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Newhall Hart's Trevor Bauer and Mike Montgomery both World Series bound

latimes.com — The World Series that begins Tuesday in Cleveland will include a rarity - beyond the Chicago Cubs taking part in it. Each team has a pitcher who played on Newhall Hart High's 2008 team. Trevor Bauer of the Indians and Mike Montgomery of the Cubs will have something of a reunion.

Cubs feel the passion of an entire city as they earn a trip to the World Series

latimes.com — A sense of anticipation that has been brewing all summer built toward a crescendo for Theo Epstein Friday night, when the Chicago Cubs president took his dog for a walk around his Lakeview neighborhood home, which is seven blocks away from Wrigley Field .

Of all Cubs' big hits against Dodgers, biggest might have been a bunt

latimes.com — Momentum can be fickle and fleeting in the postseason, where a game, a series and ultimately a season can turn on one pitch, one hit, one play. For the 2004 Boston Red Sox, it was the Dave Roberts' stolen base that sparked a ninth-inning comeback against the New York Yankees in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series.

Dodgers fail to get inside of Jon Lester's head in loss to Cubs

latimes.com — Joc Pederson dropped a two-out bunt toward the mound in the second inning Thursday night. Chicago Cubs pitcher Jon Lester fielded the ball, spun and short-armed a one-hop throw to first baseman Anthony Rizzo, who made the catch for the third out. As Lester walked off the mound, he glared toward...

John Lackey is just that type of guy

latimes.com — Those who watched John Lackey pitch for the Angels from 2002-2010 were not surprised by the Cubs right-hander's extreme reaction to Chicago second baseman Javier Baez throwing away a potential double-play grounder in the first inning of the Cubs' 10-2 Game 4 victory Wednesday night.

Cubs' Anthony Rizzo uses teammate Matt Szczur's bat to bust out of slump

latimes.com — Reserve outfielder Matt Szczur did not make the Chicago Cubs' playoff roster for the National League Championship Series, but his bat did. After striking out in his first two at-bats of Game 4 Wednesday night, Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo switched bats, hauling Szczur's lumber - which he has...

Cubs’ bats break out of slump starting with a bunt

latimes.com — The Chicago Cubs, with all their power and the momentum of a 103-win regular season at their backs, eventually got around to bludgeoning the Dodgers in Game 4 of the National League Championship Series on Wednesday night.

Dave Roberts insists that Kenta Maeda will start Game 5

latimes.com — Dodgers Manager Dave Roberts was asked before Game 4 of the National League Championship Series on Wednesday if there were any circumstances in which he would consider starting ace Clayton Kershaw on short rest in Game 5.

Dodgers vs. Cubs live updates: Julio Urias takes on John Lackey in NLCS Game 4

latimes.com — Dodgers vs. Cubs live updates: Julio Urias takes on John Lackey in NLCS Game 4 Oct. 19, 2016, 4:27 p.m. Game 4 gets underway at Dodger Stadium at 5:08 p.m. PT. Our crew of reporters will provide live updates right here throughout the game. Oct. 19, 2016, 4:27 p.m.

The Dodgers' Corey Seager shows he's more than a first-inning threat

latimes.com — Corey Seager had three hits in Game 3 of the National League Championship Series against Chicago on Tuesday, but the big news was that two of them came after the first inning. The Dodgers rookie entered the game four for seven in first-inning playoff at-bats, 0 for 23 thereafter.
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Oct 23, 2016

RT @ScottMillerBbl: A night unlike any other in our lifetime in Wrigley Field. Column on scenes from the madness:  http://ble.ac/2etgGz8 

Oct 23, 2016

NLCS Notes: Newhall Hart's Trevor Bauer and Mike Montgomery, and possibly Kyle Schwarber, are World Series bound.  http://www.latimes.com/sports/dodgers/la-sp-dodgers-cubs-report-20161022-snap-story.html 

Oct 23, 2016

First WS trip since 1945 assures #Cubs fans, execs, of another bleary eyed week filled with passion, anticipation.  http://www.latimes.com/sports/mlb/la-sp-cubs-sidebar-20161022-snap-story.html 

Oct 23, 2016

RT @Buster_ESPN: ELIAS: This is the first World Series to be played between two franchises each with at least a 50-year current championship drought.

Oct 23, 2016

John Lackey: "Definitely something in the air, something pretty special. Gonna be a fun night. Hopefully we have one more big party." #Cubs

Oct 23, 2016

More Jon Lester: "Yeah, we have superstars on this team, but we have superstars who grind and who care.” #Cubs

Oct 23, 2016

Jon Lester: “Three games ago, we were the worst best team in baseball. We all go through slumps but we never gave up, we kept grinding."

Oct 23, 2016

RT @McCulloughTimes: Justin Turner: "You can't look back and point fingers at what went wrong. We all played our asses off all season long."

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