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Early offseason decisions loom for Bucs
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On the surface, the Pirates don’t appear to have many moving pieces heading into the winter. They must make a few decisions, however, before free agency and trade rumors hit their peak during the Winter Meetings in early December.

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Hendricks, Cubs can halve NLCS deficit in G3
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The Los Angeles Dodgers still haven’t lost this postseason, and they now take their two-game lead in the hunt for a pennant on the road, where the Chicago Cubs hope their opportunistic opponent finally runs into a brick wall.

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DYK? Facts, figures about NLCS Game 2
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Before the Dodgers and Cubs square off again on the North Side of Chicago on Tuesday night, here are the facts and figures you should know from Game 2 of the NLCS.

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Cubs can't gain LA split; NLCS shifts to Wrigley
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The Dodgers maintained home-field advantage in the National League Championship Series with a walk-off 4-1 win over the Cubs in Game 2 on Sunday at Dodger Stadium.

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Maddon, Cubs recognize bats need to do more
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They’re batting a combined .166 with one home run between them so far in the postseason. Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant aren’t the only ones scuffling on the Cubs, but the Dodgers have definitely stymied the pair.

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Cubs counting on reliable Hendricks at Wrigley
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Of Major League Baseball’s four best starting pitchers since midseason, two of them — Stephen Strasburg and Corey Kluber — are home for the offseason. The third, Justin Verlander, gave the Astros one of the best games in his life Saturday, putting Houston on a potential collision course with the American League pennant. Then there […]

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Despite plate struggles, Baez contributing
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Last year, Javier Baez was co-Most Valuable Player in the National League Championship Series against the Dodgers. This postseason has been a different story for the Cubs second baseman.

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Russell not intimidated by postseason stage
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For the second straight night on Sunday, the Cubs struck first at Dodger Stadium, this time when Addison Russell homered to lead off the fifth inning of Game 2 of the National League Championship Series presented by Camping World, a game the Cubs went on to lost, 4-1, to the Dodgers.

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Maddon explains why Cubs turned to Lackey
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Cubs manager Joe Maddon held closer Wade Davis for a save situation that never arose on Sunday night. Rather than calling on his best reliever in a 1-1 game with two out in the ninth inning, Maddon went with starting pitcher John Lackey, who served up Justin Turner’s walk-off homer for a 4-1 loss to […]

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Dress for NLCS: Get Cubs postseason gear
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Check out the Cubs Shop and get suited up for the NLCS in official postseason T-shirts, hoodies, caps and more for the defending champs.

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NLCS Game 1: Joe Maddon postgame interview
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A postgame interview with Cubs manager Joe Maddon.

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NLCS Game 2: Cubs' starting lineup
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The Cubs announced their starting lineup for tonight’s Game 2 of the National League Championship Series presented by Camping World on TBS at 7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. PT.

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