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Cubs overpower Cardinals in Game 4, advance to NLCS

The Cubs pile up and celebrates after they closed out their arch-rivals in the NLDS to win their first postseason series in Wrigley Field.

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Kershaw, Dodgers force Game 5 vs. Mets in L.A.

Clayton Kershaw -- pitching on three days' rest -- dazzled for seven innings as the Dodgers staved off elimination by beating the Mets in Game 4 of the NLDS.

Rangers battle in Toronto, Game 5 of ALDS (3:13)
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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?

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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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California bans tobacco in stadiums under new law

California lawmakers have taken the first step toward accomplishing something Major League Baseball could never do on its own: Stop players from using smokeless tobacco.


Kershaw talk run support after Gm. 4 win

Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw on Justin Turner's 2-RBI double in the Dodgers' 3-run third inning: "It was huge. Any time you get runs like that early, get that quick three-spot against [Steve] Matz ... it felt good."


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“We feel confident,” David Wright said about Game 5. “Jacob threw a great game out there last time."

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David Wright said the biggest difference between Clayton Kershaw in the opener and this game was his ability to throw a curveball for a strike. Last time, the Mets could eliminate that pitch, which made Kershaw more hittable.

Justin Turner with big hit for Dodgers

Dodgers 3B Justin Turner took us through his decisive 2-RBI double down the left-field line in the third to help L.A. avoid elimination: "[Steven Matz] flipped a breaking ball up high over the plate and I put a good swing on it, and luckily enough kept it fair down the line.


Kershaw comes up big, L.A. forces Game 5

On three days' rest, Clayton Kershaw fanned eight over 7 innings to lead the Dodgers past the Mets in a 3-1 win and send the NLDS back to Los Angeles for a winner-takes-all Game 5.


Kershaw clutch when team needs him most

Clayton Kershaw is the first pitcher to go at least 7 innings on 3 days rest and win in a game in which his team could have been eliminated from the postseason since the Pirates' Tim Wakefield did it 23 years ago today against the Braves.


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Cubs celebrate their division series win by jumping on the dugout. Hector Rondon sprays fans while Fernando Rodney gives his patented bow and arrow salute.

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Kershaw after 7 playoff starts had the 2nd worst win pct of any pitcher with that many starts. Charlie Leibrandt (1-7). Huge W on short rest

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The Mets and Dodgers are headed back to Dodger Stadium for a winner-take-all Game 5. In his first major league game in 19 days, rookie left-hander Steven Matz surrendered three runs in five innings. Meanwhile, Clayton Kershaw snapped a five-start postseason losing streak as the Dodgers avoided elimination with a 3-1 win against the Mets in Game 4 on Tuesday at Citi Field. Jacob deGrom will oppose Zack Greinke in L.A. on Thursday to determine which team will host the Chicago Cubs in Game 1 of the National League Championship Series on Saturday.

Kershaw, Dodgers force Game 5 in NLDS

Clayton Kershaw tossed 7 innings of one-run ball and struck out eight, and the Dodgers posted a three-run third to hold off the Mets 3-1 at Citi Field. The series shifts back to L.A. for a decisive Game 5 at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, where Zack Greinke will square off vs. Jacob deGrom Box score


Jansen, Dodgers get out of the jam

The Mets had runners on first and second with two outs, but Kenley Jansen got Daniel Murphy to fly out to end the eighth inning and quiet the Citi Field crowd. The Dodgers still lead 3-1 heading to the 9th. Follow live

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With the tying run at the plate in David Wright and 2 outs in the 8th, Don Mattingly turns to Kenley Jansen for a 4-out save.

Cubs moving on to the NLCS

The Cubs clinched a postseason series win at Wrigley Field for the first time ever behind HRs to hold off the Cardinals 6-4 and advance to the NLCS for the first time since 2003.


Colon does his job, hands off to Clippard

Bartolo Colon struck out two and allowed one hit in two innings of relief. In the eighth, the Mets turned to Tyler Clippard, who recorded a 1-2-3 inning. But the Dodgers still lead 3-1. Follow live


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Lead-off single comes to nothing and Kershaw is through 7 innings for just the 2nd time in a postseason game in his career.

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The Cardinals struck out 13 times in Game 3, which tied a franchise record for a postseason game. And then struck out 15 times today.