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Cubs manager Maddon envisions entire coaching staff returning for 2018

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CHICAGO -- After surviving some choppy moments to reach the National League Championship Series for a third consecutive season, manager Joe Maddon wants his staff to return intact next season.

"The staff has done a great job," Maddon said Wednesday. "Our staff has been awesome, and they're tight, a tightly knit group. There's a lot of synergy ...Read more

Worn-out Cubs on brink of elimination after Dodgers cruise in Game 3

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CHICAGO -- After battling first-half fatigue, succumbing to the Brewers in a three-game sweep in mid-September and overcoming the Nationals in a draining five-game division series, the Cubs' 2017 season is on subsisting on fumes.

The ominous task of repeating as World Series champion reached the critical stage after the deeper and refreshed ...Read more

Dodgers one win away from first World Series since 1988

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CHICAGO -- Yu Darvish stepped outside the batter's box as his eyes registered the location of the last pitch. It was a fastball from Cubs reliever Carl Edwards Jr., like the three pitches before it, and it was not a strike, like the three before it. Darvish roared and chucked his bat into the grass. The trajectory of the lumber was not majestic ...Read more

Jake Arrieta plans to savor his Wrigley Field start while hoping for more

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CHICAGO -- A proverbial limb, not a fence, is where Jake Arrieta will find himself standing when this season is over.

The free-agent-to-be, along with his agent Scott Boras, both have said the 2015 Cy Young winner will test the market.

Late last week, Boras called Arrieta "a squirrel with a lot of nuts in the tree ... a big-game squirrel," ...Read more

'Bullpenning' all the rage as playoff teams yank starters earlier and earlier

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A new terminology has entered baseball vernacular: "bullpenning."

It started with a phone call ... to the bullpen.

Cubs fans got a major dose of it during the team's run to the 2016 World Series title, especially when manager Joe Maddon pulled starter Kyle Hendricks with two outs in the fifth inning of Game 7 and his team leading 5-1.

In the ...Read more

With food, water and hugs, Molina delivers help to Puerto Rico

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ST. LOUIS -- A short drive from where Yadier Molina grew up in Vega Alta, Puerto Rico, and into the Mavilla neighborhood, the Cardinals catcher stood atop a blacktop road surrounded by stripped-clean and snapped trees and covered with a message that gave words to the reason he came home.

"AYUDA," it listed. "AGUA. ALIMENTO."

Translated it ...Read more

Judge's offense and defense help lift Yankees over Astros in Game 3

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NEW YORK -- Three pitches into Monday's fourth inning, Aaron Judge galloped onto Yankee Stadium's warning track and hurtled into its right-field wall to retrieve a deep drive. As ball met glove, Judge's oversized torso smashed into an advertisement that foretold the night's events.

GREATNESS AWAITS, it read.

In the bottom of the inning, Judge ...Read more

The Dodgers' bullpen has the confidence to be dangerous for the Cubs

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CHICAGO -- A baseball team must secure at least 27 outs in order to win a game, and so Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts fills the hours before each postseason contest contemplating a countdown.

He consults with his coaching staff and the analysts from the front office. He gauges the readiness of his various relievers. The group ...Read more

Back-to-back games for Kenta Maeda? No problem, Dodgers say

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CHICAGO -- After recording three outs in Game 1 of the National League Championship Series with the Chicago Cubs, Kenta Maeda did not pitch for the Dodgers on Sunday night. He was warming up as Justin Turner's game-winning homer cleared the center-field fence.

Maeda had never been a reliever before this postseason, but manager Dave Roberts ...Read more

Cubs offense needs early spark from others besides Addison Russell

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The odds of the Cubs recovering from their 2-0 deficit and winning the National League Championship Series seem as long as Justin Turner's game-winning home run Sunday night.

But Addison Russell, who has played a large part in the Cubs' postseason heroics the last two seasons, provided some perspective.

"I feel like we're one swing away, one ...Read more

Despite inconsistency, Carl Edwards Jr. remains confident in self, Cubs

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LOS ANGELES -- Carl Edwards Jr. had lost his way.

But panicking wasn't an option.

The Cubs relief pitcher calmly wandered the maze of hallways outside the team's clubhouse at Dodger Stadium on Saturday night after a 5-2 loss in Game 1 of the National League Championship Series.

He was looking for an exit.

"It's not easy to remember," he said...Read more

Cubs' World Series ring taken off auction site, scout no longer with organization

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CHICAGO -- An authentic Chicago Cubs World Series ring has been removed from an online auction, and the scout who tried to sell it is no longer with the team.

The Sun-Times first reported that auction site Lelands.com cooperated with the Cubs in taking the ring down about two weeks before bidding was set to close.

Team spokesman Julian Green ...Read more

Justin Turner's walk-off home run gives Dodgers a 2-0 lead over Cubs in NLCS

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LOS ANGELES -- On the 29th anniversary of Kirk Gibson's walk-off blast, the Los Angeles Dodgers added another chapter to franchise lore when Justin Turner thundered a game-winning, three-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning to give the Dodgers a 4-1 victory in Game 2 of the National League Championship Series against the Chicago Cubs.

...Read more

Former White Sox pitcher Daniel Webb, 28, dies in Tennessee ATV accident

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Former White Sox pitcher Daniel Webb died in an ATV accident in Tennessee on Saturday at the age of 28.

Webb pitched in parts of four seasons with the Sox, going 7-5 with a 4.50 earned-run average in 94 games as a reliever from 2013-16.

"Daniel left many friends within the Chicago White Sox organization and we are all shocked and stunned by ...Read more

Joe Maddon to meet with MLB's Joe Torre regarding NLCS Game 1 ejection, postgame comments

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Cubs manager Joe Maddon said he will meet with Major League Baseball executive Joe Torre before Sunday's Game 2 of the National League Championship Series.

Maddon said Torre reached out to him following Maddon's ejection in Saturday's night's Game 1 after Maddon voiced his displeasure with MLB's obstruction rule, in which catcher Willson ...Read more

Walks, relief woes resurface for Cubs in first game of NLCS

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LOS ANGELES -- Fatigue didn't set in Saturday night for the Cubs as much as another outbreak of control problems, an ineffective bullpen and a dormant offense.

By the time manager Joe Maddon released some frustration in the form of an ejection, the Dodgers were putting the finishing touches on their 5-2 victory in Game 1 of the National League ...Read more

Paul Sullivan: Cubs bats don't pop, but Joe Maddon does during and after Game 1 of NLCS

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LOS ANGELES -- America was introduced to Chicago's pop tax controversy Saturday night at Dodger Stadium, a reminder that you never know what Joe Maddon is going to do next.

Livid over the play-at-the-plate ruling that overturned an out call and gave the Dodgers a seventh-inning run in their 5-2 win over the Cubs in Game 1 of the National League...Read more

Joe Maddon plays a hunch with decision to start Kyle Schwarber

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LOS ANGELES -- Kyle Schwarber tapped his bat on outside corner of home plate and dug his left foot into the dirt in the left-handed batter's box Saturday night.

Clayton Kershaw was standing 60 feet, 6 inches away.

Schwarber took ball one, and so his first at-bat against the three-time Cy Young Award winner had begun.

The result, a groundout ...Read more

NLCS Game 1 turning point: Chris Taylor home run off Hector Rondon

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-- The situation: With the game tied 2-2 entering the bottom of the sixth inning, Cubs manager Joe Maddon took starter Jose Quintana out of the game in favor of reliever Hector Rondon. Chris Taylor stepped into the box to lead off for the Dodgers.

-- What happened next: Rondon, who was left off the division series roster but replaced Justin ...Read more

Puig, Taylor lead Dodgers over Cubs in NLCS opener

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LOS ANGELES--The noise already felt deafening when Chris Taylor started to clap. He was a few strides away from second base. His go-ahead homer, the deciding stroke in a 5-2 Los Angeles Dodgers victory over the Chicago Cubs in Game 1 of the National League Championship Series, had already disappeared beyond the outfield fence. The applause from ...Read more

 

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