Cubs keep slugging homers

Kyle Schwarber cleared the right field scoreboard with his 7th-inning blast to give the Cubs a 6-4 lead. The Cubs are first team with 3-plus HRs in consecutive postseason games since Tigers in 2011. Follow live

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Joe Maddon goes to his fifth reliever of the game, meaning it's looking like at least a seven-reliever game for the Cubs. If it goes extra innings, Kyle Hendricks is probably the guy. Maddon is managing this as a bullpen game, which statheads often advocate for but managers rarely attempt.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Anthony Rizzo has dominated lefties for two years. No pitcher/manager should think they have the advantage bringing in a lefty to face him. He homers off of Siegrist to give the Cubs the lead 5-4.


Rizzo burns Siegrist again

Anthony Rizzo put the Cubs ahead with his solo shot of Kevin Siegrist in the sixth inning. He also homered Siegrist in Monday's game, making it the second time in Cubs history a player went deep off the same pitcher in the same playoffs.

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Cubs bullpen coming through

After replacing Jason Hammel in the fourth, Justin Grimm struck out the side. Then Travis Wood took over in the fifth and retired the first two hitters he saw before getting Matt Holliday to fly out to preserve the 4-2 lead. Follow live

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Great note from the Elias Sports Bureau. That Javier Baez HR was the first postseason HR allowed by John Lackey in 8 years & 74 2/3 IP. Longest postseason streak by a starter since Whitey Forc's 82 1/3-IP streak from 1956-62!

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Joe Maddon pulled Jason Hammel after a leadoff walk in the 3rd while leading 4-2. Least surprised might be Hammel. Maddon has done this to him several times in the 2nd half w early hooks.

Cubs give Hammel early hook

Cubs starter Jason Hammel is out of the game in the 4th inning after allowing a leadoff walk to Jhonny Peralta. Justin Grimm is now in, looking to preserve Chicago's 4-2 lead over St. Louis. Follow live


Baez breaks up Lackey's streak

Prior to allowing a HR to Javier Baez, John Lackey had not allowed a homer in his last 74 2/3 postseason innings. It's the longest homerless streak in postseason play by a pitcher who was primarily a starter since Whitey Ford (82 1/3) from 1956 to 1962. (via Elias)

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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.


Youth bringing big bats for Cubs

With Javier Baez's dinger, Chicago is the first team in postseason history to have four different players, age 23 or younger, homer in a single postseason.

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

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

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

Jayson Stark Senior Writer, 

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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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.