10/21/2016 | How to attack Kershaw? Cubs must be aggressive
How can the Cubs beat Clayton Kershaw? Easier said than done, but to start with, they'll need to be far more aggressive than they were in Game 2 of the NLCS, when they watched entirely too many first pitch strikes fly by.
10/21/2016 | Pitch perfect: Rest of NLCS could feature best
As the National League Championship Series shifts back to Chicago with the Cubs up, 3-2, four of the best pitchers in the league are set to start if the Dodgers manage to force a decisive Game 7.
10/21/2016 | Howell takes role as mentor seriously
It doesn't get much better for a Major Leaguer than to still be in uniform in late October, and it doesn't get much worse than to be cut from the roster for the postseason after spending the regular season in the foxhole for each battle. Dodgers reliever J.P. Howell is both as his club resumes the National League Championship Series on Saturday.
10/21/2016 | Evenly matched NLCS set for fascinating finish
When Cubs manager Joe Maddon said earlier this week that his club and the Los Angeles Dodgers were "pretty evenly matched," this was not a tactic, or a smokescreen. It was an honest call.
10/21/2016 | Kershaw's new angle may prove handy in G6
Clayton Kershaw's new weapon is actually an old one. He was a sidearmer through his junior year of high school in Dallas before adopting the over-the-top motion that turned him into a first-round Draft pick and, eventually, a Cy Young Award winner. The coach who helped Kershaw make that transformation still records and watches all of Kershaw's outings.
10/21/2016 | Blanton searches for fix to slider
Having tried to work on mechanical adjustments as much as possible between games, winemaker Joe Blanton joked that he might try looking for the answer to his sudden slump at the bottom of a glass. "Everybody has times when you get into one of these spells," Blanton said after he gave up his second tie-breaking homer of the National League Championship Series on Thursday night, and the Cubs went on to beat the Dodgers, 8-4, to take a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series.
10/21/2016 | Dodgers' offense again stifled by Lester
The Dodgers didn't lose Game 5 of the National League Championship Series to the Cubs because of the left-hander who didn't start on short rest -- Clayton Kershaw -- who gets Saturday's must-win start on extra rest. They lost because of the lefty who did start -- Chicago's Jon Lester -- who held them in check on one run over seven innings.
10/21/2016 | Gonzalez again at center of replays
When Adrian Gonzalez tried to jump-start a Dodgers rally late in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series on Thursday, Javier Baez -- who else? -- was there to quash it. The Cubs' young second baseman came up with yet another postseason defensive gem in the Cubs' 8-4 win at Dodger Stadium.
10/21/2016 | DYK: Facts and figures from NLCS Game 5
Following back-to-back shutout losses, the Cubs rolled to their second straight win, 8-4, on Thursday night in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series at Dodger Stadium.
10/21/2016 | Kershaw, experience give Dodgers hope
The Dodgers' 8-4 loss to the Chicago Cubs left the Dodgers on the edge of postseason elimination, trailing 3-2 in the NLCS. But you can still see the road to a much happier ending for the Dodgers.
10/21/2016 | Oct. 20 Dave Roberts postgame interview
A postgame interview with Dodgers manager Dave Roberts.
10/21/2016 | LA shutout starters lined up for Games 6 & 7
The Dodgers might have their backs against a wall after their 8-4 loss in Game 5, but they're at least treating it like a comfortable wall given the starting pitchers they have lined up for Games 6 and 7.
10/21/2016 | Statcast of the Day: Why didn't LA run?
Kiké Hernandez danced off first base in the first inning. He jumped, he bobbed, he shimmied, and he generally dared Cubs starter Jon Lester to do what everyone at Dodger Stadium knew Lester cannot consistently do. The left-hander's troubles throwing to the bases are so widely known that Dodgers manager Dave Roberts was comfortable telling a room full of reporters before his team's 8-4 loss in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series that the plan against Lester was to bunt and take huge leads on the basepaths in an effort to "get in his psyche a little bit."
10/21/2016 | Another poor inning puts game out of reach for LA
When a two-run rally in the ninth inning came to an end, the Dodgers could only look up at the scoreboard and wonder what might have happened if they had simply kept it close in an 8-4 loss in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series.
10/21/2016 | Jon artist: Ace, bats have Cubs on cusp
The Cubs are one win away from their first World Series appearance since 1945 after their 8-4 win over the Dodgers in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series on Thursday night at Dodger Stadium. Chicago leads the best-of-seven series, three games to two, with Game 6 scheduled for Saturday at Wrigley Field.
10/20/2016 | Tale of the Tape: Kershaw, Hendricks rematch
Clayton Kershaw vs. Kyle Hendricks went the Dodgers' way in Game 2 of the National League Championship Series, but the Cubs will get another crack at it Saturday at Wrigley Field.
10/20/2016 | Turner breaks franchise playoff on-base record
Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner broke a 60-year-old franchise record in his team's 8-4 loss in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series on Thursday, when he reached safely in a 15th consecutive postseason game.
10/20/2016 | Scully delivers surprise pregame welcome
On Thursday, for Game 5 of the National League Championship Series, the Dodgers added a very special, surprising twist to their daily ritual of a celebrity announcing "It's time for Dodger Baseball," one that the fans didn't know was coming.
10/20/2016 | Kershaw ready for Wrigley in must-win G6
Joe Maddon always makes you think, like this gem from the bespectacled Cubs skipper, who was asked whether the Dodgers sending ace left-hander Clayton Kershaw to the mound for must-win Game 6 of the National League Championship Series on Saturday negates the Cubs' home-field advantage as the series shifts back to Chicago: "He could definitely negate a phone booth," Maddon said. "He's just that good."
10/20/2016 | Kendrick, replay key as Dodgers score in fourth
This time, replay review went the right way for Adrian Gonzalez and the Dodgers.
10/20/2016 | Roberts doesn't seek conversation after replay
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said he did not seek a conversation with MLB officials about the controversial replay decision in Wednesday night's Game 4 of the National League Championship Series.
10/20/2016 | Roberts schedules Friday workout at Wrigley
The Dodgers will fly to Chicago on Friday and work out at Wrigley Field on Friday night, manager Dave Roberts said.
10/20/2016 | NLCS Game 5 starting lineups: Cubs vs. Dodgers
The National League Championship Series between the Cubs and the Dodgers resumes tonight at 8 ET at Dodger Stadium. With the best-of-seven series tied at two games apiece, here are the starting lineups for Game 5.
10/20/2016 | Confident Dodgers turn attention to Game 5
The Dodgers had little spin to explain their 10-2 loss in Game 4 of the NLCS. They simply lost, with the game out of reach by the sixth inning, and all focus is now on a pivotal Game 5, featuring a rematch between Kenta Maeda and Jon Lester.
10/20/2016 | Dodgers can reclaim momentum with pitching
The Dodgers weren't supposed to shut out the Cubs for four straight games and win the National League Championship Series in five. There were moments over the previous two nights when those outcomes may have looked like distinct possibilities, but it was never going to be quite that easy or uncomplicated.
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