDTSAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Bruce Bochy has often been bleary-eyed and exhausted going through it all this year. His once-reliable bullpen hit bump after bump and an offense that appeared so powerful way back in spring training regularly faltered when it mattered most.
Wed, 12 Oct 2016 15:31:07 PDTBest in the majors this season, the Chicago Cubs cleared their first big October hurdle. Game 1 is at Wrigley Field on Saturday. ''I think it validates on a lot of different levels the job that we have done to this point,'' manager Joe Maddon said.
Wed, 12 Oct 2016 14:00:57 PDTThe San Francisco Giants’ Game 4 loss to the Chicago Cubs in the National League Division Series must have been tough for a lot of players. While the Giants’ bullpen completely melted down in the ninth inning of Tuesday’s game, Casilla was never called upon to enter the contest. Manager Bruce Bochy turned to five different relievers during the inning.