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A look at Game 1 of the World Series between the Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians — Chicago Cubs vs. Cleveland Indians Best of seven games Game 1: Tuesday at Cleveland, 5 p.m. Chicago: Lester (19-5, 2.44) Cleveland: Kluber (18-9, 3.14) :: Game 2: Wednesday at Cleveland, 5 p.m. Chicago: Arrieta (18-8, 3.10) Cleveland: Bauer (12-8, 4.26) :: Game 3: Friday at Chicago, 5 p.m.

Only five teams have longer World Series droughts than the Dodgers — The Chicago Cubs ' triumph removed another team from the shrinking list of teams with a World Series drought longer than the Dodgers.

World Series first look: Cleveland vs. Chicago Cubs

Former Los Angeles Dodgers prospect Carlos Santana helps Cleveland Indians reach World Series — In 2008, the Dodgers acquired third baseman Casey Blake , in a push toward the World Series . They never would have imagined that the Class A prospect they traded to get Blake would qualify for the World Series before they would return.

NLCS preview: How the Dodgers and Cubs match up — Los Angeles Dodgers ( NL West champions) vs. Chicago Cubs ( NL Central champions) in the National League Championship Series. Here's how they match up: PROJECTED GAME 1 LINEUPS DODGERS LF Howie Kendrick (.255, 8, 40): .186 career postseason hitter for Angels, .290 for Dodgers.

NLCS: A first look on how both Cubs and Dodgers got there — Won NL West with record of 91-71; defeated Washington, 3-2, in division series. Chicago Cubs : Won NL Central with record of 103-58; defeated San Francisco, 3-1, in division series. Game 1: Saturday at Chicago, 5 p.m. PDT, FS1.

A look at the matchup between the Blue Jays and Indians in the American League Championship Series

Nationals stick with Danny Espinosa, for a simple reason — The modern manager speaks in bland corporate tones, but Dusty Baker will have none of that. To the question of why he continues to play slumping shortstop Danny Espinosa , Baker had a blunt reply. "Who else do I got?" Baker said. Espinosa started 152 games at shortstop for the Washington Nationals this season.

Could Dodgers' depth strategy turn off the veterans it needs to succeed? — In the two years that Andrew Friedman has been the Dodgers' president of baseball operations, the team has won the National League West both times, with Friedman building championship teams upon a foundation of depth. That could prove more difficult for Friedman as the years go on, according to Washington Nationals outfielder Chris Heisey.

Failed base-stealing attempt by Nationals proves costly — It was not that he was a pain in the rear. It was that he had a pain in the rear. For three weeks, Daniel Murphy has nursed a strain in the buttocks. He could hit, but he could not run.
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Oct 27, 2016

In a vote of 341 players, Sporting News player of year: Altuve. Trout is 6th, behind 2. Betts; 3. Ortiz; 4. Bryant; 5, Murphy.

Oct 26, 2016

@natfinnonE Yikes. I remember Citrus Bowl (on New Year's!), kicking Clemson's butt & letting a great coach leave for more $ at ASU.

Oct 25, 2016

RT @ithrow88: Two years ago I beat Corey Kluber 1-0....Today, I walked my 2 pugs while wearing a "pug life" t-shirt. Life comes at you fast.

Oct 25, 2016

@natfinnonE Better chance than our Bears getting into Rose Bowl for first time in our life.

Oct 25, 2016

No. AT&T bought Time Warner. Charter bought Time Warner Cable. Different companies. 

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