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Stark: Cubs rock Wrigley Field in Game 3 win

No ballpark has ever seen history like that made by the Cubs when they blasted six home runs against the Cardinals to put themselves on the cusp of winning their first postseason series in Wrigley Field.

7hDavid Schoenfield

Monday's Top 5: A day of big bats

Oh, just another day with four playoff games, hours upon hours of hours of baseball excitement, and plenty of offense.

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Padilla: Royals shock Astros to force a Game 5

Facing a four-run deficit with six outs left in their season, the Royals rallied for five runs in the eighth and two more in the ninth to stun the Astros with a 9-6 win in Game 4 to stave off elimination.

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Caple: Blue Jays hold nothing back to return to Toronto

With their backs against the wall, the Blue Jays came out swinging in their 8-4 Game 4 win against the Rangers. But by pulling R.A. Dickey early for ace David Price, did they handicap their chances of winning Game 5?

18hBuster Olney

MLB sends message with Utley suspension

MLB's suspension of Chase Utley is a message that it wants to get rid of plays in which baserunners go out of their way to crash into fielders.

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MLB sends message with Utley suspension

MLB's suspension of Chase Utley is a message that it wants to get rid of plays in which baserunners go out of their way to crash into fielders.

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#PhotoOfTheNight: In the words of Cubs fans, "It is happening." With a 'W' last night, Chicago has chance to clinch NLCS berth at home today.

Kevin Negandhi @KNegandhiESPN

The Cubs have NEVER clinched a postseason series at home... Today could be a special day on the north side at Wrigley Field

Today's MLB playoff schedule

  • Cardinals at Cubs, 4:37 p.m. ET (CHI leads series 2-1) -- J. Lackey vs. J. Hammel
  • Dodgers at Mets, 8:07 p.m. ET (NYM leads series 2-1) -- C. Kershaw vs. S. Matz


Mets go off for 13 runs in Game 3 victory

After scoring five runs in the first two games of the series, New York got five RBIs from Curtis Granderson in a 13-7 win over Los Angeles, taking a 2-1 series lead.


Cubs lift up Arrieta with six homers

Despite Jake Arrieta's shortest outing since June 16, Chicago took a 2-1 lead in the NLDS thanks to a postseason-record six dingers in its 8-6 win.


Don Mattingly: Call me maybe?

Game 3 of the NLDS was delayed because the replay phone to the Dodgers clubhouse wasn't operating correctly. Los Angeles eventually lost to the Mets 13-7.


Granderson recaps five-RBI night

Mets RF Curtis Granderson discussed his record-setting performance and why he keeps his glove on his head: “I don’t want to lose it. ... This way I always know where it’s at. That way nobody can take it from me.”


Mark Saxon @markasaxon

Chase Utley declined to speak with media through a team spokesman, who shielded him physically from a couple of insistent reporters

Rizzo: 'Our confidence never goes down'

Anthony Rizzo started the postseason 0-for-12, but Chicago's 1B says he was ready to help out Jake Arrieta in "one of his rare hiccups.”


Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

After enduring Adam Wainwright’s curveball to Carlos Beltran, two collapses, then six straight losing seasons, Mets fans had plenty to celebrate during the first postseason game in Queens in nine years. Following pregame introductions that included jeers for Chase Utley and cheers for Ruben Tejada, the Amazin’s blasted the Dodgers, 13-7, on Monday in Game 3 of the NLDS. The Mets took a 2-1 series lead and can advance with a win on Tuesday. The Mets established a franchise postseason scoring record. The previous mark came in a 12-5 NLCS win against the Cardinals on Oct. 15, 2006.

Mets tally 13 runs to grab lead in NLDS

Curtis Granderson drove in five of the Mets' postseason-record 13 runs as they roughed up the Dodgers 13-7 in Game 3, grabbing a 2-1 series advantage. Box score


Mets set postseason record with 13 runs

Curtis Granderson doubled off the wall to up his total to five RBIs -- tying a Mets postseason record -- and giving the New York 13 runs, which is the most the team has ever scored in the postseason and the most the Dodgers have allowed. Follow live

Mets lead by six at the stretch

Adrian Gonzalez put a dent in the Mets' lead with a solo homer to left-center, but Bartolo Colon got out of the inning without any added damage and New York's lead is 10-4. Follow live


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Bartolo Colon in 2015 defies explanation. At any point in history, actually, but especially 2015

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

36-year old John Lackey will start on 3 days rest for St. Louis tomorrow in game 4 of the NLDS. In his 14-year career, Lackey has only started twice on short rest during the regular season (and not since '05), going 1-1 with a 4.82 ERA. But in 2 postseason starts on short rest, he's 1-0 with a 1.69, including a game 7 World Series win during his 2002 rookie season.