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On Baseball: Cubs Are Hitting, Winning and Defying the Ghosts

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 13:33:46 GMT

Addison Russell of the Cubs was safe at first after Pedro Baez bobbled the ball on Thursday night.The Cubs have not reached the World Series since 1945, with Phil Cavarretta and Stan Hack and Harry (Peanuts) Lowrey. One more win and they will be there again.

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Cubs 8, Dodgers 4 | Chicago leads series, 3-2: Jon Lester, Unfazed by Antics, Brings Chicago Cubs to Cusp of World Series

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 16:45:10 GMT

The Cubs’ Addison Russell hitting a two-run home run off Dodgers reliever Joe Blanton in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series.The Los Angeles Dodgers tried to distract Lester on the basepaths, but he threw seven innings of one-run ball as Chicago took a three-games-to-two lead in the N.L.C.S.

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Andrew Toles Goes From Frozen Foods to Dodgers’ Outfield

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 16:57:21 GMT

After starting the year in Class A, Andrew Toles hit .314 in 48 regular-season games for the Dodgers and is hitting .333 in the postseason.A $7.50-an-hour job at Kroger is a long way from Dodger Stadium.

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Indians’ Jose Ramirez Has Been Unlikely Hero as a Super Fill-In

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 02:07:32 GMT

Jose Ramirez began last season as Cleveland’s starting shortstop but was demoted to the minors twice. This season he has been invaluable as a utility player.Last season’s up-and-down shortstop has made a name for himself this year as a switch-hitter taking over in the outfield or at third base as needed.

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On Baseball: A Scrappy Engine Powers the Dodgers’ Ride to the Playoffs

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 01:54:08 GMT

The Dodgers’ Justin Turner was picked off by Cubs shortstop Addison Russell in Game 4.In Game 4, the Dodgers might have played their worst game of the season.

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Cubs 10, Dodgers 2 | Series tied, 2-2: Cubs Thrash Dodgers to Even N.L.C.S. at Two Games Each

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 04:39:18 GMT

The Cubs’ Willson Contreras tagging the Dodgers’ Adrian Gonzalez as he tried to score in the second inning. The play was reviewed, and the “out” call stood.After being shut out two straight games, Chicago got homers from Anthony Rizzo and Addison Russell and piled up runs against a sloppy Los Angeles defense to win Game 4.

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Indians 3, Blue Jays 0 | Cleveland wins series, 4-1: Indians Defeat Blue Jays and Reach First World Series Since 1997

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 02:42:23 GMT

Cleveland Indians first baseman Carlos Santana after making the final out in Game 5 against the Toronto Blue Jays.Cleveland will be seeking its first championship since 1948 after knocking out Toronto in the American League Championship Series.

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He Can’t Drink, but Julio Urias Is Starting in the Postseason

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 16:09:53 GMT

Julio Urias earned a postseason start after going 5-2 with 15 regular-season starts this season for the Dodgers.Urias is set to become the youngest starter in postseason history. But what about other “youngest players”? What happened to them?

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On Baseball: Maddon and His Team Have Their Patience Rewarded

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 04:25:09 GMT

Javier Baez struck out for the Cubs in the ninth inning against the Dodgers in Game 3 of the National League Championship Series.The Cubs broke out of a postseason scoring drought with a fourth-inning eruption on Wednesday night.

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Dodgers 6, Cubs 0 | Los Angeles leads series, 2-1: Dodgers Shut Out Cubs Again and Take 2-1 N.L.C.S. Lead

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 18:29:07 GMT

Catcher Yasmani Grandal after his two-run homer off Cubs starter Jake Arrieta gave the Dodgers a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth inning.Rich Hill gave host Los Angeles six innings of two-hit pitching, and Yasmani Grandal and Justin Turner each homered as Chicago starter Jake Arrieta yielded four runs in five innings.

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The Cubs and Catalina

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 01:35:07 GMT

For three decades, the team, which is currently playing the Dodgers for the N.L. pennant, came to Catalina Island, off the coast of Los Angeles, to prepare for the season.

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On Baseball: How Kenley Jansen Went From Minor-League Catcher to Major-League Closer

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 18:49:07 GMT

Closer Kenley Jansen, left, with Yasmani Grandal after the Dodgers’ Game 2 win over the Cubs on Sunday evened the National League Championship Series.Jansen struggled to hit for five minor league seasons, but the Dodgers organization saw potential in his arm, and a minor league coach helped him develop it.

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Blue Jays 5, Indians 1 | Cleveland leads series, 3-1: Blue Jays Land Blow Against Indians and Promise They Have Fight in Them

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 02:20:45 GMT

Edwin Encarnacion drove in two runs in the seventh after Cleveland elected to walk Josh Donaldson intentionally.Cleveland, which had won all six of its playoff games, missed a chance to clinch the A.L.C.S., with Toronto breaking open the game with two runs in the seventh.

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Cubs Made Los Angeles a Home Before the Dodgers Did

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 21:46:31 GMT

Lolo Saldaña, now 87, was born on Catalina. A photograph in his barbershop from 1947 provided by The Long Beach Press-Telegram shows him, far right, in a Cubs uniform worn by the Hall of Famer Hack Wilson.The Cubs and the Dodgers, vying for the National League pennant, share some surprising common ground.

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Keeping Score: An 0-3 Hole Is Huge, but the Blue Jays Have Hope

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 13:55:22 GMT

Josh Donaldson, left, and Troy Tulowitzki did not enjoy Game 3 of the A.L.C.S. Monday night. The Jays are in an 0-3 hole in the series.Several factors point to the possibility of an improbable comeback by Toronto against Cleveland in the American League Championship Series.

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Indians 4, Blue Jays 2 | Cleveland leads series, 3-0: A Bloody Finger Sidelines Trevor Bauer Early, but the Indians Barely Flinch

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 05:39:26 GMT

Indians first baseman Mike Napoli hitting a solo home run in the fourth inning. He also had a run-scoring double in the first.Mike Napoli had a solo homer and a run-scoring double as Cleveland moved within a game of clinching the A.L. pennant despite losing Bauer after just two-thirds of an inning.

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On Baseball: Jake Arrieta Enters N.L.C.S. Carrying Fewer Innings and a Clearer Head

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 02:55:22 GMT

The Cubs’ Jake Arrieta, who is set to face the Dodgers in Game 3, lost his N.L.C.S. start last season.In anticipation of a lengthy playoff run, the Cubs intentionally had Arrieta throw about 40 fewer innings this season than last.

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As Crowds Grow for the Toronto Blue Jays, So Does Rowdy Behavior

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 22:59:49 GMT

Toronto Blue Jays fans after an Edwin Encarnacion home run in Game 3 of the team’s division series win over the Texas Rangers.A can of beer was thrown toward an Orioles outfielder during Toronto’s home victory in the American League wild-card game, and racial abuse of two Orioles players was also reported.

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Cleveland Indians Can Use Logo and Name in Toronto, Says Canadian Judge

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 00:16:31 GMT

Philip Yenyo, left, in Cleveland in April. A fellow activist tried to get the Indians to play on Monday in spring training uniforms.An indigenous activist challenged the use of the team’s name and its Chief Wahoo logo, but a judge quashed the last-minute attempt.

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Dodgers 1, Cubs 0 | Series is tied, 1-1: Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw Leaves Cubs Flustered in Game 2

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 05:22:37 GMT

Clayton Kershaw at the end of the seventh inning, after a fly ball by the Cubs’ Javier Baez was caught on the warning track.Kershaw delivered his best postseason start, guiding the Dodgers to a 1-0 win that evened the best-of-seven series at a game apiece.

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How Baseball and Journalism Made Los Angeles and Chicago Rivals

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 01:50:47 GMT

Fans arriving at Wrigley Field on Saturday before Game 1 of baseball’s National League Championship Series between the Chicago Cubs and the Los Angeles Dodgers.With the Chicago Cubs and Los Angeles Dodgers playing for the National League championship, newspapers in the two cities kicked off a skirmish. But did they go too far?

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After N.L.C.S. Chess Match, Joe Maddon and Dave Roberts Are Satisfied With Their Moves

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 01:03:09 GMT

The Cubs’ Miguel Montero, hitting a grand slam in the bottom of the eighth inning of Game 1 in the National League Championship Series.Still, the two managers said they welcomed second-guessing of their decisions by fans.

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Javier Baez, Cubs’ Riveting Second Baseman, Is Leaving Mark on Playoffs

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 00:54:28 GMT

Cubs second baseman Javier Baez after a play during Chicago’s National League division series against the San Francisco Giants. In his first full season in the majors, Baez has been a spark plug.Baez, who stole home in Chicago’s N.L.C.S. Game 1 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers and made several key plays in his team’s division series win over the San Francisco Giants, has emerged as a star in his first full season.

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On Baseball: Indians’ Andrew Miller Slices Through Playoffs With Trusty Slider

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 00:12:46 GMT

Cleveland’s Andrew Miller has 17 strikeouts across seven and two-thirds shutout innings this postseason. Of his 55 pitches in the A.L.C.S., 31 have been sliders.The reliever has 17 strikeouts across seven and two-thirds shutout innings this postseason. Of his 55 pitches in the A.L.C.S, 31 have been sliders.

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Cubs 8, Dodgers 4 | Chicago leads series, 1-0: Dodgers’ Late-Inning Gamble Backfires in Cubs’ Timely Grand Slam

Sun, 16 Oct 2016 05:57:19 GMT

Chicago Cubs catcher Miguel Montero celebrated after hitting a grand slam against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the eighth.A series of walks kept Cubs closer Aroldis Chapman out of the way, but also loaded the bases. Then Miguel Montero delivered the third pinch-hit grand slam in postseason history.

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Clayton Kershaw, Fresh Off His First Save, Prepares for Another Start

Sun, 16 Oct 2016 02:30:54 GMT

Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw walked back to the dugout before Game 1 against the Chicago Cubs. He will start in Game 2 on Sunday.Kershaw will take the mound for the Dodgers on Sunday, three days after his relief appearance clinched their spot in the National League Championship Series.

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Indians 2, Blue Jays 1 Cleveland leads series, 2-0: Cleveland Indians, With a Surprise Starter, Silence the Toronto Blue Jays Again

Sun, 16 Oct 2016 02:52:40 GMT

Indians designated hitter Carlos Santana after hitting a home run off Blue Jays starter J.A. Happ in Game 2 of the A.L.C.S. Josh Tomlin allowed only three hits in five and two-thirds innings in place of Trevor Bauer, who injured his right pinkie while working on a drone.

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Keeping Score: Time (It Takes to Complete a Game) Isn’t on M.L.B.’s Side

Sat, 15 Oct 2016 21:01:21 GMT

The Nationals’ Max Scherzer gave up a home run to start a long seventh inning on Thursday.Even in a season where the length of games ticked up, Game 5 between the Dodgers and the Nationals stands out, taking 4 hours 32 minutes to complete.

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On Baseball: Indians’ Future May Rest in the Hands of Their Young Shortstop Francisco Lindor

Sat, 15 Oct 2016 20:05:25 GMT

Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor before Game 2 of the A.L. Championship Series on Saturday. Lindor won Game 1 with a two-run homer.Lindor’s home run won Game 1 of the American League Championship Series, and he had a single that drove in the go-ahead run in Game 2. Many see him as a foundation player for the franchise.

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Keeping Score: Minnows of the Sports World Nip the Titles From the Whales

Sat, 15 Oct 2016 17:30:39 GMT

The Indians on Monday night after they eliminated the Red Sox in their American League division series. Cleveland ranked 28th among 30 teams in attendance.Most of the titleholders in American professional sports are small-market franchises, a situation in need of correction.

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With a Little Luck for a Change, the Cubs Amassed a Fortune

Sat, 15 Oct 2016 16:46:27 GMT

The Cubs’ Dexter Fowler after Kris Bryant homered against the Giants in their N.L. division series. Fowler returned to the Cubs on a one-year contract after exploring free agency.The Cubs’ revival as the best team in the majors arose in part because they had some breaks that allowed a center fielder, a pitcher and a manager to fall into their laps.

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Indians 2, Blue Jays 0 | Cleveland leads series, 1-0: By Limiting Damage, Indians Get off to a Fast Start Against the Blue Jays

Sat, 15 Oct 2016 04:38:38 GMT

Cleveland’s Francisco Lindor after hitting a two-run homer off Toronto’s Marco Estrada in the sixth inning.Corey Kluber’s pitching and a sixth-inning two-run homer by Francisco Lindor allowed Cleveland to claim Game 1 in the American League Championship Series.

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Dodgers’ Dave Roberts Isn’t Managing Like a Rookie

Sat, 15 Oct 2016 01:10:15 GMT

Dodgers Manager Dave Roberts advanced to the National League Championship Series on analytical might.Whether going to his setup man in the third inning or his ace starter in the ninth, Roberts is making all the right moves.

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On Baseball: Relieve, and Achieve, in the Postseason

Sat, 15 Oct 2016 00:58:21 GMT

Cleveland reliever Andrew Miller, a former closer, in a division series game against Boston. The Indians summoned him early twice against the Red Sox.Dominant starters are no longer the norm, as playoff teams are relying more on an aggressive use of their bullpens to carry them to success.

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