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Comeback Kid Kyle Schwarber Rewarding Cubs' Faith with Impact World Series — CLEVELAND - Don't worry. Hitting savant Kyle Schwarber isn't Superman all down the line. In some respects, he's just like you and me. Take the private plane that winged him back to the Chicago Cubs on Monday night, his first trip back to the majors since the devastating knee injury back in early April.

Corey Kluber, Indians Never Gave Cubs a Chance in Exact Blueprint to W.S. Upset — CLEVELAND - You had LeBron James with a triple-double at the building next door. And you had Corey Kluber raising him at Progressive Field. King them. The out of town guys never had a chance. Not even if the Chicago Cubs waited 71 years for this night.

Ernie Banks' Spirit Welcomes World Series Visitors Just Blocks from Wrigley — CHICAGO - All around this city, there is noise. Beautiful and joyful, chaotic and urgent. It is loud. It is majestic and inspiring, the din stretching all the way from Wrigleyville to Michigan Avenue and back, snaking through the neighborhoods, awakening babies, washing over grandmothers, rolling down the city streets and up the sidewalks, closing the bars and then opening them all over again.

Scott Miller's Starting 9 (+6): Droughts & Edges in a Cubs-Indians World Series — CLEVELAND - Pinch us. The 112th World Series starts here on Tuesday night, and the Cleveland Indians will tangle with the Chicago Cubs? For reals? Next thing you'll try to tell us, there are telephones you can carry around that don't plug into the wall that also double as computers.

The Cardinals had the ball for 46:19 against the Seahawks. That's the second-highest time of possession for any team in any game since 2001.

Cubs' Fearless End to 71-Year Pennant Drought Sets Historic World Series Stage — CHICAGO - So, 71 years later, this is what it looks like when the Chicago Cubs storm into the World Series.... Anthony Rizzo hitting everything Clayton Kershaw threw him on the screws, an RBI double, a long ball, a fly ball in the first inning that Los Angeles Dodgers left fielder Andrew Toles plumb dropped.

Clayton Kershaw, Rich Hill Keep Hope Alive with Dodgers Teetering on NLCS Brink — LOS ANGELES - Here they go again: The Los Angeles Dodgers, one loss away from clocking out for the final time in 2016, are handing the ball to Clayton Kershaw. Poor guy. Already, he missed two-and-a-half months this summer with a herniated disk in his back. And this keeps coming up.

Rizzo, Russell's Awakening Is Great Sign for Cubs' NLCS Hopes — LOS ANGELES - It was that moment when you're creeping along through gridlock and, suddenly, the freeway opens clear up. Addison Russell re-introduced himself to this NL Championship Series by walloping a home run, Anthony Rizzo reminded folks that he hasn't gone anywhere by crushing another, and pretty soon all that was left in view was the taillights of the Chicago Cubs.

Chicago Cubs' Lifeless Slump Causing Deja Vu of 2015 NLCS Collapse — LOS ANGELES - By the end of it, a dominant season suddenly fragile, harrowing memories from last October gnawing at their fringes, this is what the toothless Chicago Cubs were reduced to: Ninth inning, Anthony Rizzo hacks at a Kenley Jansen cutter and his bat explodes into three pieces.

Kris Bryant, Javier Baez and the Cubs Building the 'New-Age' MLB Star — CHICAGO - The Chicago Cubs led the league this year in, among other things, wins, winning percentage, run differential and multitasking. Yes, that's right. Multitasking. You feel pretty accomplished when you knock off three things at once?
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Oct 27, 2016

Doctor's opinion: Too much risk involved. The quick starts & stops, and sudden cuts. So Maddon will pick PH spots for the 3 games in Chi:

Oct 27, 2016

Theo Epstein confirms, Schwarber not medically cleared to play OF. So he'll remain in pinch-hitter role for #WorldSeries games in Wrigley

Oct 27, 2016

The #Cubs workout finished, doesn't appear Schwarber took fly balls. Which would mean docs have not cleared him for defense.

Oct 27, 2016

(3) Maddon seems to be leading toward option A, start Schwarber, get 3-4 ABs, try for early lead, then sub def replacement. Stay tuned.

Oct 27, 2016

(2) Start Schwarber, try to earn early lead & get him 3-4 ABs then sub def replacement, or keep him on bench for pivotal late-inning PH role

Oct 27, 2016

(1) If Schwarber cleared to play OF for the Chicago, still an if right now as the #Cubs work out in, this is crux of Joe Maddon's decision:

Oct 27, 2016

Maddon: "If you see Schwarber taking fly balls during workout that means we got clearance." Doesn't mean necessarily he will be in OF.

Oct 27, 2016

From Cubs workout, Maddon hasn't heard yet re. Schwarber clearance to play OF. Just got to Wrigley. "Tried to sleep as long as I could"

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