Cubs storm into lead in second inning

After allowing two runs in the first, Jason Hammel helped himself out with an RBI single. Then Javier Baez put Chicago in the lead with a three-run homer -- his first postseason HR. The Cubs lead 4-2. Follow live

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Don't say 'No' to drafting Noah

In Joe Kaiser's preseason proclamation, he suggests using a late-round pick on the Bulls' Joakim Noah though he's no longer one of the NBA's marquee centers. Fantasy draft tips


Piscotty makes early splash for Cards

Stephen Piscotty became the first Cardinal with three HRs in his first four postseason games and soaked some Cubs fans in the process. St. Louis leads 2-0 in the second inning. Follow live

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Cubs starter Jason Hammel gives up a 2 run HR in the first inning. It's by far his worst inning as he had a 5.23 regular season ERA in first innings this year. Cubs trail early.

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Cardinals at Cubs in Game 4 of NLDS

Chicago sends Jason Hammel to the mound in search of its first NLCS appearance since 2003. St. Louis counters with John Lackey, who tossed 7 1/3 scoreless innings in the Cardinals' Game 1 win, their only win of the series. Follow live

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Rob Manfred says at Wrigley that protecting infielders is "high on our radar screen" but a rule will be challenging to word. "I think the way we had to work through the home-plate situation gives you a feel for how difficult it is to write that kind of rule."

Wayne Drehs ESPN Senior Writer 

Lifelong Cub fan Joe Howard, 25, went all Doc Brown for his game day garb. Howard grew up a Cub fan despite his older brother loving the White Sox. "As a kid I waited for a day like today. Now that it's here, I had to go all out and bring it," Howard said.

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Rose's status for opener in doubt

Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said Derrick Rose "most likely" will not play in the preseason and his status for the team's season opener is in doubt. Rose had surgery to repair a fractured orbital bone on Sept. 30.

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Cubs favored to win NL pennant

Entering Tuesday, Chicago, up 2-1 on St. Louis in the NLDS, has the best odds of making it to the World Series out of the NL, according to the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook. The Mets, up 2-1 on the Dodgers, are close behind.

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NL pennant odds have Chicago as favorite

From Westgate Las Vegas:

  • Chicago: 3-2
  • New York: 2-1
  • Los Angeles: 4-1
  • St. Louis: 9-2

Wayne Drehs ESPN Senior Writer 

Entering Tuesday's Game 4 of the NLDS against the St. Louis Cardinals the Chicago Cubs have never clinched a postseason series at Wrigley Field. It sets the stage for a day that could be unlike any other at the Chicago corner of Clark and Addison.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Joe Maddon says starter Jason Hammel will pitch deep into Game 4 if he "knows where his fastball is going." Hammel has had first inning issues. Watch early for command.

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Cards turn to Lackey on short rest

Down 2-1 in the NLDS, the Cardinals will send John Lackey to the mound on three days' rest. Lackey shut out the Cubs through 7 1/3 innings in Game 1. Chicago will counter with Jason Hammel.

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Monday's homers by the numbers

Stats & Info provides a breakdown of the 21 home runs hit between Monday's four divisional games.

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Buccigross: Happy hockey new year

The hockey new year is upon us, so let's dive into predictions for standout rookies, how some intriguing teams look so far, early playoff projections and the top 10 college teams in the land.

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Chicago shows unprecedented power

The Cubs' six home runs against the Cardinals on Monday set a postseason record. Perhaps more amazing, the six homers were hit by six different players.

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Cubs looking to take two at Wrigley

Only twice since 1907 has Chicago won consecutive home games in a single postseason. The last time it did, Ronald Reagan was in office.