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From the Mag: Greinke's masterful 2015 season reflects all he's learned

The Mets face Zack Greinke on Saturday night at his most dominant, and ahead of the start, Steve Wulf traces his path to greatness.

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Rogers: Cubs turn to Hendricks in Game 2

Don't look past Kyle Hendricks just because he's soft-spoken and unemotional. The Cubs' Game 2 starter knows how to pitch and says he's ready. The Cubs need him to be, or they could be headed back to Chicago down 0-2.

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Spratt: The breakout MLB defenders of 2015

Scott Spratt lays out the breakout defenders of 2015, one at each position in each league; it's a nice blend of young stars (including Kevin Kiermaier) and veterans (Francisco Cervelli).

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Joe Maddon's lineup choices pay off for Cubs

The Chicago Cubs manager made some unconventional decisions in the NL wild-card game that were reminiscent of a famous Connie Mack move in 1929.

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Cubs to start Hendricks in Game 2 of NLDS

Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon has elected to start second-year right-hander Kyle Hendricks in Game 2 of their best-of-five NL Division Series against the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday

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How do you pitch to Josh Donaldson?

Josh Donaldson had an MVP-caliber season for the Blue Jays. A breakdown of how to pitch to the Toronto slugger.

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Stark: My World Series prediction

Our guy Jayson Stark doesn't have the best track record when it comes to predicting who will win the World Series. But this year is different. We promise!


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Brandon Moss is a mild surprise at 1B for the Cardinals today. Moss has never faced Kyle Hendricks. But he did reach base 6 times in 9 trips last weekend in Atlanta. Mike Matheny: "We need to keep him hot. We think he can be a difference maker"

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Minimal changes to the Cardinals lineup compared to game one: Facing RHP Kyle Hendricks, lefty Brandon Moss gets the nod at 1B, pushing rookie Stephen Piscotty to RF, and Randal Grichuk to the pine. Yadier Molina is back behind the dish, bum thumb and all.

Kyle Schwarber not in Game 2 lineup

The Cubs' power-hitting lefty won't start vs. Cardinals LHP Jaime Garcia in Game 2 of the NLDS tonight, while right-handed batters Jorge Soler, Austin Jackson and Miguel Montero all got the nod.


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Adam Wainwright on how the Cardinals' game one win vs. the Cubs affects the rest of the NLDS: "Well, I think the statistics speak for themselves in that regard...for us to get out to a 1-game lead was huge." For the record, the Cards have never lost an NLDS after winning the opener (8-0).

ICYMI: Prince goes face down

The celebration of winning Game 2 of the ALDS didn't start off great for Prince Fielder, as his attempt to climb the dugout fence ended with him tumbling to the ground.


Adrian Beltre excused from team practice

The Rangers 3B was excused today so he could rest his lower back strain. Beltre exited Game 1 of the ALDS early and didn't play in Game 2. He'll be evaluated before Game 3 vs. the Jays on Sunday night.

Cubs have been here before

And it has never worked out well for them. Prior to Friday's Game 1 defeat, Chicago had lost the first game of a postseason series 11 times. On each of those occasions, the Cubs failed to win the series.

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Saturday's MLB postseason schedule

  • Game 2: Cubs at Cardinals, 5:37 p.m. ET (Cardinals lead NLDS series 1-0)
  • Game 2: Mets at Dodgers, 9:07 p.m. ET (Mets lead NLDS series 1-0)
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History against Cubs after losing Game 1

The Cubs have lost Game 1 of a postseason series 12 times in team history after falling to the Cardinals on Friday night. Chicago never rallied to win the series in any of the 11 previous series.


BBTN: Game 2 is a must-win for the Cubs

The Cardinals took Game 1 of the NLDS, and Tim Kurkjian said: "If [Kyle Hendricks] can win Game 2, then you have Jake Arrieta going at home in Game 3. That's why this one is so important."


The enigmatic, unhittable Zack Greinke

In advance of his Game 2 start in the NLDS vs. the Mets, The Mag examined Greinke and found a resiliency in the enigmatic Dodgers ace that has enabled the possible Cy Young winner's record-book season. Mastery and mystery

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Cal Ripken Jr. interested in Nationals job

During a recent radio interview, Ripken said he would "answer the phone" if Washington GM Mike Rizzo called about the Nationals' managerial opening. Ripken's interest

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Crazy Stat of Day: Jacob deGrom threw 75 fastballs in Mets' win last night. Only TWO were slower than 95 MPH (94.7 MPH and 94.9 MPH).

Adrian Beltre unsure of Game 3 status

The Rangers 3B left Game 1 of the ALDS vs. the Blue Jays with a lower back strain and sat out Game 2. As for Sunday's Game 3, Beltre said he "can't really say" if he'll play. The Rangers are up 2-0 in the series.


BBTN: This postseason will see many K's

In the Mets' 3-1 win over the Dodgers in Game 1, both teams recorded more than 10 strikeouts for the first time in postseason history. Said Tim Kurkjian: "It's going to happen again, not once, but twice in this postseason."


Perez gets doused during interview

Salvador Perez was busy talking about the Royals' come-from-behind win in Game 2 of the ALDS but a teammate snuck up on the catcher and gave him an early shower to celebrate.


Piscotty: 'It was a lot of fun'

Cardinals rookie Stephen Piscotty, who hit a HR in Game 1, marveled over John Lackey's start and credits his coaches for getting him prepared for the spotlight of the postseason.


Mendoza happy to be broadcasting pioneer

ESPN's Jessica Mendoza on being the first woman to call a nationally televised MLB playoff game: "If you're good at something, it doesn't matter your gender."