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10/6/2015 | Defense to likely dictate Cubs' WC lineup

Cubs manager Joe Maddon didn't want to reveal his lineup for tonight's National League Wild Card Game because he didn't want to give the Pirates any edge. But judging by batting practice on Tuesday, the Cubs could have rookies Kris Bryant and Kyle Schwarber at the corner outfield spots.

10/6/2015 | Moments that will matter in NL Wild Card Game

Tonight at PNC Park, the Pirates and Cubs could see their entire season -- successful as they've been to this point -- come down to their ability to execute in a few key moments of the National League Wild Card Game.

10/6/2015 | Cubs' youth has grown up over breakout season

Cubs rookie Addison Russell proudly wore a blue T-shirt with "We Are Good" in gold lettering on the front. That's a message catcher Miguel Montero started this season. It's a message Cubs veterans have emphasized to the youngsters on the roster.

10/6/2015 | Starlin, Aramis square off one more time

When Starlin Castro was called up to the Cubs in May 2010, Aramis Ramirez was 32 years old, and had been with the team since July 2003. Ramirez was one of the veteran players who helped the then-20-year-old shortstop adjust to big league life.

10/6/2015 | Arrieta ready to carry Cubs on his shoulders

There are some shots that you should never call. The expectations are too great, the odds too long. Jake Arrieta rolling through October, carrying the Cubs to a World Series title on his broad shoulders, is one of those triple bank shots to sink the eight ball, with everyone in the room watching. He might be able to pull it off, but it's unfair -- borderline insane -- to expect it.

10/6/2015 | Arrieta embraces being black hat on road

Jake Arrieta is so confident, he'll probably wear black tonight.

10/6/2015 | Open GIF basket before Cubs-Bucs contest

The Cubs and Pirates meet in the National League Wild Card Game presented by Budweiser tonight at 8 p.m. ET in Pittsburgh. As we prepare for this intriguing matchup, which can be seen on TBS, here's a look at some of the top GIFs from each team's season, courtesy of @MLBGIFs.

10/6/2015 | Oct. 6 Jake Arrieta workout day interview

Oct. 6 Jake Arrieta workout day interview

10/6/2015 | DYK: Arrieta's season one for the ages

It's no secret that Cubs right-hander Jake Arrieta is in the midst of one of the most dominant pitching stretches of all-time as he prepares to take the mound against the Pirates on Wednesday.

10/6/2015 | Russell turning heads in field since young age

When Cubs manager Joe Maddon first saw Addison Russell, he was impressed by the infielder's solid fundamentals. Karl Jernigan takes pride in that. He recalls all the grounders he hit to the young shortstop, starting when Russell was 9 years old.

10/6/2015 | Cubs players trust in unconventional Maddon

All Starlin Castro wanted was a chance to win a spot in the starting lineup again, and Joe Maddon gave him that. All Jason Hammel needed was to pitch deeper in games, and Maddon explained his thinking. All Cubs fans craved was a winner, and Maddon guided the team to the postseason for the first time since 2008.

10/6/2015 | MLB reporters predict NL Wild Card Game winner

As 10 teams embark on the road to the 111th World Series, a collection of analysts, columnists and reporters shared their thoughts on who will come out on top.

10/5/2015 | Arrieta named NL Pitcher of the Month

Jake Arrieta completed his historic second half with another dominant month, earning him the National League Pitcher of the Month honors for September/October.

10/5/2015 | Division Series start times set through Sunday

Major League Baseball on Monday announced the start times for Division Series games through Sunday. FS1 and MLB Network will exclusively televise all American League Division Series games, while TBS will exclusively telecast all National League Division Series games. All postseason games will be telecast in Canada by Sportsnet.

10/5/2015 | Constructing a winner: Cubs

Here's a look at how the Chicago used the Draft, trades, free agency and international signings to build its postseason team.

10/5/2015 | Bryant's jersey the most popular of 2015 season

Taking over a spot that used to be ruled by legend Derek Jeter, Cubs All-Star Kris Bryant became the first rookie to top the list on Monday when MLB and the MLB Players Association jointly announced their ranking of the most popular jerseys for 2015, based on Majestic Athletic jersey sales at

10/5/2015 | Cubs GM Hoyer: 'I love the vibe of this team'

When Jed Hoyer joined Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein in the front office as general manager prior to the 2012 season, he knew they faced a major rebuild, and not just of the team, but the entire organization.

10/5/2015 | 5 reasons Cubs will win World Series

By now, you've probably watched "Back to the Future II," and know the scene in the 1989 movie where Marty McFly realizes the Cubs won the 2015 World Series. Could it happen this year? Here's five reasons why the Cubs, who will face the Pirates in Pittsburgh on Wednesday in the National League Wild Card Game presented by Budweiser, live on TBS at 7 p.m. CT, could win the World Series.

10/5/2015 | Bryant an inspiration to former hometown coach

When the doctor told Matt Lawrence he needed a cancerous kidney removed, and that he wanted to do the procedure in March, Lawrence said, 'No.' He'd already made plans to go to Spring Training to see one of his star pupils, Kris Bryant.

10/4/2015 | McCutchen, Rizzo carry biggest bats into big game

The pitching matchup for the NL Wild Card Game is awesome. But every game needs a big hit, and the likeliest candidates to deliver on Wednesday night are the Pirates' Andrew McCutchen and the Cubs' Anthony Rizzo.

10/4/2015 | Cubs seek elusive trip to World Series

The Chicago Cubs once again have a chance to end their championship drought after claiming the National League's second Wild Card with a 97-65 record. They'll head to Pittsburgh for Wednesday's Wild Card Game presented by Budweiser, live on TBS at 7 p.m. CT.

10/4/2015 | There's hope for big-winning Wild Cards

The Pirates won 98 games; the Cubs, 97. And they still didn't win the NL Central. But they should take heart in knowing that there is precedence of teams winning in the upper-90s and not winning the division, yet capturing the World Series.

10/4/2015 | Arrieta earns WC start with Cy-worthy year

Jake Arrieta, 29, may be the most interesting Cubs pitcher in the world, and not just because he likes kale and wearing tank tops. A few hours before winning his Major League-leading 22nd win on Friday in Milwaukee, he was just "dad," playing with his kids. But when he's on the mound, the right-hander known as "Snake" has some nasty stuff.

10/4/2015 | Cubs' 97-win season could be just the start

On Sunday, the 2015 Chicago Cubs won their 97th game. At this point, there is much more reason to focus on what they have accomplished, as opposed to what they have not. The Cubs held up their end of the bargain on Sunday, finishing the regular season with a 3-1 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers. But the Pittsburgh Pirates refused to cooperate, defeating Cincinnati, 4-0, to take the No. 1 National League Wild Card spot.

10/4/2015 | Cubs headed to Pittsburgh for WC Game

The top road team in the National League has to pack for at least one more trip. The Cubs are headed to Pittsburgh to face the Pirates on Wednesday in the National League Wild Card Game presented by Budweiser, live on TBS at 7 p.m. CT.

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